Porta Portese
Porta Portese
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7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Explore Rome's largest open-air flea market, Porta Portese, in the beautiful Trastevere neighborhood. This weekly morning market stretches over a mile and offers a wide range of antique items, vintage clothes, and second-hand books. You can also try delicious Italian street food from one of the market's many food vendors. It gets busy so get there when it opens for fewer crowds. Take a walking tour of the area to explore the market and the ancient Porta Portese gate, from which the market takes its name.
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D. Mitchell
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo
There were only two booths with any vintage or even remotely antique goods. Unless your looking for discounted cheap clothing or thrift goods avoid this market. It wasn’t worth the cab fare over there. I was looking for antiques and found nothing in that category. I did find a fabric vendor who had wonderful fabric that had Monet and Van Gogh paintings printed on them. So it wasn’t a total loss but avoid it if your looking for real antiques
Written April 27, 2022
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spgk
Espoo, Finland128 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Perhaps I should have read more reviews before going to what turned out to be one of the longest queues with nothing to see.

It's an endless amount of stalls with 95% selling the same poor quality cheap clothing and accessories over and over. I wouldn't describe it as a flea market but just clothes market.

There were just two refreshment stalls. We had a cheap coffee which was nearly all frothy milk and virtually no coffee.

It was absolutely heaving with people which meant you couldn't even walk through it quickly.

Certainly the most disappointing thing of our whole trip to Rome. I strongly recommend you find another market experience elsewhere.
Written April 28, 2024
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robotron
24 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
A mile long dump, chock full of stalls selling absolute tat.
If you’re in the market for a pair of cheap shoes made in a Chinese factory, or a cardigan in the middle of summer then this might be for you but if you expected to see an authentic Italian market bustling with interesting finds then you’ll be sorely disappointed.

It’s one big straight line with no exits so once you’re half way in you’ve got to go the whole distance to get out. Why it’s so crowded makes no sense as it’s rubbish.

There was one food stall, a hot dog van like you’d find at a terrible fun fair.

If I could give it zero stars I would. An absolute waste of an hour of my life.
Written September 24, 2023
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Krithika
Singapore, Singapore5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
For a taste of the local culture, this was one of the best places I had visited during my stay in Rome. If you intend to go, you should try to visit on a Sunday morning.

You need to bear in mind that this is not a pristine shopping mall where you can walk in and do your thing. :) This is a market with many small-time vendors, selling their food, used books, household amenities, clothes / shoes (some of which are used), etc. And at times, you need to haggle (better if you speak the language I guess, which I did a little). If you have the right expectations, this place can be super fun to walk around, if not buy something.

I arrived in Rome on a Saturday, to my AirBnb and discovered late at night that my travel adapter wasn't working. I found new ones at Porta Portese the next morning. I also bought some pasta making tools, handbags, etc.
Written November 13, 2022
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Peter P
Sudbury, Canada113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
I decided to go for a pleasant walk and visit the flea market once again after many years and perhaps find a bargain. As it started raining, my need for a bargain became a neccesity as my shoes were soaked and nothing back at the hotel. The shoe selection was excellent and I found a decent pair of runners for 12€. It was fun exploring the flea market even in the steady rainfall.
Written June 7, 2024
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mep23
Ottawa, Canada40 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
I always seek out markets when I travel. This one was a disappointment. There is nothing local or authentic about it. There are piles of used clothes and purses and bunch of trinkets and shoes made in China. In this vast market, I saw two stalls selling “nicer” vintage clothing and a few stalls with vintage leather coats. I would never go back there.
Written July 9, 2023
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Allyn S
Oak Brook, IL4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Amazing Gluten free pasta, focaccia. clams and pasta for my kids. Home made burrata. Amatriciana, dessert, wine. And the staff is so welcoming. outdoorseating is cozy and fun. Highly recommend for a great meal.
Written November 12, 2023
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Maura C
Avellino12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011 • Solo
This is a market in Trastevere, Roma that has been in business for hundreds of years. It was a superb place to find the unique, and if 'market chic' clothing was your thing or for those who couldn't afford haute couture, then this was the place for you. Alas, it has lost so much of its originality through the years as greed took root after the older Roman dealers sold up and retired. There is little haggling, few personalities and street after street sell the same made in China junk. The few stalls still selling treasures and gems have priced their goods in a stratosphere that many customers find out of sight. A few pieces I was interested in turned out to be fakes,although the dealer priced them as originals. Then there is the bag snatching merchants to contend with so as always, be aware of your surrounding. I wish I could write a better review, but better you know before going what it's like, rather than end up being taken for a ride by the new stallholders of this once brilliant market..
Written September 8, 2011
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EuroTravelLight
Austin, TX19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I went to a couple of these flea markets while living in Rome. Mostly they are filled with junk. The better markets are the smaller local ones held in various places around Rome. I bought all my kitchen gadgets at these markets for 1 or 2 for a dollar.

I bought some things that I have loved and have displayed in my house now. Rome apts have huge keys and I found a few keys for sale in the market that I bought for almost no money ($3.00 U.S. for several). They are displayed on my wall of travel memories now. I also found lots of old postcards of places in Italy -- old black and white ones with fabulous styles of writing (ornate). They had old stamps and date marks which were fabulous. I found frames that allowed me to tear the edges of the postcards (to look older) and I put a postcard in the middle of each frame, for a set of 5 frames. I've had many compliments on the arrangement and the antique subject matter. I have extras that I plan to use for my scrapbooking -- both the fronts and the backs of the postcards are very interesting.

Then once I made a mistake and bought a small weekender suitcase. It looked nice on the outside but then, after I took it back home, I realized it had a faint odor of gasoline. It took much airing out and filling with different deodorizers to get rid of the smell. So buyer beware.
Written September 18, 2007
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Dennis A
Australia6,913 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011 • Couples
It took a little finding, but if you take the No 8 tram from Largo Argentina ask someone when you are say 4 stops past the Tiber: "Porta Portese??" [POR TAR POR TAY SAY?]. There is a stop right at one edge of the market. Those reviewers disappointed by the market may have taken the wrong street, there are a couple of less crowded less interesting areas.

AND GO ON A SUNDAY! Not open other days.

There are, in addition to such new items as top Levis with labels upside down or wrong size, for next to nothing, new leather bags, and a wondrous array of used garments (great light-weight gifts to take home) there are some serious old or antique items including books, prints, maps, glassware, etc. As the items get more 'antique' and as the end of the market morning, haggle hard (preferably numbers in Italian) expect vociferous and lightning fast exchanges, and if you reach a conclusion on price, do be a good person and buy the thing. Nothing ruder than chiseling tourists who walk away after the bargaining, spoils the process for others.

The market is very crowded, wheelchairs only for the brave with company!

There is food available from stalls in the market.
Or cross the viale Trastevere (tram route) and go a little further uphill to find interesting eating places.

OR, exiting the market at Porta Portese itself, upstream end, by the river, cross the bridge and ask your way to the Testaccio market, excellent food market off the tourist routes. And from Testaccio an excellent walk back to the centre via the Circus Maximus, etc.
Written February 13, 2012
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