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Biomercato at Testaccio’s Città dell’ Altra Economia

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Every Sunday, the Biomercato organic farmers’ market sets up shop in the Città dell’ Altra Economia‘s cobblestoned courtyard. Stalls cluster in the vast piazza flanked by retired slaughter house pavilions, wire fencing, a pile of ancient terra cotta refuse, refugee housing and the Tiber River.

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Vendors sell organic and biodynamic produce, as well as raw dairy, baked goods, cured meats, cheeses, olive oil and wine. Don’t miss the Liberamensa stall in the northeast corner of the complex for fried-to-order olive ascolane.

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Though it is lesser known than the better publicized Coldiretti’s famers’ markets in Garbatella and near the Cirucs Maximus, the Biomercato offers overall higher quality goods than its counterparts. Poor communication skills and quality products, sadly, go hand in hand. It’s an issue that has plagued the entire CAE project since its inception.


The Biomercato is a weekend affair (open Sundays and occasionally Saturdays), but its neighbor, the Città dell’ Altra Economia, is open Tuesday through Sunday and houses an organic supermarket, a risto-bar, exhibition spaces and fair trade oriented shops. There is also a restaurant called Stazione di Posta…but it’s not very good.

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This weekend, the CAE will host a natural wine fair. Check the venue’s website for hours, events and other listings.

Citta dell altra economia

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2017-02-17T15:16:29+00:00 March 7th, 2014|Categories: Food & Wine, Markets, Rome & Lazio, Rome on a Budget|2 Comments


  1. Coral March 14, 2014 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Ciao Katie! I love this place- I studied in Rome on a food politics program and we spent lots of time here- I remember it most for a conference on food sovereignty. You’re right though- terrible communications! It’s been there for ages and I think you’re the 1st blog I’ve seen write about it. Plus I also remember they weren’t terribly nice in the shops there. Still-that is still one of my favorite places in Rome.

  2. Pino Cau January 17, 2015 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    The place is great and unusual for Rome.
    I discovered it on 2012, the CAE asked me to start the new restaurant, with mr Pipero of Pipero al Rex.
    Now, in november, Stazione di Posta was awarded with a Michelin star.
    A small objective we reached
    I’d like you could try Stazione di Posta, again


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