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If you've been in Rome for a while, you may have become accustomed to the Sunday routine of flea market shopping and lunch. It's an alternative to a weekend away, and it's practiced from October to June, when it gets too hot to stay in town. The markets are staggered so that most Sundays, one or the other is in full swing, even through the winter rains.




Mercato Monti

In one of the trendiest areas in Rome, you'll find some 30 stands selling fashions by young designers, artisanal jewelry and accessories, vintage kimonos, vinyl recordings, and more.
Palatino Hotel, via Leonina 46
First three Sundays of the month, and the last Saturday, 8 am - 8 pm

 

Borghetto Flaminio
Just outside the gates of Piazza del Popolo, the coming and goings of pedestrian traffic, couples out for a Sunday morning stroll and double parked cars give clue that something is going on behind two low-slung buildings with warehouse facades: great antique and modern finds of vintage clothing, handbags, sunglasses, crystal and silver objects, fab bijoux (some pieces are signed) and finely crafted semi-precious jewelry; rings, brooches, necklaces, earrings, bracelets. The entrance fee cost just a little more than your morning cappuccino: €1,60.
Via Flaminia - Piazzale della Marina, 32 tel 06 588 0517
Sundays 10 am – 7pm

Villa Gloria
One hundred vendors set up their tables in front of the park that fronts Rome's Villa Gloria, selling everything from light bulb changers to caviar dishes. Friends swear they’ve found the best antique silverware here, and we know for a fact that Parioli teenagers come here to sell their outgrown sportswear with status labels like Woolrich or Melville. Shop for old and new, collectibles, antiques, handi-crafts, clothes.
Villa Glori along Viale Maresciallo Pilsudski Tel. 06. 854 1461
Second Sunday of the month. (Parioli)

Porto Portese
This is the biggest flea market in Rome, and one of the biggest in Europe, where you can find a staggering assortment of goods, from Murano lamps to cheap underwear to auto parts. Go early and watch your purse. It gets absolutely mobbed. Enter at Piazza Ippolito Nievo if you are shopping for antique furniture, lamps, curiosities, rugs, furniture old lace and embroideries. Enter from Piazza Porto Portese if you're in the market for pots and pans, clothing, shoes, housewares. It’s a bit overwhelming but it’s fun because you never know what you might find, so long as you’re willing to press on through the crowd to find it. The earlier you can manage to get there, the better.
Via Portuense from Piazza Porto Portese to Piazza Ippolito Nievo. Tel. 06.582 33114 Every Sunday, dawn to 2 pm (Trastevere)

 

Piazza Mazzini
In the gardens surrounding a little lake, about 80 or so vendors sell antiques, handicrafts, paintings, collectibles.
Piazza Mazzini tel. 06. 904 426 23
Second weekend of the month, Friday–Sunday (Prati)

 

 

Via Sannio
The tents and sidewalks along Via Sannio are alive with merchants selling clothes, shoes and accessories at prices well below retail. You’ll find everything from a designer fur coat or a cashmere sweater to a second hand nightgown or a vintage dress, as well as socks, wallets, bedspreads and curtains.
Just behind the Church of San Giovanni in Laterano
Monday-Friday, 8 am –2 pm; Saturday 8 am –5 pm

Soffitto Sotto i Portici
The name means "attic under the colonade", and a lot of what you find here could really have come from somebody’s attic. No large pieces or furniture, but small collectibles. Some of the things we’ve found: antique binoculars, cameras from the early 19th century, brooches from the 18th, a superbly maintained collection of sunglasses from the early 20th, the antique tools of an artisan cabinetmaker, and picture frames from the 17th century (mostly French) sold by a friend who finds and restores them.
Piazza Augusto Imperatore tel. 06 360 05345
First and third Sunday of the month. (Spanish Steps)

Piazza Verdi
Held in an enormous square in upscale Parioli, this market is known for its eyeball-numbing selection of small antiques: dishes, candlesticks, jewelry. Some of it is kitsch, but some of it is beautiful and well-priced. A handful of intruders sell new hats, clothing, kilims, handicrafts, regional foods, but it’s mostly vintage merchandise.
Piazza Verdi tel 06 855 2773
Fourth Sunday of the month.

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