Trajan’s Market | Il Mercato di Traiano

Rome: View of Trajan’s Market

Trajan’s Market (in Italian: Il Mercato di Traiano) is a well preserved ancient structure located on Via dei Fori Imperiali in Rome (take note: the entrance to the museum is on Via Novembre) that is now a museum. The museum celebrates not only Trajan’s Market but all of the ancient forums built by Rome’s emperors.  The interior of the structure contains exhibits, statues and artwork that were recovered from the site as well as other forums and sites around Rome.  Unfortunately, photography is not permitted inside the market, but outside, you can photograph to your heart’s content.  There’s a very well stocked bookstore and gift shop on the premises as well if you’re interested in Roman art and archaeology.

The upper levels of the complex were believed to have housed offices and other administrative functions, while the lower levels featured shops which most probably sold food, oils and other grocery items (although there is some debate about the function of the structure).  The complex is worth a visit, and you can spend an hour or two simply exploring the interior and exterior.  If you’re curious as to how the Romans built their structures, this is a great place to visit because you can see firsthand the types of materials used to construct Trajan’s Market.

Tickets to the museum are 11 euro per person.  If you’re a resident of the city, entrance is 10 euro per person (but you must show documentation showing that you reside there).  The museum also participates in the Roma Pass.  The museum is open from 9am to 7pm, Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays).  Remember that the ticket office closes an hour before (6pm).