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St. Augustine, Florida
October 7, 2009
From journal Off to the Market in Florence
blackpool, United Kingdom
May 1, 2004
Shirts, blouses, socks, underwear, and most of all, leather jackets and coats can be bought at a fraction of the price you will pay in central Florence. I bought a fine black leather jacket for less than £20.
If you are renting an apartment you will find that vegetables cost far less here than at the nearby supermercato and the butchers inside the market sell high quality meat at lower prices than their counterparts over at Mercato Centrale. If you are becoming a resident Florentine this is where you want to do your shopping.
At the present time, (2004) the neighbourhood is undergoing some gentrification but this is slow and the locals are holding out quite successfully. The neighbourhood suffered considerably during the floods of 1966 (when Santa Croce was severley damaged) and hundreds of residents abandoned their homes and moved elsewhere. But the city council has worked hard to try and maintain the area's authenticity.
Whether or not they will succeed in retaining it remains to be seen. But if you're spending a week or more in Florence you should walk over here and savour a genuine Florentine neighbourhood.
From journal Living and Learning in the Cradle of the Renaissance