Mercato San Cosimato in Trastevere

Mercato San Cosimato in Trastevere

I love to wander through Mercato San Cosimato, but there are unwritten rules about market shopping in Italy.

Mainly: you stick to your own.

Loyalty matters in when it comes to greengrocers and all perishable goods.

But when they day broke crisp and bright, I knew I wanted to walk more than 2 blocks.

mercato San Cosimato in Trastevere

I wanted to revel in the blue skies and quiet, cool morning.

So I found myself en route to Mercato San Cosimato on foot.

Fresh vegetables at Italian market

The market takes its name from the Piazza that it occupies every Monday through Saturday in Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood.

Daily fresh market in Rome's Trastevere neighborhood

While the fruit and vegetable vendors cluster in the center of the piazza under removable awnings that are broken down each day, San Cosimato is also home to some permanent covered stalls.

These shops sell everything from books, to pasta, fish, and meat.

San cosimato covered market

The oldest is probably antica pescheria da Menelik, a fish stand that has been open in Piazza San Cosimato since 1920.

Books in piazza San Cosimato

The market was temporarily moved to Piazza Mastai in 2006 in order to allow for works on Trastevere’s idyllic little square.

The square is a gathering place for the neighborhood – with children zipping back and forth on bikes, as well as climbing around on a neighboring playground.

In the summer, Piazza San Cosimato hosts an outdoor cinema.

Italian farmers market in Rome

But mainly, it is known for its small traditional market that is open from about 7:30 am to 2 pm every day except Sunday.

Trastevere San Cosimato square with a traditional market

And I don’t regret cheating on Testaccio for just this once.

 

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Natalie is a food and travel writer who has been living in Rome full time since 2010. She is the founder and editor of this blog and prefers all of her days to include coffee, gelato, and wine.

4 Comments

  1. dena landry
    November 17, 2016 / 4:57 am

    I loved the fresh markets in rome, i rented an apartment for 2 weeks , and looked forward to shopping and cooking something every evening with the fresh ingredients, they even had bags of different fresh veggies , to make salads or veggie soup, or grill . not like here in the USA were we shop weekly or so. And lots of box or preserved or frozen foods. Loved even the fresh seasonings, and grabbing a bunch of grapes, as a snack. Lucky to be living there.

    • Natalie
      Author
      November 18, 2016 / 7:53 am

      I think that is absolutely one of the best ways to really experience Rome!

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