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Stock up on the kitchen essentials at Mercato di Campagna Amica del Circo Massimo. Organized by the Campagna Amica, a foundation patronizing local produce, this farmer's market is held near the ancient Circus Massimus. The fresh vegetables, fruits, meat and legumes are offered at fabulous prices. Olive oil, milk and pasta are also sold here. Grab a shopping basket and set off to this quaint and interesting market for a fun adventure.
A site for public prosecutions in the olden days, this food market is famous throughout the city and is worth a visit even if you have no intention to buy anything. In the mornings the entire place is filled with fresh flowers lugged by the vendors, making it a sight to behold As well as fresh fish and meat counters, huge amounts of seasonal fruits and vegetables, oriental, Indian and Italian spices and cereals in many different varieties are available here. If buying something then remember to bargain well.
Tradition says that Campo de' Fiori was named after the woman loved by Pompey, Flora, but it is more likely to have come from something a bit less romantic. In the 14th Century, Campo de' Fiori was a long-abandoned field filled with flowers. In the second half of the 19th Century the square became a place of daily market. You may be tempted to buy some of the best fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, spices, tablecloths, utensils and toys. It was also the scene of many executions, most notably that of Giordano Bruno, the philosopher who was burned here in 1600. The statue dedicated to him replaced a fountain that was moved to the nearby Chiesa Nuova square, and a reproduction of it was moved to the side of the Campo de' Fiori.
Mercato Delle Stampe is the place to visit for the book worms. They offer prints, magazines, engravings, and classic books, and lots more variety. Bargain as much as you can for the best deals. Search enough, and you could be lucky with some music and architectural engravings.
The food markets of Rome are world renowned for their vibrancy, variety and top quality products. Piazza Testaccio, named after the eighth hill of Rome is a great place to shop, eat and party. The covered market in here is a treasure trove of fresh, organic vegetables, meat and cheese. And if you are shoe lover, then this is the place to be in for its wonderful bargains. The covered market is open Monday through Saturdays from 7.30a to 1.30p. You can stock up here to sustain while sightseeing.
Also known as the Esquelino Market, this very famous food market is perhaps the largest, best-stocked and cheapest in Rome. It specializes above all in fresh fish, fruit and vegetables and for some years has also been the home oriental food stalls, and a stall with kosher and halal meat. The market is situated at the Piazza Vittorio. It is croded on most days with people buying food essentials. It is an indoor market and has all the sights and smells of the ancient Roman markets.
This market has long been an attraction for locals and tourists alike. With sturdy stalls and just about any meat, dairy, or vegetable product you can find, Nuovo Mercato di Testaccio provides its shoppers with a genuine Italian market experience. It was originally known as Mercato di Testaccio till it shifted its location. Clothes, shoes, and other knick-knacks can be found if you just look hard enough. The building is impressive with solar panels and high ceilings.
This market is famous above all for its stalls of second-hand clothes, which sell jeans, sports clothes, military clothes etc., and some branded ones too, all at low prices. There are also stalls selling new clothes and camping equipment. A trip here is a must! Call ahead for details.
Calling this place merely a shopping center is quite restrictive. First, it is a non-profit association that offers space to merchants who are in line with fair trade and sustainable ideas such as ethical finance, renewable energy, organic farming, reuse and recycling, bioequobar and much more. In addition, La Città tries to promote such ideas through events, exhibitions, sales, concerts and educational activities. A shopping center with a purpose, this place is sure a must visit! Call ahead for more information.
Known for the best bargains in town, this market is the best kept secret of Rome. It offers a variety of items including food items, clothes, accessories and shoes. A regular chaos, it is interesting to watch the activity that takes place here. The market is a little dirty and not very well-maintained. However, this only adds to its raw and rustic appeal. During peak hours it is difficult to move from one stall through other due to the huge crowds. Whenever one is in the area, do visit this market for a memorable experience.
On the first and second Sunday of each month between 9a to 8p, one can see a host of antique-dealers selling their wares at the Ponte Milvio. The crowded streets see customers haggling for bargains as the dealers convince them of the authenticity and the age of the articles. One can find a barrage of goods from pottery and silverware to furniture, clothes, trinkets, accessories, lamps and other bric-a bracs. Witness the overwhelming sight to get a taste of the streets of Rome.