Rome closes Circus Maximus farmers' market

Market stall-holders claim they have been evicted by city.

The Mercato di Campagna Amica, a popular zero-km food market near Rome's Circus Maximus, has been closed by the administration of mayor Virginia Raggi.

The operators of the market, agricultural association Coldiretti, claim they have been evicted by the city which failed to renew its license to use the building on Via di S. Teodoro.

The city says it has acted in compliance with the law, shutting down the market because its lease was up. However Coldiretti says that it had been requesting an extension of its operating license for three months prior to the expiry date, and that the closure has resulted in the loss of almost 300 jobs.

Rome's deputy mayor Luca Bergamo said the city is working to find a solution to reopen the market which has been operating each weekend since 2009.

The market's 55 agricultural food companies and farmers offered cheeses, olive oil, cured meats, honey, wine, sausages and truffles, all produced in the Roman hinterland.