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Visiting Rome’s markets, the guide to discover the traditions and culture of the city from the Relais Pierret

The most characteristic markets of Rome at which to make purchases a few steps from the Spanish Steps

Colorful, lively, with a thousand scents, markets are the soul of cities. Since Trajan’s time, in Ancient Rome, the market has also been the center of social exchanges and a meeting place. Still today visiting a market means coming into contact with the traditions and culture of the city itself, a wealth of sensations that few other places are capable of offering. This is why we want to propose a journey through the markets near our establishment, an original way to discover or rediscover Rome setting out from the Relais Pierret, in order of their closeness to our rooms and suites: :

 

Local market at Via Bocca di Leone
Where: Via Bocca di Leone | Map | 200 meters on foot, 2 minutes without stopping from the Spanish Steps.
When: Daily from 07.00 to 14.00 (closed Sunday)

Local market at Via Bocca di Leone

We find ourselves in the Via Bocca di Leone market in the street of the same name in the middle of Campo Marzio, the fourth district of Rome, the area that in Ancient Rome was consecrated to the God of War Mars. Here echo the sounds of the old workshops and you can smell freshly made bread; strolling through the market is a real triumph of scents with a wonderfully familiar atmosphere. It is reached in a few minutes from the Spanish Steps by taking Via delle Carrozze.

 

Antique market at Piazza Borghese
Where: Piazza Borghese | Map | 600 meters on foot, about 7 minutes without stopping from the Spanish Steps.
When: Daily from 10.00 until 19.00 (closed in August).

Antique market at Piazza Borghese

This is a rare example of a small and permanent antiques market in the capital. Piazza Borghese is brightened up every day by little kiosks offering antiques, modern objects and curiosities: it is also famous for selling old books and rare prints. It is right in the heart of the historic center, very close to the Spanish Steps and is reached with a short walk along Via Condotti and Via della Fontanella Borghese. In the square rises the famous Palazzo Borghese, the old Roman residence of the family of the same, considered one of the four wonders of Rome. Cameras and period photos, old sketches and watercolors, antique postcards and books, sculptures and vintage goods are only a hint of what might be found looking round the stalls of this characteristic market, a good opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts.

 

Local market at Piazza delle Coppelle
Where: Piazza delle Coppelle | Map | 950 meters on foot, about 11 minutes without stopping from the Spanish Steps.
When: Daily 07.00 to 13.00 (closed Sunday)

Local market at Piazza delle Coppelle

Undoubtedly the most picturesque of the city’s food markets, a small splash of color in the heart of Rome where every morning you can buy fruit, vegetables and flowers. A few steps from the Pantheon, this market is to be found in the beautiful little Piazza delle Coppelle, rich in charm and colors thanks to its bright medieval palaces. In the square there still reigns a certain village atmosphere, with the market and people doing their shopping with their baskets: a very different atmosphere from those of the nearby streets full of shops and tourists.

 

Garage Sale - Second-hand market at Borghetto Flaminio
Where: Piazza della Marina, 32 | Map | 1,5 km on foot, about 15 minutes without stopping from the Spanish Steps.
When: Every Sunday from 10.00 to 19.00 (Dates and times subject to change: tel. +39 06 5817308)

Garage Sale - Second-hand market at Borghetto Flaminio

For a number of years, on Sunday, lots of non-professional sellers have filled the Borghetto Flaminio market to exchange goods, in a sort of garage sale. These go from Hermès scarves to signed photos of Gabriele d'Annunzio, from the drawings of Toulouse-Lautrec and Renoir to signed vases by Giò Ponti, in a surprising mix of clothes, furniture, objects, knick-knacks and small works of art. The Garage Sale is reached with a short walk along Via del Babuino, crossing Piazza del Popolo and Piazzale Flaminio and continuing straight along Via Flaminia as far as Piazza della Marina, number 32.

 

Monti Market at Via Leonina
Where: Via Leonina, 46 | Map | 1.6 km on foot, about 18 minutes without stopping from the Spanish Steps.
When: Different Sundays from 10.00 to 18.00 (Dates and times subject to change: www.mercatomonti.com)

Monti Market at Via Leonina

In the charming atmosphere of the Monti neighborhood near the Coliseum, only at certain times of the year, the "MercatoMonti" comes to life, a haven for alternative shopping. This market offers a selection of clothing by young designers, independent and vintage products, accessories, crafts, modern antiques, collector’s items, books, illustrations and curiosities of every type. A mix of old and new, antique and modern, tradition and experimentation.

 

Campo de' Fiori market
Where: Piazza Campo de’ Fiori | Map | 1.8 km on foot, about 22 minutes without stopping from the Spanish Steps.
When: Daily from 06.00 to 14.00 (closed Sunday)

Campo de' Fiori market

Piazza Campo de’ Fiori, for centuries now, has been the setting for the most famous and characteristic market of Rome, whose name might make you think it is a flower market. In fact, its name very probably derives from the Latin Campus Florae, this is, Flora’s Field, Flora being a woman loved by the Roman general Pompey. Campo de’ Fiori, which until the 15th century had grass and daisies instead of cobblestones, is one of the most famous squares in Rome, especially for its night life. The market is not very big, but it is one of the oldest in the capital. On its stalls you can find fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat and flowers. It looks like a normal market but the statue of Giordano Bruno that looms over the crowds, the numerous bars where you can read the paper while having breakfast and watching the bustle of the market and the tourists who wander around enchanted amidst the cries of the grocers from their stalls, all give this place a timeless charm.