Markets in Rome
Mercato dell’Unita – Prati
Via Cola di Rienzo.
Buses: 70, 81, 186, 280, 913.
7.00 AM- 8.00 PM
Covered food market, extremely interesting architecturally.
Piazzale Ponte Milvio.
Buses: 911, 446, 201, 301, 168, 232, 220.
6.00 AM- 1.30 PM
Predominantly food, well stocked and well known for its fish.
Via Sannio. Metro A – S. Giovanni.
Buses: 118, 87, 16, 15, 81, 13.
8.00 AM- 1.00 PM, Sat until 6.00 PM.
Situated under the Aurelian walls, it is very similar to the Porta Portese market but much smaller. Mostly sells used and new clothing as well as camping goods. The centre of the market is covered, with stands on the surrounding streets. It sells mainly clothes and accessories.
Piazza di Testaccio
Buses: 13, 23, 57, 95, 716.
6.00 AM- 1.30 PM
Rich and lively market, in a working class area sells mostly food. Mercato di Testaccio contains greengrocers and butchers, fishmongers and sellers of cheese and dairy products, housed in a more permanent structure.
Piazza Campo de’ Fiori.
Bus 44, 46. 62. 64, 70, 81, 90, 90b, 492. 46, 62, 64, 90, 70, 186
7.00 AM- 1.30 PM
Rome’s most picturesque market is also its most historical. Its name, Campo de’ Fiori, which translates as field of flowers, sometimes misleads people into expecting a flower market. In fact the name is said to derive from Campus Florae (Flora’s square) – Flora being the lover of the great Roman general Pompey. A market has actually been held in this now rather shabby, but still beautiful, piazza for many centuries. Every morning, except Sunday, the piazza is transformed by an array of stalls selling colourful fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry and fish. One or two stalls specialize in pulses, rice, dried fruit and nuts and there are also flower stalls situated near the fountain.
Rome is blessed with a wide variety of places to shop… and you cannot enjoy Rome – or any city in Italy – without visiting a local market. Fortunately, in Rome there is an abundance of “local” markets. Markets in Rome sell foods, collectables, flowers, antiques… you name it you can probably find it here in a Roman market!
In addition, there are also the vendors who just set up on the street corners. You can walk around many corners in Rome and find a neighborhood market.