GREAT MARKETS IN TRASTEVERE
One of the best ways to get the feel of a neighbourhood is to visit the local markets and Trastevere has some wonderful and fun markets that you should definitely check out!
Porta Portese Market
This is the most famous and largest flea market in Rome. In fact it is one of the largest markets in Rome in general, beginning at Via Portuense and continuing all down Via IppolitoNievoat the back of Trastevere quarter. The renown of Porta Portese has won it a cameo role inmovies, such as “Bicycle Thieves” and “Scuiscia”, as well as a couple of mentions is popular songs and poetry. While today it is a very professional set-up, run by the City Council and operating with over one thousand licensed traders, the market had a murky past. It began life as a black market in Campo de’ Fiori and Trastevereafter World War II, when Italy along with much of Europe was in crisis, and today you may still come across the odd item which has fallen off the back of the proverbial truck. However, today Porta Portese is a great and lively place to spend a Sunday afternoon browsing the funky little stands and is a favourite of many locals and tourists – Mila Kunis even shopped there!
Every Sunday at 6.30 am vendors at Porta Portese begin setting up their stalls and displaying their wares in anticipation of the hundreds of tourists and locals which will soon be swarming the market looking for anything from an old record toa souvenir for home, or simply looking to find a cool trinket among the huge amount of stuff on offer. It is possible to find anything and everything at this unique market, like furniture, linen, clothes, books, CDs, records, old newspapers,jewellery and toys to name just some of the different kinds of stalls at Porta Portese.
The more nostalgic shopper will also be able to get some pretty good terracotta copies of antiques as well as charming old-fashioned oil lamps. Perhaps the only thing you won’t be able to get is food. (See San Cosimato Food Market below.) There will often be one or two snack food stalls with a very limited range of things on offer, so if you are hungry make sure to eat before you head down. Otherwise, there are plenty of great eateries on any of the streets surrounding the market place for you to grab a late lunch after the market closes at 2 pm.
Getting there should be simple as any of the trams going to Trastevere should run right by it, particularly Trams 8 and 3. Check your local bus schedule as well for routes which go to Trastevere. Once there enjoy the hustle and bustle and don’t be afraid to haggle – this is expected and all part of the fun. Just watch out for pick-pockets!
At Porta PorteseMarket you will get a buzzing atmosphere and, hopefully, a great bargain!
San Cosimato Food Market
In Piazza San Cosimato, directly behind Piazza Santa Maria and the more touristy streets of Trastevere, is one of the most charming food markets in all of Rome. The market is open daily from 8 am to 1 pm and sells deliciously fresh fruit and vegetables from the local farms and vines around Rome. While you won’t find any meat or fish here, a lovely little cheese shop right beside the market opens up at the same time with all kinds of cheeses on offer. There is a playground right beside the market in the piazza, so Mom and Dad can let the kids off to play while they shop for lunch and also be able to keep a close eye on them. Unlike some of the bigger and more tourist-filled food markets in Rome, the sounds and activity of normal daily life at San Cosimato really make you feel like you are at an authentic Italian market. Chat with the friendly vendors and maybe get a recipe idea or two! San Cosimato Food Market is definitely worth a visit.