Best Markets in Rome
As you’ll have noticed, it’s almost impossible to visit Rome in just a few days. That is, of course, because it has so much to offer. However, if you’re staying for the weekend, we highly recommend you visit some of the best markets in Rome. This way, once you go back home, you can really say to have experienced Rome like a local. Some of the markets you’ll see on our list sell food, some others sell clothing, some do both. A number of markets are open throughout the week, while others only on Sundays. Read on if you want to make your Rome experience unique!
Best Markets in Rome: Mercato Centrale
Located right around the corner from the main Termini Station, Mercato Centrale is open every day from 6 am until midnight. There, you’ll be able to satisfy any kind of taste food-wise. Inside they have small restaurants, but also street food if you’re in a rush. We highly recommend this option, especially if you have a train to catch, since how close this market is to the train station.
Best Markets in Rome: Mercato di Testaccio
The Testaccio market is in a huge modern building, open from Monday to Saturday 6am-3pm, making it one of the biggest in Rome. Here you’ll be able to find food as well. If you check out their website, you’ll realize that they organize a series of events to bring the communities together. They not only involve locals, but also tourist who are just passing by.
Best Markets in Rome: Porta Portese
This one is not only one of the best markets of the Eternal City, but also THE flea market of Rome. Situated just a few minutes away from Lungotevere and Viale Trastevere, Porta Portese market is a little gem for both locals and tourists alike. It opens every Sunday from 6 am to 2 pm. There you’ll find anything you might need, and it’s the place to go for some of the most convenient deals on clothes and accessories (after bargaining).
Best Markets in Rome: Campo de’ Fiori
Thanks to the first women who’d bring fresh veggies from the countryside to sell them already back in the 1860s, Campo de’ Fiori can be considered one of the oldest and best markets in Rome. While there, you’ll find fresh meat, fruits, and vegetables, kitchenware, along with beautiful flowers and even souvenirs. The charming square where the market is held from Monday to Saturday 7 am – 2 pm has also inspired famous directors such as Fellini.
Best Markets in Rome: Nuovo Mercato Esquilino
This market is located in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, just outside the A line metro station Vittorio Emanuele. You can access from four different streets: Via Principe Amedeo, via Mamiani, via Turati, and via Lamarmora. It’s open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 5 am until 3 pm. On Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 5 am until 5 pm; on Sundays it’s closed. What makes this one of the best markets in Rome is the variety of food products you can find there. Since the nearby neighborhood is very international, the variety of spices and foreign foods there is outstanding.
Best Markets in Rome: Mercato Nomentano
Last, but definitely not least in quality and variety, Nomentano market has a lot to offer to those who pay it a visit. You can find it next to Piazza Alessandria, not too far away from Villa Torlonia and the B line metro stations Castro Pretorio and Policlinico. It’s open Monday thru Saturday from 7 am to 3 pm, and it’s closed on Sundays. Rumor has it that every now and then celebrities shop there too, although this is something that happened a lot more often back in the day.
We hope you enjoyed reading about the best markets in Rome! It’s really a unique experience (maybe even an old tradition) that brings people together. Check out the tours of Rome we have to offer and see if you’d like to book one with us. Leave a comment below if you’d like to suggest any other market!
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