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“Prego, prego, prego!”

The word echoes around the crowded market stalls that fill the southeast side of Rome’s Trastevere district each Sunday.

It’s a word that carries more than one meaning, but in the bustle of the morning trade its closest interpretation would be “Can I help you?”

If you’re the kind of person who might love to rummage through the bargains of Rome’s largest flea market at Porte Portese, then the answer is probably yes.

With more than a thousand traders to choose from you’re bound to find something for you.

I’d recommend coming in by the south entrance off Via Carlo Porta; it’s just north of Trastevere Station for overland trains and also on the rather handy number 8 tram route.

The market starts at 7 am so if you want a real antique treasure head down early.

Grab a quick snack on the way, there are cafés along the entrance and a bread stall selling local bakery as you come in.

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