photo credit: Mary Stuart
The exterior of the Mercato Trionfale looks more like an aesthetically challenged office building than the setting for Rome’s largest public market. What the facade lacks in character, the interior more than makes up for in quality and variety of its products. The south side of the market, just a few blocks from the busy Vatican Museums, houses fishmongers selling local and imported catch — look for anchovies, clams, and octopi caught in the nearby Tyrrhenian Sea — while the adjacent interior stalls are run by local farmers, a rarity in Rome, and sell produce grown just outside of the city. Take a spin to see what’s in season, then seek out the Biolà stall (Box 211) near the northwest corner of the market, which sells raw milk, cheeses, and gelato.
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