The Best Flea Markets to get Original, Vintage, Thrift and Second-hand Steals
Set in Rome’s central cool quarter, Mercato Monti is a popular stop for those looking for unique and stylish pickings. Think original hand crafted accessories, vintage shades, handmade and vintage clothing, screen printed tees, quirky brooches and old-school phones. A little more expensive than other Rome markets, the well-organised space makes up for it with its cosy atmosphere and friendly stall owners who are happy to spend time giving you style tips or just chatting. Starting this year you can also use credit and debit cards as payment methods.
Via Leonina, 46 (Monti) – Sat & Sun 10am– 8pm
A more upscale type of Flea Market, Borghetto Flaminio is a mesh of vintage, second-hand designer brands and household antiques. Although the market charges an entrance fee (a few euro), the quality of the products and the fact that the market is filtered from the usual “junk clutter” makes it worthwhile. Held every Sunday, Borghetto Flaminio is located just a few stops away from Piazza del Popolo and is a nice change from the chaotic weekend traffic on Via del Corso.
Piazza della Marina, 32 (Flaminio) – Sunday 10am -7pm
Mercato di Porta Portese
Porta Portese along Via Portuense in Trastevere is open every Sunday and is generally considered Rome’s most extensive and famous flea market. This is the sort of hustle and bustle style market where you can expect loud traders, haggling, the odd pick-pocketer and all manner of items from fake designer bags and plastic kitchenware to antique furniture and collectors’ goods. For household products or second-hand clothes, try the riverside entrance by Piazzale Portuense, or if you’re hoping to unearth more antique treasures, your best bet is to enter the market from Piazza Ippolito Nievo. Although you need to put in the hours and the effort to surface with a real gem, Porta Portese is a lively, historic haven for those who love to rummage in the atmosphere of an authentic, gritty market.
Via Portuense (Trastevere) – Every Sunday 8am – 2pm
Mercato di Via Sannio
This is a great little off-the-beaten track mercato for bargain hunters: a no-frills and manageable affair. The market is tucked away near the famous San Giovanni in Laterano church just outside the old city walls. The stalls are clustered together into a square, and the rows of merchandise are easy to navigate. Mostly you will find inexpensive jewellery, slogan tees, and a range of second-hand, vintage as well as new: clothes, shoes, hats, bags and belts. You can even get your hair dreadlocked at one of the vendors-come-hairdressers.
Via Sannio (San Giovanni) – Mon -Sat 7.30am to 2pm
Vintage Market & Co.
Sundays are for markets in old theatres brunch, and shopping around for vintage clothing and accessories, new Italian designers, jewelry, music posters, disks, vinyls, books, and artisanal crafts from local artists and illustrators. Now add a dj set and some live music courtesy of hip local bands and you’ve got the Sunday market at Teatro Quirinetta. This is so much more than a flea market, it is the event for the vintage addicted, fans of soul, funk and indie, and brunch lovers. The “new frontier for Made in Italy” products, it’s a hub for emerging creative talents as well as curated vintage collectors. Brunch is served in the stage at noon and entrance is free
The Vintage Market takes place in various venues around Rome. Check their website for more information
We all know Sundays are dedicated to brunch. But who said you can’t enjoy fluffy pancakes, eggs Benedict and flavourful Roman pastas with an indoor artisanal market? Live Alcazar certainly thinks so! Every Sunday, Live Alcazar hosts an indoor artisanal market where you’ll find unique vintage records as well as quality clothes and accessories made by young Roman designers until aperitivo. It’s the perfect paradise for vintage lovers (and foodies)!