How would you like to shop like a Roman? It’s not expensive. I promise.
In the city center is a neighborhood called Campo De Fiori. During the day its main piazza has an outdoor market active since medieval times. Open Monday though Saturday it sells prime produce, cheeses, flowers and kitchen items such as espresso makers, a nice item to take home.
The market is a local affair, with just a smattering of tourists taking a look. Grandmothers carefully choose fresh vegetables and chat with stall owners. Don’t you wish you were invited to dinner? A few outdoor cafes in the piazza offer a good place to rest and take it all in.
The side streets of Campo De Fiori are worth wandering down. Vespas zoom by on narrow cobblestone lanes named after the artisans who inhabited them centuries ago. Ancient doorways line alleys that haven’t escaped Rome’s ubiquitous graffiti.