Grocery Stores

In Rome, there are supermercati and mercati. Supermercati are just like what you would expect, a supermarket that’s indoors with air conditioning and lots of packaged goods like you would find in the United States. Mercati are usually open-air markets or farmer markets with mostly local produce. This consists mainly of meats, cheese, and bread.

There are plenty of open markets and stores everywhere. All are super good and cheap! You’ll find it amazing to see the prices over here and they also give you moderate amounts at a time so nothing you can’t handle to finish! Plenty of butcher shops as well with local produce, whatever you prefer! Peanut butter is hard to come by, however, stores like Simply have small amounts of it but can be expensive.
**Tip at the supermercati or “grocery stores”. When you go to buy meats and cheeses over the counter, they will either slice it up thick or thin, whichever you prefer. “Sottile” means thin and “spesso” means thick. Most of these workers will not speak English, so that’s very important to know! They also weigh by grams and anywhere from 100 to 300 grams will do just fine for meats, salamis, cheeses, etc.

**Another tip is when you pick out fruits or vegetables, you have to weigh it at the stand near by and choose the number that corresponds to the number of fruits or vegetables that you are purchasing.

Here is a link to plenty of supermarkets in the city center:

Another useful link: permarkets

Markets in Rome Rome has some of the best markets in the world. A trip to a local market can be one of the best Roman experiences. These markets are generally open during the weekdays from 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There are some that are open and only open on the weekends as well. These markets are a must if you plan on purchasing the BEST local produce and the freshest of fruits or vegetables. They also have clothes and other flea market goods, including original gifts you can take back home. Here’s a list of some of the best:

• Mercato Campo de’ Fiori
• Mercato Trionfale
• Nuovo Mercato Esquilino
• Mercato di Piazza San Cosimato
• Mercato di Testaccio

Pulled from Forbes Travel Guide, there are plenty of others too! Look up the best open-air markets in Rome and you’ll be sure to find lots of others.

Here below, I have given you a few lists of fruits, vegetables, spices, and meats that are translated to help find what you need!



Italian English
Albicocche Apricots
Arance Oranges (best starting in November)
Avocado Avocado (best starting in November)/td>
Banane Bananas
Cachi Japanese Persimmon
Castagne Chestnuts
Fichi Figs (hard to find after September ends)
Kiwi Kiwi (best starting in November)
Limoni Lemons
Mandarini Mandarins (best starting in November)
Mele Apples
Mirtilli Blueberries (hard to find after September)
Pere Pears
Pesche Peaches (best until end of September)
Uva Grapes (best until end of October)