Monday, February 27, 2012

Porta Portese Market

Every Sunday morning, from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., three street blocks just off the Ippolito Nievo tram turn into the most jam-packed and slightly overwhelming flea market in all of Rome. Vendors line the blocks with everything from antique postcards, to laptops and cameras (definitely stolen), to clothes and kitchen wares.

(I wish I had a better picture, it was so hard to photograph everything)

Many of the stands were full of junk - definitely just trash picked up on the side of the road. But if you searched through the piles and pushed your way through the throngs of people trying to haggle down a price, you could find some pretty interesting pieces. 

Like these phones. Who knows if they actually work (doubtful) but they're so colorful and nostalgic. We walked down the entire street and worked our way up the other side, which was much more similar to the flea markets that we know (Festival in Boca!!). There were tables of jewelry, scarves, random assortments of clothes (some vintage, some just old). I found this beautiful bangle, which the guy said is from India, though there's just no way (most likely Made in China). Some cool British girl helped us haggle, because clearly we were the Dumb Americans (ugh). 

(Why would I take pictures of what I bought when I could take a picture of this...)

Naturally we had to stop for a snack, which 99% of the time means a pastry. This one was layers of flaky pastry filled with custard and chocolate cream (surprisingly not nutella). YUM. Sorry not sorry waistline, I have no full-length mirrors and pasticcerias galore, you're just going to have to expand.

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