You’ve not really seen Rome until you’ve ticked off a piazza or two, had some bubbly prosecco, watched the sun descends behind the Colosseum in the late afternoon hours – and visited a locals’ market where you will fall in love with the city and indulge in wonders of local produces, antiques and other artisan creations. Here is a selection of top markets not to miss out on while in Rome.
Mercato Monti | Via Leonina 46
This is one of the most interesting marketplaces in Rome, in which you will find yourself surrounded by vintage clothes, accessories and one-off pieces by local designers. A shopping experience at this modern ambient is well worth the dig through its numerous treasures. This is a perfect place to look for gifts with an indie touch and Roman splendour.
Porta Portese | Viale di Trastevere
Porta Portese is the biggest market in Rome and it was once considered an institution in the city. Today it gives a chance to see the other side of Rome, a place where you can find almost anything. Thousands of stalls offer all kinds of goods, from antique books, old cameras, stamps to furniture and vintage clothes. Reserve your Sunday morning for a treasure hunt at this historic flea market.
Esquilino Market | Via Filippo Turati 160
Probably the best place to find exotic herbs and spices and lose yourself in colours and fragrance of the world is this multi-ethnic food market. The dynamic of Esquilino market dictates an exciting rhythm of vendors chatting and attracting the customers and effortlessly creates a very inspirational setting, especially for the foodies.
Testaccio Market | Via Beniamino Franklin
A modern market that caters to various wants at which you can find almost anything. At offer are artisanal furniture pieces, handmade gifts, clothes and accessories as well as handmade fresh pasta and other Italian delicacies. If feeling hungry on the spot, you will inevitably find several stalls which sell deliciously prepared food.
Campo dei Fiori | Piazza Campo de' Fiori
In the very heart of Rome lies the oldest and the most picturesque market, which name translates into “field of flowers” a spot on description for this folkloristic market. Strolling through the stalls with seasonal fruits and vegetables the mornings at Campo dei Fiori are a feast for all senses. This is really the ideal place to buy Italian specialities which can perfectly accompany a picnic in one of the Roman parks or fresh ingredients before a cooking class. Once the sun sets the market area becomes crowded with people, it turns into a meeting point for an energetic nightlife.
Nuovo Mercato Trionfale | Via la Goletta 1
Planning on preparing a gourmet feast with seasonal ingredients? Head over to Trionfale where you will find an array of coloured stalls selling fresh vegetables and fruits, dried fruits, honey, jam and other fine things. A wide selection of choices will serve as a boost to your creativity, definitely.
Eataly | Piazzale 12 Ottobre 1492
This is a multi-levelled gastronomic experience not to be missed, especially if you have a particular interest in artisanal products. A place which shows how to live the Italian way will charm you with products of high quality and unique flavours whether fresh or from a selection of already prepared meals in one of the restaurants. Among excellent food, here you may find other things such as cookbooks and products from a sustainable production to take home with you and immerse in your own cooking.
Campagna Amica Market | Via di S. Teodoro 74
Every Saturday and Sunday Rome’s best farmers market take place, only a few streets away from Circus Maximus. It is run on a philosophy where all the produces are bio, organic and come from the neighbouring area, therefore, holding on to the 0km policy. From olive oil to honey, bread to dairy, vegetables to fruits they are all being sold directly by the producers themselves and are as fresh as it gets. The market is best visited in the morning, during the peak of Italian agriculture and sustainability.
San Cosimato Market | Piazza di S. Cosimato 64
In the very heart of Trastevere neighbourhood, San Cosimato market displays its stalls rich with all kinds of stuff. Books, clothes, antiques can be found among other things such as fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood. The marketplaces are surrounded by beautiful buildings which show off their colours in the sunlight making each corner a picture perfect moment. The market is open every day except Sunday, and during the summertime, the piazza at which the market takes places has an outdoor cinema.
Lungo il Tevere | Lungotevere Ripa 6
The undeniable romantic atmosphere of this very exciting and unlike any other market is well worth the visit. Be it during the day or at evening, there is plenty to see, try and shop while strolling down the riverside and enjoying the summer breeze. This riverside festival held from June until early September offers space to artists to exhibit their artwork but they are not the only attraction to see, there are also game spots, live music concerts with cocktails and in between each attraction a hand full of vendors with spectacular products.