Today the Italian capital welcomes around 15 million tourists a year to marvel at some of the world’s finest archaeological and architectural sites and art treasures.
The city is also full of antique shops and art galleries and has around 10 antiques and fleamarkets to browse, including the busy Mercatino Antiquariato di Ponte Milvio, north of the city on the Via Capoprati.
Beside the Tiber river and the ancient Ponte Milvio, onto which bridge in more recent years couples have attached padlocks as symbols of undying love until these were removed by the council, around 100 dealers offer paintings, antiques (particularly furniture), decorative and vintage pieces.
The market runs on the first and second Sunday of the month from 9am-8pm, with the next on June 4.
La Soffitta Sotto I Portici – the attic under the arcades – in the
Piazza Augusto Imperatore, near the beautiful Villa Borghese off the popular Via Del Corso, is a popular fleamarket held on the first and third Sunday of the month. The next is on May 21. It has been described as selling ‘vintage fashion and jewellery, antique First World War flying leather helmets, turn-of-the-century kaleidoscopes, books, stamps, coins, decorative art, paintings, prints, small furniture, frames, ancient pottery, crystal beads and antique lace’.
On the second Sunday of the month from 10am-8pm, with the next on June 11, the Piazzale di Porta Pia, hosts an antiques and collectors’ market with 60 stands and units selling furniture, vintage fashion, small antiques, antiquarian books, prints, vintage comics and other items with a retro local flavour.
Details of some of the markets from fleamarketinsiders.com.
One point to note is that none of these Rome markets run in August.