A true jewel of European cities, modern-day Rome still shines with all the glory of its illustrious past. Visitors flock to Italy‘s capital from all four corners of the globe to experience the history, culture, and, of course, world-famous food of Rome. There’s truly no better place to discover the real Italy than in the outstanding markets of its capital. Follow our guide to discover the unmissable pop-ups and world class traders of the streets of Rome.
Borghetto Flaminio Market
This flea market, held on a weekly basis, is a must-visit for anyone in the area surrounding the Piazza del Popolo on a Sunday. The Borghetto Flaminio Market is the place to pick up rare antiques, designer clothing, and the fine cast-offs of Rome’s elite. Spend a wonderful day here rummaging through the superb quality wares to find some real bargains. Rome’s glamorous and fashionable population means that the market is simply a treasure trove of finds. Armani sunglasses, Gucci handbags, and fur coats are just a few of the treats in store from 10am to 7pm every Sunday.
Opening hours: Sun 10am-7pm
Porta Portese Market
Rome’s largest and most famous market, the Porta Portese Market, is around a mile long and spills over into the surrounding backstreets. Endless stalls and traders in carpets, materials, antique goods, clothing and even pets, ensure no end of browsing in this fabulous flea market. Every Sunday from 5am to 2pm, the market transforms this corner of Rome’s Trastevere region into a buzzing hive of activity. Whether you’re looking for a bargain or not, come to soak up vibrant atmosphere, colors, and noise of cheerful calls and banter from traders. The Porta Portese Market is a good spot to pick up souvenirs cheaply.
Opening hours: Sun 5am-2pm
Fontanella Borghese Market
A trip to the Fontanella Borghese Market is an unmissable opportunity for literature and art lovers to peruse ancient etchings and prints as well as bargain books. From 9am to 7pm from Monday through to Saturday, local sellers set up shop with their fascinating collections of items. The market is the perfect place to pick up unique gifts, a far cry from cheaply manufactured tourist items in many other places. Knowledgeable traders will happily regale the history behind your purchases. Antique maps, vintage posters, used cameras, old magazines and newspapers, and exquisite art, are just a few of the treasures to be discovered here at Fontanella Borghese Market.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am-7pm
La Soffitta Sotto I Portici Market
This flea market is a hot-spot with Rome’s young and trendy population, who come to browse the bric-a-brac and vintage wares available from 7am to 7pm on the first and third Sundays of the month. Come and rifle through the second-hand jewelry and clothing here at La Soffitta Sotto I Portici Market to grab a real bargain. The items here exhibit some of the best vintage styles in Rome, with silk scarves, crystal beads, antique lace, and everything a true fashion lover’s heart could desire. Located just outside the Mausoleum of Augustus, and mid-way between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo, the area surrounding this market is one of the most beautiful and historic in Rome.
Opening hours: 7am-7pm on the first and third Sundays of the month
Campo de Fiori
Rome’s historic market place, the Campo de Fiori has existed for over 400 years. The site is a must-visit in any Rome travel guide, and this farmers’ market provides a wonderfully authentic taste of Rome. The name translates as ‘field of flowers’, and an incredible range of products are available to buy here, including beautiful flowers, fresh fruit and vegetables, artisan Italian meats and cheese, and local delicacies such as truffles and homemade olive oils. Soak up the wonderfully Italian atmosphere as you rub shoulders with locals haggling for their daily groceries and as amiable traders banter with their neighbors over your head. The market is open daily and best explored in the mornings with the locals.
Opening hours: daily
Campo de Fiori, Piazza Campo de Fiori, Rome, Italy, +39 06 0608
Campagna Amica Market
This covered market is a perfect spot for foodies. Campagna Amica Market only trades in food sourced from local Lazio farmers and the region surrounding Rome. The freshest fruit and vegetables in the city are to be found here. On Saturdays and Sundays from 10.30am to 7pm, this farmers’ market by Rome’s iconic Circus Maximus spills over with the best seasonal produce that Rome can offer. Honey almost straight from the hive and olives practically just fallen off the trees: Campagna Amica exhibits the best of Rome’s farm-to-table produce and is the perfect way for visitors to support regional farmers and the local environment.
Opening hours: Sat-Sun 10.30am-7pm
Campagna Amica Market, Via di San Teodoro, 70, Rome, Italy, +39 06 489931
San Cosimato Market
Trastevere is one of Rome’s most fascinating areas, with its cobbled backstreets, tranquil hideaways, and many hidden gems. The San Cosimato Market of Trastevere is the best way to gain a taste of this area’s eclectic, historic and cultural feel. The origins of the market date back to the early 20th century and many of the vendors are the descendants of the market’s very first traders. These family-run stalls exhibit the best food produce that Europe has to offer. Gaze in wonder at the Swiss gruyere, Occitan goat’s cheeses, Alpine fontina, and local ricotta at the cheese seller’s, or venture to try the superb quality steaks, quail and numerous meat cold cuts at the butcher’s. The freshest fish in the city can be found here, along with hand-made pasta.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 6am-1.30pm