ROME, Feb. 28 -- “Half of
my wardrobe is from the market, and it is FABULOUS!,” says Amanda Bush,
a student from St. John’s University in New York who is studying abroad here
in Rome for a year. Bush is a regular market hopper.
A safe haven from Rome’s sky-high prices, the city's many markets provide a shopper's delight. Between the San Giovanni, Campo de’ Fiori (pictured left), and Porta Portese markets, a bargain-hunter can find just about anything he or she is looking for, where prices are good and variety is better.
Each of these markets offer different items. The Campo de' Fiori market offers many fresh fruits and vegetables. It also has stands for dried fruits and spices (think pasta arrabbiata), as well as stands for wine and other specialties. Dating back 140 years, this is the oldest market in Rome. It goes back even further; the market started in Piazza Navona in 1478 and was moved to Campo de’ Fiori in 1869.