ROME GROCERY STORES, MARKETS
Although in Rome there are thousands of supermarkets and malls, they are not in central areas. Here you find at the best some little supermarkets/large grocery stores. Sometimes not even that, and you have to look for the very few grocery stores. Pay attention though, they are in general more expensive than the ones you can find in semi-central areas. Grocery stores ("Alimentari") are also in general more expensive than supermarkets in Italy. They are generally open between 8.30 - 1.00 PM / and 4 PM - 7.30 PM everyday except Thursday afternoon and Sunday.
A good one in a highly central area is "FORNO", in Via delle Muratte just at its beginning near the Trevi Fountain. If you are in the Monti quarter, then you will find a little supermarket and a fruit and vegetable shop in Via del Boschetto, while old-fashioned grocery stores are in Via dei Serpenti.
If you are near Campo dei Fiori or in the Piazza Navona area, you can buy at the market below described, and also go to the grocery store of the Jewish Quarter, in Via Portico d'Ottavia.
Fruit and vegetable markets
They are lively and convenient. They are open during morning
hours from Monday to Saturday
Campo de' Fiori
It is the most famous and picturesque flower and vegetable
market surrounded by the scenario of the characteristic
square. It is also a bit expensive, like most things
in the historical centre. Some stands are not expensive
though, like the one of Annunziata. She is also a very
friendly woman, and we have become friends with her.
If you will go to the market, it is worth visiting her
stand. Tell her that you knew of her through the internet,
and that you saw her photo. She will be pleased and
will treat you. Her stand is at the end of the square
near the Farnese Cinema.
If you want to get there you can take: buses 64 (from Termini
Station), or 492 from the Termini or Via del Tritone (between
the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain), get off at Largo
Argentina, then walk.
Near the Vatican Museums, this market in Via Andrea Doria
is inexpensive. Metro A: Ottaviano.
Quite near to it is the market in Via
delle Milizie, past
the intersection with Viale Angelico (bus 490,
stop after the intersection with Viale Angelico). You can
also walk from the Vatican to both markets.
It used to be the most popular market among the Romans. Lively (hectic...), crowded,
yet with many stalls offering a large variety of inexpensive food, and not only fruit
and vegetables. Here you will find foodstuff and groceries from all over the world,
as there are stands that are run by immigrants or selling food for immigrants.
Be careful though, there can be pickpockets and petty thieves. The market is 5 min.
walk South of Termini. It is near the metro stop "Vittorio" of line A. The
market used to be located in the little park of the Piazza Vittorio, yet now it moved
in the premises of the former "Centrale del Latte" (Milk Plant), in the
nearby Via Principe Amedeo.
The market is thus near the park of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, including an interesting
Roman monument (Mario's Trophy, the castle of distribution to the town districts and
homes of the water conveyed by the Roman aqueducts).
In the streets near the market you will find many cosy shops, particularly those
selling international foodstuff. So if you are looking for peanut butter, pancakes,
Maxwell coffee as well as "tahini", oriental or Mexican food etc. you will
find them at "International Food" (Via Napoleone III to the left, when taking
it from Piazza Vittorio), and "International Food Shop" (in Via Magazzini
allo Statuto, 20 meters to the left beginning from Piazza Vittorio - a little family-run
shop, yet with a very complete stock).
To get to the market you can take the metro line A (Vittorio stop, the first after
Termini), or bus 71 from Piazza San Silvestro near the Spanish Steps (when the bus
goes around the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore get off and then walk a bit).
Other Fruit and Vegetable
You will find them nearly everywhere
in Rome. The most known are:
- Near the Pantheon: it is in Via degli Spagnoli.
- Near the Spanish Steps: there is a rather classy one in Via Bocca Leone.
- Near Piazza Navona you will find one in Via della Pace, between Via Santa
Maria dell'Anima and Piazza del Fico.
- in Trastevere the most renowned is in Piazza San Cosimato
Piazza San Cosimato
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