Top 9 Food Markets To Check Out In Rome, Italy

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Rome, during ancient times, was the centre of Western Civilisation. Though the city has seen its fair share of ups and downs over eras, yet standing in the twenty-first century, the ancient city has still managed to maintain its grandeur. It is a symbol of the great past and an example of architectural brilliance. Present day Rome is one of the cultural centres of Europe and a major tourist hotspot. This city has never failed to charm the people that visit. There is a special aspect of Rome, that is, their unique food markets peppered all across the city. These food markets sell an array of fresh produce that is grown organically in the hinterlands of Rome. These markets are so popular that besides being a centre of commerce for both locals and visitors alike, they have also become one of the major attractions of the city. Here are the nine most famous food markets in Rome:

1. San Cosimato

This market is historic in the truest sense of the term. Not only was this market set up in the 1900s but also some of its vendors are descendent of the original sellers in the market. The market sells a variety of fruits and vegetables, meats, fishes, cheeses, wine and olives. This market serves the locals of the Trastevere or tourists that decide to rent homes than board hotels. The fruits and vegetables are of the highest quality and come from the hinterlands of Rome. Meats are available whole, freshly cut or processed into sausages or meatballs. Besides these, the market also has stalls selling clothes and there is also a flea market on the premises.

San Cosimato

Address: Piazza di S. Cosimato, 64, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

Opening hours: 6.30 am - 2.30 pm

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2. Campagna Amica del Circo Massimo

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Mercato di Campagna Amica al Circo Massimo on Saturday, March 27, 2021

This is a farmer’s market that sits on the weekends. True to its name, the market offers a variety of fresh produce grown by the farmers and food producers of the Lazio region in Italy. Among the ingredients sold are cured meats, an array of fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses, honey, wine, olive oil, homemade sausages and truffles. Besides, many children’s activities, as well as good tasting events, are also conducted within the premises. Another special feature of this market is that visitors can eat lunch made with their chosen ingredients here. It remains closed on Sundays in July and entirely closed in August.

Campagna Amica Del Circo Massimo

Address: 74, Via di S. Teodoro, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Opening hours: Weekends 8 am - 3 pm

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3. Farmer's Market Garbatella

This farmer’s market is situated in Garbatella district and happens during the weekends. It sells an array of fresh fruits and vegetables grown in the Lazio region. This market, though, is known for the seafood it offers which are harvested in the Terracina region in the South of Rome. Apart from fruits and vegetables and seafood, the market offers pastries, jams, honey, fruit juices, sauces and cakes. The market is functional on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 AM to 6 PM and 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM respectively.

Farmer's Market Garbatella

Address: Via Francesco Passino, 00154 Roma RM, Italy

Website: Farmer’s Market Garbatella

Opening hours: Saturday 9 am - 6 pm, Sunday 9 am - 2 pm

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4. Campo de’ Fiori Market

This is one of the oldest and most popular markets in Rome. Established as early as the 1800s, this market is set in the shadow of the statue of Giordano Bruno. The market sells a large variety of fruits and vegetables, spices, meats as well as souvenirs for tourists to take back home as a memento of their visit. Besides, it also has shops selling common household ware. The market is open Monday to Saturday from 6 AM to 2 PM.

Campo de’ Fiori Market

Address: Piazza Campo de’ Fiori, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Website: Campo de’ Fiori Market

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 7 am - 2 pm

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Campo de’ Fiori Market is one of the oldest markets in Rome, if not the oldest. I really loved strolling around and buying some fresh fruits and flowers. It's within walking distance to Piazza Navona and the Pantheon too.
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5. Mercato S. Silverio

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This is a medium-sized market that sells fruits, vegetables, meats, fishes and all kinds of cheeses. It is located just off Via Gregorio VII near St. Peter’ s basilica. The fresh produce comes from the hinterlands of Rome and is of the highest quality. The market also has shops selling clothing items. The market is functional from Monday to Saturday in the morning.

Mercato S. Silverio

Address: Via S. Silverio, 00165 Roma RM, Italy

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 7 am - 2 pm

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6. Mercato dell’ Unità

This is a covered market that sells fruits and vegetables and is housed in a Neo-Classical building just halfway along the Via Cola di Rienzo, in Prati District. Since the market is covered, it can afford to remain open late till night unlike the other food markets in Rome. This market also boasts of underground parking. The market is open Mondays to Saturdays from 7 AM to 8 PM.

Mercato dell’ Unità

Address: Via Cola di Rienzo, 245, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 7 am to 8 pm

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7. Nuovo Mercato Trionfale

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This market is the largest in the whole of Rome. It is divided into many sections with each section catering to some particular ingredient and has as many as 270 stalls spread across the sections. This sectioning makes it easier for the shoppers to locate stalls selling their required produce. The market offers a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, jams, cheeses and dried foods like nuts. Apart from these, there are stalls selling household items and children’s toys.

Nuovo Mercato Trionfale

Address: Via la Goletta, 1, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Opening hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 7 am - 2 pm; Tuesdays and Fridays 7 am to 7 pm

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8. Nuovo Mercato Esquilino

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This market is located close to Termini station and specialises in exotic ingredients that are hard to come by. There are exotic spices, herbs, cheeses and olives on offer as well as foreign meats and fishes. The market also sells a huge range of ethnic fruits and vegetables. The best feature about this market is that it sells exotic items at reasonable prices thus making ethnic food affordable to all. The market is easily accessible as it has many entry points in various streets. It is open

Nuovo Mercato Esquilino

Address: Via Filippo Turati, 160, 00118 Roma RM, Italy

Opening hours: Mondays, Wednesday and Thursday 5 am to 3 pm; Tuesday and Saturday 5 am - 5 pm

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9. Testaccio Market

Mercato testaccio. Roma
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This market is located in Testaccio and is a modern one. It is housed in a large and modern property and is covered. The market has many stalls owned by fishmongers, butchers farmers selling quality seafood, meats and an array of fruits and vegetables. Besides these regular items, it also sells unusual ingredients like artisan doughnuts and organic wine.

Testaccio Market

Address: Via Beniamino Franklin, 00118 Roma RM, Italy

Opening hours:Monday to Saturday 7 am - 3.30 pm

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Eat fresh...

Market, Campo de fiori, Rome
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These markets in Rome sells ingredients that are of superior quality and fresh. Locals are regulars in these thoroughfares and tourists that decide to rent homes than lodge in a hotel also shop in these markets as they have to prepare their own food. The prolific characteristics of these markets in Rome allow the locals and visitors to cook their favourite dishes all with fresh and healthy ingredients. You can not only enjoy without compromising your health but also boost the indigenous farmer’s economy in the process.

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