If your in Rome on Sunday you may find many of the tourists attractions to be closed. If your stuck for what to do you could do little worse than to head to Porta Portese street market although you will have to get up early as it closes between 1pm and 2pm depending on the weather. The market can be found on the left bank of the Tiber in Trastevere between Porta Portese and Stazione Trastevere. To get there you can take the bus H from Termini or catch the 8 tram from Largo Argentina.

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Once at the Porta Portese market you will find 1000’s of vendors selling all kinds of goods from second hand clothing to vintage furniture and antiques. the second hand clothing stalls can produce good finds although the clothes are usually just piled onto a table and grouped by price ether €1,€2 or €3. The market is also a good place to find quirky memento’s such as back issues of famous Italian comics such as Diabolik, super kitsch tourist items, old currencies or my personal favorite a stall selling communist memorabilia. How Italian this is im not sure but it completely fulfilled my desire to own a communist medal. There are however plenty of other ‘bric a brac’ stalls which will satisfy even the strangest whim.

The area is completely alive and busseling with people and unless you keep a beady eye on your companions you will lose them. This needn’t be scary as you will soon become immersed in the hussel of the market and the flow of people through it. Ending on a note caution venturing into this market by yourself is completely fine however in the past their has been a problem with pick pockets so keep your valuables safe.

The market was featured in the 1948 italian film Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves) which is in the top 10 BFI films you should see by the age of 14.

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