Friday, September 10, 2010

Our neighbourhood market in Rome

Situated just north of the Pantheon and very near to our apartment, the Mercatino di Piazza delle Coppelle became John and my local market during our stay in Rome last May.
Open weekday mornings the little market has been run by the extended Giammatteo family since 1957. The excellent fresh produce comes from their market garden in the Alban Hills, eggs come from their own free-range hens and extra virgin olive oil from their own groves. 
On Tuesday and Fridays the market also features a small stand of fresh Mediterranean seafood like these octopi to the family's loyal customers.
They always featured a small, choice collection of fresh cut flowers as well. We loved starting our days with a visit first thing in the morning.

Here, I've photographed some gorgeous peonies from the market that we displayed on our balcony table.
And here is John's photo ot the wonderful fresh strawberries that we bought regularly and ate with yogurt as our breakfasts during our stay in the Eternal City. If you stay in the historic centre be sure to pay the Mercatino a visit.

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