We stumbled across this local farmers’ market which is right next door to the Circus Maximus but still feels off the beaten track.
The best thing about it is that it’s all local Lazio produce. Set up to promote local, sustainable agriculture, the market has a ‘0 km’ philosophy and only sells products made or grown within 100km.
You will find DOC wines and extra virgin olive oil, local pecorino (sheep’s cheese), fresh fruit and veg, dried legumes, honey, seafood and cured meats.
We wandered through the meats and cheeses sections, intrigued by the roasted pigs heads, and stopped to look at the stalls piled high with prosciuttos and salamis and other less familiar cured meats like lonza, guanciale and coppiette.
We were there around lunch time so bought giant porchetta rolls (4€), stuffed full of juicy pork shoulder with garlic and fennel, crispy bits of skin and just enough salty, fattiness to make it absolutely delicious. I've included a photo below of the porchetta stall.
There were a a couple of things here that we missed out on. We didn’t realise that there was a garden area out the back where we could have sat with our porchetta rolls. This would have been good to know beforehand. We also didn’t realise how close we were the famous Bocca della Verita (Mouth of Truth) so we missed seeing that. It's only a couple of minutes away so make sure not to miss it.
HOURS: Be aware that the market is only open on Saturday & Sunday, from 8am-3pm.