Porta Portese flea market ☆☆

Vintage stuff at a stall, Porta Portese, Rome, Italy (Photo by Manuela)
Vintage stuff at a stall

Rome's main Sunday flea market is at Porta Portese in Trastevere

The stalls, Porta Portese, Rome, Italy. (Photo by trolvag)
Bargaining for a hat, Porta Portese, Rome, Italy. (Photo by Fabrizio Sciami)
Paintings for sale, Porta Portese, Rome, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Malatesta)
A junk stall, Porta Portese, Rome, Italy. (Photo by Mihr*)
The actual porta (gateway) that gives Porta Portese its name, Porta Portese, Rome, Italy. (Photo by Lalupa)

The mother load of Roman bazaars is Porta Portese, a flea market off Piazza Ippolito Nievo that began at the close of World War II as a black and gray market but has grown to be one of Europe's premier permanent garage sales with more than 1,000 stalls and exhibitors.

You'll find everything here from antique credenzas to used carburetors, bootleg CDs to birds that squawk "Ciao," previously owned clothes to Italian comic books to used Leicas, all in a carnival atmosphere of haggling and hollering, jostling and junk jockeying, beggars, pickpockets, and shrewd stall owners, swirling around auditory pockets of badly dubbed dance music and the the scents of sweet roasting corn.

It runs every Sunday, from soon after dawn until late lunchtime.

Hang on to your wallet (not because of the prices; becasue ot the pickpockets)

Photo gallery
  • Vintage stuff at a stall, Porta Portese, Italy (Photo by Manuela)
  • The stalls, Porta Portese, Italy (Photo by trolvag)
  • Bargaining for a hat, Porta Portese, Italy (Photo by Fabrizio Sciami)
  • Paintings for sale, Porta Portese, Italy (Photo by Alessandro Malatesta)
  • A junk stall, Porta Portese, Italy (Photo by Mihr*)
  • The actual porta (gateway) that gives Porta Portese its name, Porta Portese, Italy (Photo by Lalupa)

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Tips

How long does Porta Portese take?

Even if you just want to take a quick peek, it will probably take an hour to find your way out again. Shoppers will spend 2-3 hours here.

Pickpocket alert

Seriosly, hold on to your wallet. Crowded markets like this are prime hunting grounds for light-fingered Luigis.