Roma has dozens of markets: from the famous Porta Portese to many small corner markets. We try visit as many as we can, starting from the closest ones, the historical ones, the most important ones… until we’ll visit them all!
In addition to each market’s review you will find two sections: Alice’s wonderland, describing the market through the eyes of a child and Just around the corner, a few tips or places to visit in the neighborhood. Last but not least, a rich photo gallery including some videos of our favorite markets.
Built on the commercial side of Cola di Rienzo road, the covered market of Unità square in Prati neighborhood was built in 1928 in neo-classical style with a monumental portal opening on Via Cola di Rienzo and turrets at the corners of the building. Until the Second World War, the market was on two floors: in the basement (where now is the parking) used to be the fish stalls and delicatessens, while on the ground floor there were fruits and vegetables vendors.
The old covered market of Piazza Testaccio had been waiting for years to be moved to a location assigned by the municipality to a private real estate manager. A move announced for years and postponed several times, including a delay due to the discovery of archeological findings (that by the way could be an antique market). We have visited it before – between a glorious past and an uncertain future – and after.
It was one of the most beautiful markets in the city, with stalls organised by type around the outdoor plaza, well known for its focus on good value and guaranteed enthusiastic market banter!
For more than 100 years, it has provided cheese, meat, fruit, vegetables and flowers to the whole Esquilino borough. Built at the end of ‘800 not far from Termini station, it used to be a very busy place and later, following a first renovation in 1913, the market continued to flourish throughout the Fascist time, surviving the war and the black market that was taking place under the arcades of the square.