Mercato di Testaccio is a busy marketplace in Rome's Piazza Testaccio that, unlike many other Roman markets, is held in a more permanent structure. Greengrocers, butchers, fishmongers and sellers of cheese and dairy products offer their wares for sale in the plaza, where locals know to go for diverse and high-quality food.

    Southeast of the centre of Rome, Mercato di Testaccio began directly in the main square but moved to a nearby, more modern spot in 2012. Since then, the market has seen renewed interest from locals and greater interest from travellers, providing cultural dishes and atmosphere as superb as ever.

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    What are the highlights of Mercato di Testaccio in Rome?

    Lunch is the market’s speciality, and the bar Chicchi e Lettere, or Beans and Letters, is a popular hotspot for teenagers and young adults, serving coffee, wine, beer and snacks.

    Mercato di Testaccio also runs a central seating area around a sizable variety of food stalls. While classic Roman foods are, of course, the most abundant, each stall has its own specialities and cooking techniques, so the same food may taste different from one stall to another. Max Caffe Piazzetta serves alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, while another popular stall, Morde e Vai, sells panini sandwiches.

    What else is good to know about Mercato di Testaccio in Rome?

    Mercato di Testaccio is busiest on Saturdays, although the crowds consist mostly of locals enjoying some spare time as opposed to throngs of visitors sightseeing. All areas of the market are kept as fresh and clean as possible for all to enjoy.

    Popular with visitors of all ages and teeming with an array of fruits and vegetables and gourmet street food, this market offers a great spot for good company, conversation and dining. For information about seasonal and special events at Mercato di Testaccio, check the market's website prior to your visit.

    Mercato di Testaccio in Rome

    Location: Via Aldo Manuzio, 66b, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

    Open: Monday–Friday from 7 am to 2.30 pm, Saturday from 7 am to 3.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +39 333 715 6290

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