Sunday, 5 April 2015

Markets of Rome: Via Sannio

If the market of Porta Portese is open only once per week, the street market of Via Sannio could be a convenient alternative, as it's open six days per week, from Monday to Saturday.
This rowdy and noisy place is quite popular with young people low on cash as it offers a good resource for cheap and indie clothes.
When I was a broken Art student I used to come here with my friends to look for clothes that my mother would mercilessly threw in the trash a few hours later after my purchases-- Every Roman would have a fond memory of this place, that turned into a real icon in the '70s.
It became quite popular with tourists because of this, making the usually affordable prices reach those of regular shops-- It's still easy to find some nice deals, though, as long as you're ready to face a bunch of smart-ass sellers and can count on a trained eye for good bargains!

As I reached the place, conveniently placed by the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran and its homonymous metro station, I had the chance to take a peek at the neverending works on the infamous Line C of Rome metro...
I took a pic, 'cause it was quite impressive! Look at that tunnel up there!

The beginning of the street that gives the name to the market, "Sannio street" is usually covered by these random stalls of odds and ends... The quality is as low as the price and it's usually counterfeit items.

The "real" market starts when you see this peculiar roofing: the most of the market is actually covered like this.
The further you walk into it, the nicer and more interesting the stalls!
As I said the market of Via Sannio is popular for the clothing and appareal.
Here you can find cheap used clothes, vintage dresses and bags, disturbing counterfeits and whatever a cool young guy could long for.

As usual, a special mention for my favourite stands, those dedicated to military stuff ♥

So, I wouldn't suggest a visit if you're not particularly interested in clothes and have a very low tollerance on nosy, pressing sellers, but if you're on your way to visit the various churches in the area, it could prove a fun distraction, and a fun bit of urban lifestyle.

On an ending note, I keep reading on touristic websites about the "art of bargaining" that you're supposed to master to approach these places and the various suggestions to use to get an ample discount of your picks-- Well, gave up on it.
Crisis made the sellers (expecially those who are selling good stuff) very little flexible on prices! The most you could aspire to is a discount of 5 or 10 euros on the original price... So, keep your feet on the ground! They are not going to call you back if you act as leaving ;)

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