One of the main features of Italians is that they love only fresh and natural food. Then, it is not a surprise that Rome is full of different farmers’ markets with various kinds of vegetables, fruit, cold cuts, cheeses, honey, home wines, and other tasty products. In this article we will discover best markets to visit for unforgettable food experience!
In my opinion, Campagna Amica del Circo Massimo is the best farmers’ market in Rome. This is the place right near Circus Maximus, where food producers and farmers from the Lazio region come on Saturdays and Sundays to sell their locally-produced fresh foods. You can easily spend there several hours while trying and bying best cheeses, cured meats, olive oil, wine, honey, truffles, sausages, fish. Moreover, there is a courtyard where you can order food in one of small food trucks and make a short break during your grocery shopping.
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Campo de’ Fiori is the most famous and easily reachable market of Rome. At the same time, this is the place where you will meet more tourists rather than locals. On average prices are lower than in other shops, especially if to compare prices on liquers, spices, pastas and other delicacies in souvenir shops. Also, if you have time to visit other local famers’ markets, most probably you will find foods for even lower cost. Campo de’ Fiori market is amazing for its diversity of Italian food souvenirs, where you can try anything you want before purchase it. Moreover, there are many fresh fruit and vegetables on any choice. I recommend you to try Macedonia or spremuta (fresh juice).
Recently, I’ve noticed that there are more and more tourists who decide to stay in Garbatella district during their Roman holiday. This option is good only in case if you travel by car (travelling by car is not the best idea in the Eternal City). However, if you decide to visit the area of Garbatella, you will see lots of beautiful buildings and graffiti, but also can visit its local farmers’ market. The market is full of fruit and vegetables, tasty pastries, sauces, fruit juices, cakes, jams, where all foods are produced in Lazio region. Moreover, the market is known for its fresh fish and seafood from Terracina south of Rome.
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Testaccio Market is one of the most famous and successful markets of Rome. This place offers unique shopping and eating experience since the area is huge and there are foods on any choice. The market consists of more than 40 stalls with different sorts of foods as well as little bars and cafes.
San Cosimato market is one of the most charming in Rome and offers lots of fresh vegetables, fruit, meat and fish. This is an amazing option if you want to buy high quality foods for best prices. The market is small, but there is everything that one can need for tasty lunch or dinner. Moreover, the area is surrounded by cozy bars and tasty cafes such as Food Factory (best for lunch time) and other places where to eat in Trastevere.
Piazza Vittorio (Mercato Esquilino) market located close to Termini station and is one of the best places where to buy hard-to-find ingredients to use in international cooking. Moreover, this is one of the largest markets of Rome. There you will find lots of spices, seeds, rice, grains, uncommon vegetables and other interesting and tasty foods. In addition, this district is multinational, so the atmosphere of the market is truly unique and international.
If you are staying in the historical center of Rome, Storico Mercato delle Coppelle is an amazing place to visit to make your Roman holiday more colorful. The market is located near the Pantheon. There are many fruit, vegetables, and flowers. If you want to try local Italian production, better try it on local markets!
Citta dell’Altra Economia Organic Market located nearby the Testaccio Market. Moreover, this place was the old Testaccio slaughterhouse, originally one of the largest in Europe. Nowadays this industrial space houses a branch of the MACRO contemporary art museum, organized different concerts and installations, and hosts an organic market on Sundays. All products on the market are fairtrade and the idea of the market is to promote sustainable consumerism and agriculture.
Mercato Trionfale is a huge food market, located in Rome’s rione Prati. It is one of the historical food markets in the Eternal City, created in 19th century. You can come there to enjoy fresh cheeses as amazing buffalo mozzarella from Naples, tastiest avocados, freshly baked bread, pizza, foccacia, fish, meat and many other local Italian delicacies. Moreover, there are stalls dedicated to vegans and vegetarians.
Mercato Trieste is an old food market which takes its name from the Trieste Quarter. The market is full of fresh local delicacies such as cheese and cold cuts. Moreover, there you can purchase fish, meat, coffee, fruit and vegetables. For wine and artisan beer lovers, there are many interesting options to try and buy.
Mercato Savoia is in the African Quarter and was originally laid out in two floors. This is one of the oldest markets of Rome, where market stands look more like little shops. However, the place contains a really rich variety of foods from fresh vegetables to vegan cakes. Moreover, one can find tastiest cold cuts and cheese there. This area is lesser-known by tourists, but you can find many interesting souvenir options on Mercato Savoia or just do daily grocery shopping there.
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Author: Kate Zusmann
For the last 6 years I live in the Eternal City. Traveling, exploring new things, writing blogs, shooting vlogs are my main hobbies, but the thing that I like even more is to share my experience and thoughts with you! Explore Rome with Us :)
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