The Nuovo Mercato Esquilino in Rome is just a short walk from the main train station, Termini. We have heard that this market is more multicultural than the other markets of Rome. Already during the walk through the quarter we notice many Asian stores.
Nuovo Mercato Esquilino
As we reach the market, we are a little disappointed because the offer obviously includes only fabrics, clothes, leather goods, etc.. In the courtyard we see many students. In one corner is a café and where we take a rest, enjoying a cappuccino. Obviously, the market is housed on the ground floor. Upstairs are lecture halls of university or an institute.
As we get back on the road, we notice that the real market in a neighboring building. Here we find fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and anything else for daily consumption. Both the seller and the customers seem to come from all over the world.
Just like the range of goods for sale. Everything looks very fresh. The different cultures and their colors joy amaze us and we can not get enough of us.
The Nuovo Mercato Esquilino has replaced the previous green market at the Piazza Vittorio.
Piazza Vittorio Emanuelle II
Where once was the market, is now a park. The square with its surrounding imposing city palaces was built around 1880. It is located on the bottom of a Roman cemetery for slaves and criminals.
In the park, you can visit the
It is next to the striking oversized architectural remains of a Roman fountain, the Nymphaeum of Alexander Severus and the Villa of the Marquis Massimo Palombara di Pietra Forte, one of the most famous alchemists of the 17th century.
A magician, who was guest of the house of the marquis, gave him a formula to be able to transform metal into gold. As he did not manage to use these, he had it engraved on a door pillar, so that it would not be lost to the posterity. The villa changed into the possession of the influential family Massimo later.
Past the impressive House of the Sisters of San Giuseppe di Cluny, a charity for the poor and needy, we arrive at the Baths of Trajan.
Baths of Trajan
Directly at the entrance to the park of the Bath of Trajan are the premises of the Egyptian embassy. That’s the reason why you see Egyptian preciousness in the middle of Rome.
We visit the monumental remains of the baths, which only fragmentally indicate the former splendor and size. The Baths of Trajan was built on parts of Nero’s palace, the Domus Aurea.
While walking to the Colosseum you can see parts of the Domus Aurea on the hillside.
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