Top 10 food markets

Top 10 food markets, Rome, Italy (D)

Italy is home to some of the best food in the world and where better to taste its produce than its capital, Rome. From sprawling markets with fruit, vegetables, spices, cheeses and olive oils, to more intimate and local suggestions, this is the definitive guide to the best fresh food that Rome has to offer.
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Guide Name: Top 10 food markets
Guide Location: Italy » Rome
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (D))
# of Attractions: 10
Author: Emily Knight
Author Bio: Since moving to Rome earlier this year, I have obsessively explored all corners of the city. With an art history background I have been making the most of the endless churches and museums and as a big foodie I have gorged myself at restaurants and markets alike.
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Campagna Amica Market at Circo Massimo
  • Campo de' Fiori Market
  • New Esquilino Market
  • Piazza San Cosimato Market
  • Piazza dell'Unita Market
  • Testaccio Market
  • Savoia Market
  • Nomentano Market
  • Ex-Mattatoio Market
  • Gianicolense Market
Campagna Amica Market at Circo Massimo

1) Campagna Amica Market at Circo Massimo

The friendly farmers' market is a treasure trove of local delicacies. Every vendor subscribes to the "0km" rule which means that all of the produce comes from Lazio. There is a huge variety of cheeses, cured meats, vegetables, pots of honey, mushrooms and other delicacies and what's great is that you don't have to go home to eat it! At the back of the market there is an outdoor seating area where you can feast on your fresh bread and cheese, washed down with a regional wine served in cups by the door.
Campo de' Fiori Market

2) Campo de' Fiori Market

In the heart of Rome's historic center, the open-air market in Piazza Campo de' Fiori is an eclectic mix of fruit, vegetables, spices, nuts, oils and cooking utensils. Though it is certainly one of Rome's more touristic offerings, the atmosphere is fun and friendly. Most markets these days in Rome are covered, so make the most of a sunny morning and see what this historic market has to offer.
New Esquilino Market

3) New Esquilino Market

For hundreds of years, the people of Rome flocked to the market in Piazza Vittorio. In 2001, the market moved indoors to a nearby barracks which can be entered from each side. The market's produce has changed significantly over the years and it is now home to a truly international range of food stuffs. From China to Bengal and back to Italy, the market is a profusion of colors and smells. Not only are there spices, noodles and strangely shaped vegetables from the other side of the world, but there are a number of fishmongers selling a variety a freshwater and shellfish.
Piazza San Cosimato Market

4) Piazza San Cosimato Market

Not far from the main square in Trastevere (Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere), the market in Piazza San Cosimato has a relaxed feel and lacks the hustle and bustle often found at some of the larger markets in town. This makes for a pleasurable shopping experience where the usual, if somewhat limited range of produce can be found. An added bonus to this open-air market is the book stall found on the north east corner.
Piazza dell'Unita Market

5) Piazza dell'Unita Market

Held in an attractive white building from the late 1920s, this medium sized market in the up-market neighborhood of Prati is a relaxed and enjoyable place to buy your groceries. Along with the usual fruit, vegetables, cheeses, meats and pastas, there are also several flower stalls. Conveniently, there is a car park beneath the market, which make it popular with commuters and families alike.
Testaccio Market

6) Testaccio Market

Bright, lively and clean with a variety of items for sale, not just of the culinary kind. Having moved to its new a newly built covered market in the summer of 2012, Testaccio market is unlike many of the others on this list. In the center of the striking building is a cafe where on a Saturday you find families, couples young and old, and maybe even a live band. Meats, cheeses, pastas and vegetables are sold at a number of stalls, as well as book, clothes, shoes, comics and pottery. There is also an underground car park which is handy for those coming from afar. A great place to wile away the hours.
Savoia Market

7) Savoia Market

Though not much to look at from the outside, this market is definitely one of the more local places to buy your groceries. Not a tourist in sight, this market has a range of produce to suit the demands of a Roman. The market is particularly well-stocked in fruit and vegetables but there are also butchers, bakers and plant sellers. If you find yourself staying in or visiting this neighborhood, forget the multitude of supermarkets nearby and pay Savoia Market a visit.
Nomentano Market

8) Nomentano Market

Held in a 1920s brick building with huge wrought iron gates, Nomentano Market is a light and spacious place to do your shopping. In the center of the market there are a number of greengrocers as well as a fantastic butcher who sells, along with fresh meat, ready-made meatballs and skewers. There is also a cafe serving delicious and cheap coffee.
Ex-Mattatoio Market

9) Ex-Mattatoio Market

All of the produce in this market are local to the Lazio region. There are delicious cured meats, cheeses and pots of preserved vegetables and sauces. The market only recently moved to its new and large premises and is still a bit empty, but you are sure to find some wonderful locally produced treats and farmers that will love to tell you the best way to prepare and cook your buys.
Gianicolense Market

10) Gianicolense Market

Catering for locals, Gianicolense is one of the larger markets in Rome. It is certainly in need of modernization but don't let the scruffy exterior put you off. Inside the market there is a large range of food, some produced locally others from further afield. The market has been there in various forms since the 40s and the sense of history and family tradition remains alive till the present day.

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