|Typical street vendors located throughout Rome - this one on Via D. Terme di Diocleziano.|
As in most cities throughout the world, traditional brick and mortar DVD stores are quickly becoming a thing of the past and Rome is no different. Except for typical Hollywood blockbusters, many obscure and hard-to-find DVD titles don’t turn up in the bigger chains such as Mondadori, some of which have closed their doors altogether. Despite this sad but real fact, if you’re willing to expand your search outside of the regular tourist traps in Rome, there are plenty of great places to discover hidden gems, usually for a fraction of the price as well.
Probably one of the best places to search for DVDs still remains the Porta Portese Flea Market held every Sunday from 8:00am until 2:00pm. Located on Via Portunese & Ippolito Nievo in Trastevere right along the Tiber River, the world famous market has definitely lost some of its luster and features stall after stall of cheap clothing and dollar-store type trinkets, but it’s a fascinating and massive market that is still worth visiting. Fortunately, there are still a number of vendors that sell DVDs and Blu-Rays that, from my experience, never rise above €3.00 while many vendors even sold them for a mere Euro; an amazing deal considering these are original pressed DVDs and not bootlegs. Spaghetti westerns, poliziescos, horror, comedies, you name it you can find it here.
|Porta Portese DVD purchases. This cost 15 Euros.|
Similar to Porta Portese, there are a number of street stalls that also sell books and tons of DVDs as well and one of the easier to find locations is on Via D. Terme di Diocleziano right next to the Piazza di Repubblica. The prices tend to be on the higher side, but never above €5.00.
Lastly, Transmission is a terrific store located on via dei Salentini, 27, about a 10 minute walk from the Roma Termini Train Station that tends to specialize in music, but also have an extensive catalogue of used DVDs and Blu-Rays in stock. Definitely worth a visit but if you can’t make it to Rome, visit them on their English-friendly website here.
Good luck and happy hunting!
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