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When one thinks of Italy, the idea of food immediately comes into mind; fresh, sun ripened tomatoes, juicy slices of mozzarella di buffalo, crunchy, warm loaves of bread, sweet figs picked just off the tree etc. Italy is a country where you eat well. Walking through any town or city there are supermarkets and alimentaris on almost every street corner and in many places there is an outdoor market which takes place daily. At these markets they sell  everything from food to household goods. 

Living in Rome, I have the pleasure of getting to go to farmer’s market that’s a 5 min walk from my apartment to buy my fruits, vegetables, bread, etc.

The first view of the market is row after row of stalls colorfully filled with everything you could imagine; fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, cheeses, baked goods, etc. I could do my whole food shopping here. The food is so fresh and I know where it comes from too. I’ve also become friends with certain vendors, going to see them 2 or 3 times a week early in the morning when they are still unpacking the goods from their trucks. 

When you visit Italy, going to an outdoor market is a definite must!


Here is a list of some open air markets in Rome:

 San Teodoro – Circo Massimo

Via San Teodoro 74

Saturday and Sunday, 9 am – 6 pm.

Campo de’ Fiori

Piazza Campo de’ Fiori, 43

7.00 AM- 1.30 PM

Mercato di Piazza Vittorio – Esquilino

Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II.

7.00 AM- 2.00 PM

Mercato di Testaccio

Piazza Testaccio

6.00 AM- 1.30 PM

Piazza San Cosimato


6.00 AM- 1.30 PM