Rome’s food markets (some of many, let alone Campo de’ Fiori)
One thing you can say about Rome, good food is mostly affordable and fresh.A lot of ingredients they use locally come from the very region of Rome, indeed.Think of the pecorino cheese you spread on top of pasta: those sheep were born and raised nearby.
At local markets it won’t show any sheep, but that’s where you can find any kind of dairy produce and cold cuts, raw meats and fish, preserves and more, especially fresh fruits and vegetables. They are open early in the morning until early afternoon of weekdays only, with one exception for a start.
San Teodoro is an indoor market held in between the Roman forum and Circus Maximus, an area that you’ll like to stroll on the weekends. If you don’t need to do the grocery shopping, you can just pop in and go straight for lunch. You’ll get quite a sample of goodies they freshly make out of farming.
Esquilino market is quite the opposite. Along with fruits and vegetables from all over the country, it also shows fruitage and preserves from abroad Italy. A real feast for the eyes at a walking distance from Termini station and Vittorio Emanuele metro.
You can have the feel of ordinary shopping in Rome right outside the ancient city walls, too. A great number of districts have their own market place, e.g. the Trionfale in Prati, or Garbatella one stop next to Piramide, and Nomentano just off the Porta Pia, not to mention Testaccio and more markets within the historic center.
It’s really worth sightseeing in and around Rome, in and out of places where you can buy a good meal, but also go where real food gets into town, there is a lot to see and eat.