Full of colour and variety, Rome’s food markets are a great place to find seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs, as well as to get a fantastic glimpse of everyday Roman life.
Although Rome has lots of lovely restaurants where to get a great Italian meal, some days you may just feel on the mood and decide you want to cook your own meal with some local fresh food.
If that’s the case let me tell you that Rome has some of the best food markets you could possibly imagine, some of them known all over the world for their character and life.
Ranging from the very large ones to the smallest ones, just known by the locals, no doubt they will provide you with the best local products of the Italian cuisine.
Food Markets in Rome
Campo dei Fiori
Campo dei Fiori is the oldest and most famous outdoor market in Rome.
Located in a stunning setting, surrounded by medieval buildings and outdoor cafés, this popular market has the best produce from around Italy. Here you’ll find a particularly wide range of goods, including fruits, vegetables, fish, pork and even flowers. The prices are not cheap but the quality is superb.
Especially interesting are: the famous bakeri Il Forno di Campo dei Fiori, where you’ll find what they say is the best bread in the whole city; the fish-shop Attanasio and the historic butcher shop, Anticca Norcineria Viola.
The market is held in the morning, from 7am to 1pm, except on Sundays, when it’s closed.
Piazza Vittorio Market
Located near the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, the Piazza Vittorio Market sells some of the most exotic foods, including foreign fruits and vegetables, fragrant spices and international packaged goods along with plenty of locally grown fruits and vegetables.
This exciting market opens Mondays through Saturdays from 7am to 2pm. Sunday is closed.
Located at the Prati neighbourhood, near the Vatican City, the Trionfale Market is one of the largest food markets in Italy. With more than 270 stalls it offers and impressive selection of meats, cheeses, breads, dry goods, kitchenware and even clothing and perfume.
It is open Mondays through Saturdays from 7am to 2.30pm. Sunday is closed.
Piazza San Cosimato
This traditional open-air market is located in bustling Trastevere and it has many stalls selling a variety of food, as meats, salamis, cheeses, vegetables, flowers and even household items.
It opens Mondays through Saturdays from 6am to 1.30pm.
Mercato di Campagna Amica del Circo Massimo
Upriver and a short distance from the Circus Maximus, this old fish market was turned into a successful weekend farmer’s market in September 2009.
Producers coming from all over the Lazio region sell here their own products: meat, cheese, honey, bread, etc. Many of them they even organise visits to their farms back home.
Here you will be able to do your shopping in a sustainable and responsible way, buying the freshest seasonal products directly from the producers.
They change their schedule depending on the time of the year, so if you are planning to visit it check their website before: mercatocircomassimo.it
If you are planning to do your own meals while in Rome you know exactly where to get the freshest products. Now you just have to decide where to stay in Rome.
But there are so many nice options that I’m sure that this won’t be a problem.