Best kept shopping secrets, San Giovanni

To find out why leafy San Giovanni has great entertainment as well as the mother of all churches go to the ‘UI Areas of Rome’ page. Many miss this bargain street market right by the metro stop of ’San Giovanni’, while visiting the oldest basilica in Rome. However close by on Via Sannio every morning merchants display imported clothes for great prices that stay on trend (clothes can start at €2). Think of it as a smaller version of the Porta Portese Sunday market. Living nearby I would often see the vendors setting up early in the morning then having a coffee break while playing cards. Open Mon-Sat, 7am-2pm.

However if vintage is your bag, you’ll find San Giovanni’s best kept secret, Pifebo 2. Head past the basilica of San Giovanni, take Via dell’Amba Aradam (love that name), onto Via dei Valeri. My roommate once came home ecstatic that she had bagged a whole kilo of bags and clothes for just €15 here. I had to investigate. Apart from a bargain section this underground vintage dream bursts with colour when you step in through the unassuming entrance. It’s founding store Pifebo in Monti (search keyword tab for info) is widely known for its discerning good taste. Here the delicious magpie cache of clothes, shoes and accessories has a much larger stage to perform. Prices are mid-level (€50 average), open Mon-Sat 4-8pm. Head to the Sannio market in the morning, on to the basilica, then to Pifebo 2 for a fulfilling alternative day in Rome. www.pifebo.com

To find out what other fantastic entertainment there is here search keyword tab for ‘San Giovanni’.

 

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