Let’s say the truth: ordinary shopping is never enough. Even when there are sales on you may want to find something different from the typical shops: buying something unique, something that isn’t bought by hundreds of people in low cost shops. From this point of view Rome doesn’t disappoint at all: there is a market practically for every taste, and not only for the clothing : you can find original and unusual pieces to decorate your house, and so much more. Not to talk about the pleasure of walking around the stands to look for a deal.
Here the best markets address to write down (and to visit as soon as possible).
Porta Portese is the most famous flea market in the capital, and according to me it doesn’t have any reason to envy Paris, or other European cities. Bikes, accessories, antiques, second hand clothes, flowers and plants. If you are looking for something you will probably find it here.
Monti Market is the place where it’s great to go not only to buy things. I like it also to look for the inspiration about new style and trends, something that goes beyond Zara and that kind of fashion. At least for a couple weekends every month, the closed space of Leonina street gets crowded with handcraft creations, new and rising designers, vintage glasses, particular bags and hats. The stands change often, that according to me it’s an advantage because you won’t risk to find always the same stuff.
Vintage Market is absolutely my favorite.Vintage lovers should take note of this address: here is where you can probably do the best deals. Once I bought here a Moschino jacket and I payed it 30 euro, another time a sixty year old style purple telephone.
Every month for one Sunday the Circolo degli Artisti (via Casilina) host sixty exhibitors of modern art, books, all different kinds of stuff, and of course vintage (in winter it’s really cold in the garden so cover yourself). Everything is accompanied by aperitifs, cupcakes and sandwiches, and that’s a great idea because the shopping makes me hungry.
Also Happy Sunday Market it’s amazing. I come very often here with my friends to enjoy a different Sunday: the Lanificio offers Sunday brunch accompanied by a rich and varied market (attention, not every Sunday but you can look for info on internet ): once you are fully it’s easy to find rare objects, old phones and sixties style clothes, together with original creation of young designers. A nice way to enjoy your day: you can eat, chat, share the company and at the end you can always find something new to buy.
From clothes to fashion jewelleries, furnitures and typical products, the third Sunday of the month in Villa Glori, in the Parioli neighborhood, you can buy more or less everything. There are a lot of odds and ends but people go there to buy the Forte dei Marmi cashmere. Sure, it’s not really that cheap, but it’s still more convenient than usual shops, also because even in the stands there sales.
There are people who swear that they saw politicians and famous people walking around the stands of the market of Borghetto Flaminio in Piazzale Della Marina, it never happened to me but once I found a Chanel party dress ( I couldn’t afford it even here). The market is really big, so be patient ! The strange thing is that you have to pay an entrance ticket of 1,60 euro, it’s not so expensive but still.
If you want to get crazy this is the right place to find the best fashion vintage pieces, they are not very cheap but they have a great charm.
Last but not least on the right side of the Tevere River, every first and second Sunday of the month, the market of Ponte Milvio is the right place to find furniture and antiques. I like it because you can always find collecting century-old objects such as old phones and photography machines that are perfect to give that particular touch to your house design.
Happy Shopping to You!