Since the Testaccio Market moved to its new location on one of the main thoroughfares in the neighborhood, it has become one of the most successful and beloved markets in the city. It is more than just a farmers’ market: the Testaccio Market is a local gathering space, unique shopping and eating experience and haven for foodies. The market is made up of 40 or so stalls selling all sorts of different foods as well as little eateries, boutiques, and cafés. It’s a lovely place to stop for lunch and taste some of Rome’s best local foods, such as Mordi e Vai sandwiches – an institution in the city.
When: Monday – Saturday 6:00am – 2:00pm.
Where: Via Beniamino Franklin, Rome
Just around the corner from the Testaccio Market lies the old Testaccio slaughterhouse, originally one of the largest in Europe. Today the industrial space houses a branch of the MACRO contemporary art museum, organizes events such as concerts and installations, and hosts an organic market on Sundays. The philosophy of the ‘City of the Other Economy’ is present throughout and the space aims to promote sustainable consumerism and agriculture, so all the products are fairtrade and further the message of social solidarity.
When: Sunday from 9:00am – sunset
Where: Largo Dino Frisullo, Rome
This famous covered market close to Termini Station is one of the best places to buy hard-to-find ingredients to use in international cooking, though the market is one of Rome’s largest so you’ll find some of everything within. As soon as you walk into the space you’ll be greeted by vendors selling spices of all shades and colors, a huge array of loose rice, seeds, and grains, uncommon vegetables and more. Piazza Vittorio itself is one of the most multi-ethnic districts in the city so its fitting that the market stocks foods for the local community and it makes for a truly international shopping experience.
When: Monday – Saturday 5:00am – 3:00pm