Looking for a unique, easily transportable, and enjoyable memento of your time in Rome? Why not try the Mercato delle Stampe (Prints Market).
This little market, consisting of some small permanent vendor kiosks, is open Monday through Saturday. It’s a short walk from the Spanish Steps Apartment, walking down the Corso (which features greatly in our posts) toward Piazza del Popolo (another significant locale in our stories), then veering left through the delightful Piazza di San Lorenzo in Lucina. Make sure to check out the venerable church there.
After visiting the church, and perhaps tearing yourself away from the Louis Vuitton flagship store on the piazza (in a converted historical movie theater) — nice touch that they kept a small cinema screening room as part of the renovation. Continue onto Largo della Fontanella di Borghese, where a few minutes later you’ll find the Mercato delle Stampe.
The booths at Mercato delle Stampe sell a wide variety of vintage books, maps, posters, postcards, and art prints, some framed, many not. There are a smattering of antiques and trinkets for sale as well.
I’ve seen prints, of course, of Roman scenes (both ancient and more modern), but also of architectural elements, birds, fish, dogs, butterflies, cars, coral, fruit, vases, and decorative objects. You name it, they may have it.
Vendors are usually friendly and happy to talk about their wares. Bargaining is certainly a possibility, particularly if you are considering multiple items. Bring cash!
And, you may want to pop in to the nearby Galleria Cembalo, which is free! This very cool art gallery focuses on photography (no pun intended). It’s housed in the wonderful Palazzo Borghese, which contains a magnificent yet peaceful courtyard where you can sit and relax after your eventful day of shopping and gallery walking.