Porta Portese Market – the Overrated One.
One of our favourite things to do when visiting a new country as family travellers is to find the best flea markets in town. It’s THE quickest way to meet the locals, see where the locals hang out, and get off the tourist track. But finding Rome markets was not easy… we searched and searched to find information on the best flea market Rome had to offer and finally came up with this one to try – the Porta Portese market in the upmarket suburb of Trastevere.
We caught a cab from our AirBnB near the Trevi Fountain and arrived around 9am with much excitement. BUT that soon wore off.
What’s for Sale at the Porta Portese Market
I was hoping to find beautiful leather handbags for gifts but the only thing we saw in this grotty place filled with hundreds and hundreds of stalls was lots of imported Chinese junk – cheap plastic toys and dolls, discounted DVDs and CDs, fake designer purses and jewellery, imported clothing, trashy shoes, dodgy electronics, kitschy handbags and jackets (and hundreds of those jacket-length puffer jackets) household goods like cutlery sets and magnifying glasses, and tablecloths. Basically lots of flea market junk! You’d have to search hard to find any kind of treasure at Porta Portese market.
We couldn’t even find any decent souvenirs, not even for the kids. It was a complete waste of our time.
Pizza at the Porta Portese Market saved the day.
The saving grace was pizza. Slabs and slabs of the best pizza we’ve ever eaten.
Wandering in Trastevere
Upon leaving the Porta Portese market though, we spent the rest of the day wandering through the cobblestone streets of Trastevere, and then meandered along the riverside all the way up to the Castel Sant Angelo, and over to Piazza Navona and the Pantheon.
We love nothing better than a good walk to really get to know the city. But the best thing in Rome is stopping by all those little cafés that entice with Italian hot chocolates for three!
The Inside Scoop
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Opening Hours for Porta Portese Market:
- Every Sunday from 7am to 1-pm
- Note: Pickpocket Alert. Keep your bags, phones, and cameras in front of your body. Cross your shoulder strap over your body where possible, and zip up your bags always.
Entry Fees at Porta Portese Market
- Free entry.
- Phone: 0623143456
Location and Map of Porta Portese Market:
Via Portuense & Ippolito Nievo, 00153 Rome, Italy (Trastevere)
- Off Viale di Trastevere (take tram 8 into Trastevere about five stops). Covers streets of Via Ippolito Nievo, Via Ettore Rolli, and Via Portuense
- Piramide (B) or Circo Massimo (B)
- 3B, 44, 44F, 75, 125, N19
By Hop On Hop Off Bus
- Stop: Vaticano
Travel with kids to the Porta Portese markets? Nope. We wouldn’t bother.
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