Every district in Rome has a market, these are mostly small local markets that sell fresh produce and bargain clothes. These markets are the ideal place to purchase your daily groceries while staying in an apartment in Rome.
The larger, more famous markets offer a totally different, totally unique experience.
As you shop, admire the stalls of colorful fruits and vegetables. Witness collectors crowding over antiques from an old roman villa’s attic or women contending for designer clothes at bargain prices. Listen to the shouts of vendors offering their produce and breathe in aromas of fresh cheese and cured meats.
When? Sundays 7am – 2pm
Porta Portese is the largest and most famous flea market in Rome. The historic market has inspired songs and poems, and has been featured in many movies. The entrance to the market is through a 17th century arch, bringing vendors and buyers from many parts of the world.
There are second-hand knick-knacks and furniture, books, vintage clothing and antiques, and also fresh juices and delicious foods. To fully enjoy this unique market’s atmosphere, dress comfortably and do not let pickpockets spoil your fun.
When? Third Sunday of every month
More than a hundred antique dealers and private vendors from all parts of Italy participate in this classic vintage market, filled with furniture, clocks, books, prints, paintings, silver and jewelry.
When? Monday to Saturday 7 am – 1:30 pm
This small flea market is for collectors and lovers of vintage books, old prints, music scores, engravings, posters, and magazines.
When? Saturday and Sunday 10am – 8pm
Mercato Monti is a covered market where young and talented fashion designers, stylists, artisans and innovators present their work. This market was established in 2009 and has become a window on the future of ‘Made in Italy’.
When? Monday to Saturday 10am – 8pm
Via Sannio is an open air market located in a lively and historic part of Rome. Expect to find numerous clothing and shoe stalls, alongside vendors offering umbrellas, sunglasses, watches, and items for your home. Unlike other open air markets in Rome, Via Sannio sells only clothing and related items.
When? Monday to Saturday 7am – 2pm
Campo de’ Fiori is the most popular fresh produce market in Rome. Shops in the surrounding square are also worth visiting.
When? Saturday 9am – 6pm, Sunday 9am – 4pm
The market at Circo Massimo is a farmers’ market that aims at providing fresh good quality local seasonal products and specialties. Here, one can find the very best of Lazio’s food delicacies and so much more; from artichokes to truffles, from cheeses to cured meats, honey, wine, olive oils. There are often children’s activities and even food tasting events.
Visiting the markets in Rome is a great way to experience Roman culture. Wherever you are staying, there is likely to be a market nearby. Whether you choose to find accommodation near one of these more famous markets, or search for places to stay in Rome elsewhere, take the time to visit these markets and you will not be disappointed.
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