June 2, 2004
The market specializes in souvenirs, with luggage, leather coats, and pashminas taking center stage. Most of the market stands sell the same merchandise, but the prices do differ.
The main attraction of the Mercato Nuovo is without a doubt the boar statue. Legend has it that anyone who rubs the boar's snout will return to Florence. Don't get caught under a tour group! My girlfriend was sitting next to the boar, taking a picture, when a huge tour group came by. She was not able to get up because they were throwing themselves all over the boar, all trying to rub its snout at once. I guess it's a good thing that they all want to return to Florence.
From journal Fabulous Florence