3 Top Rome Markets: Campo de'
Fiori, Mercato di Testaccio and Vittorio
Visit any market in Italy and you will
soon realize that food
here is more than a passion, it is almost a religion. Rome
markets are no exception.
The noisy, colorful markets in Rome
places of worship for the dedicated who come out in all types of
weather just to be able to take home fresh, homegrown produce of the
highest standard. It is also a place where Roman housewives meet up to
hear the local news and catch up on the latest gossip.
if you want to blend into the crowd, and live like a local for a few
hours, rather than being a tourist, then head down to one of the 3
Roman markets we recommend.
In Rome there are 3 markets that stand out as 3 of the best
and worth a visit.
ROME MARKETS: Mercato di Testaccio
This market in Rome lies
next to the
River Tiber and is the very heart of Rome's gastronomy.
before had departed from nearby ports for far off lands such as North
Africa and Egypt and had come back with ships laden with grain and
olive oil and exotic wares to sell.
Trading in this area has
for centuries and trading today in this market is just as vibrant in
This is an area that is
and where you can experience true Roman life.
With over 50 food stalls
to choose from offering anything from horse meat, to fish, chestnuts,
pasta, prosciutto, and succulent tomatoes, there is always lots to
Stalls pulse with good
humor and there
is always time for
a quick joke or hear the latest gossip. Outside cars hoot, lyres
screech and sirens wail, but inside one is oblivious to all of this.
Like in most open-air
markets in Italy
the produce and food on display is only of the freshest and items are
produced with a flash of pride and a flourish if you show just the
slightest hint that you may be interested in buying. Every piece of
fruit, vegetable, fish or meat product is chosen for the customer with
utmost care, and you are never allowed to leave until you appear
completely satisfied with your purchases.
Stall keepers here have
their produce for decades. Older generations give way to the new.
the fishmonger has been working his stall for 60 years. Ranieri
is a fine butcher who has been there a long time too, as has Canestre
who sells organic fruit and vegetables and Volpetti who
hams, salami, cheese, breads and pizzas.
Visit this covered Rome
market on your
next trip. It isn't far from Trastevere,
the Circus Maximus
- about a half hour walk. Don't visit on Sundays as it is
closed. The best times to visit are Tuesdays to Saturdays and get there
after 8:00 a.m.
ROME MARKETS: Mercato Campo de' Fiori
Well, we go from one of
the less known
Rome markets in the Mercato di
Testaccio, to one of the best known Rome
markets in the Campo
de' Fiori. Most people who visit Rome and want to
visit one market visit this one.
Situated behind the Tosca
Andrea della Valle, near the Piazza Navona, it is an attractive and
busy market. Being so central stallholders pay a premium for their
space, but it doesn't show as their cheerfulness and jovial
dispositions prevail whenever a new customer comes their way. Best of
all, because of the problems with parking and accessibility, most
stallholders have a delivery service that will bring your purchases to
your door, if you so wish.
Although the market today
is lively and
attractive in days gone by it was one of the roughest of
neighborhoods. It started its life as a horse market. The piazza
itself, where the market is held, has seen several murders of
notoriety, and during the Inquisition it was here were the executions
took place. Today however, the area is far more genteel, the only crime
one should be looking out for are those looking to pick pockets!
The ambiance of this
market is further enhanced by the many cheese
shops, wine merchants, delis and restaurants that can be found lining
the piazza. One such place is the Antico Forno. It is always filled
with customers clamoring to buy their delicious thin crusted pizzas
Come early to get your
produce at this
Rome market. It is open daily from 6:00 a.m. - 1-30 p.m. except on
Sundays when it is closed.
ROME MARKETS: Mercato Piazza Vittorio
There are many markets in
Rome, but the
next one is probably my favorite. Well, if you were watching your
pockets at Campo
de' Fiori, then you will definitely on the alert at
the market Piazza
Vittoria, also known as the Esquilino
Rome market is not far from the main railway station and is a hive for
pickpockets. However, not withstanding, it is also the largest market
in Rome where you can pick up produce far cheaper than at the Campo or
Testaccio. However, where the other two markets have top quality
produce, here you will need to examine your goods very carefully before
However, what makes this
special is the fact that the stalls are mostly manned by immigrants who
sell ethnic food and produce that you would not normally see in other
Italian markets; spices, coriander, okra, yams, cassava and Asian fruit
They also sell halal meat and fish.
This Rome market is open
every day from
7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. except for Sundays.
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