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One of my favorite things to do while in Europe is to stroll through open air markets.

fruit vegetable market open air rome

  Why? Well, in my town they’re not many of them. And often times the open air markets end up selling mostly processed foods rather than fresh fruit and veggies. So, seeing fresh foods for me is a real treat (sad, I know!).  And this was the first time I was seeing very fresh zucchini flowers! 😀

open air rome market vegetable fruit

These photos are from Rome’s Campo de’ Fiori (field of flowers), not too far from Piazza Navona. During the morning they are an open air market, at night it is transformed into a social gathering place.

rome market tomatoes

 Many have told me that the market has changed quite a bit in the last several years.  They sell less fresh fruit and veggies with more hawkers and processed food sellers taking up space.

open air fruit vegetable market rome

But still there is an abundance of fresh food to see, smell, taste and buy!

rome open air market limoni lemons amalfi

I loved seeing produce with leaves still attached… peaches, Amalfi lemons, figs, and of course zucchini as shown in the first pic.

open air market rome spices campo de' fiori

Dried tomatoes were prevalent along with conical bags of spices and dried pasta.

fake purses rome

And of course, let us not forget the street hawkers with their cheap goods. It’s impossible to miss them in Rome.

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