Florence Journals

Off to the Market in Florence

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A travel journal to Florence by airynfaerie

Mercato Centrale Photo, Florence, Italy More Photos
Quote: A quintessential Italian routine is that of visiting, shopping, and bargaining at markets. Find everything from dried fruits, fresh cheeses, meats, olive oil, clothing, fragrant flowers, and books at one of the many unique markets in Florence.

San Lorenzo Market

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Attraction | "Leather Galore in Florence's Famous Outdoor Market"

San Lorenzo Market Photo, Florence, Italy
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When visitors to Italy's famous Renaissance city of Florence think of outdoor markets, more than likely the large San Lorenzo market is the first to come to mind. Tourists and locals meet at this daily market to buy items from leather coats, handbags, and hats, to linens, t-shirts, and handmade souvenirs. Located on the streets surrounding the San Lorenzo Church, and open Tuesday to Saturday (and first Sunday of the month) 7:30am to 7pm, there are vendors and stalls with products varied enough to please the most picky of shoppers. Covered stalls line the streets between the church and the busy Via Nazionale, and stay open rain or shine. Be prepared to bargain, as this is one of the best ma...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2009

San Lorenzo Market
Piazza San Lorenzo
Florence, Italy 50123

Mercato delle Pulci

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Attraction | "Florence's Flea Market"

Antiques at Market Photo, Florence, Italy
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Mercato delle PulciBric-a-brac galore reside at this unique flea market held under an old loggia in the heart of the Sant' Ambrogio area of Florence. If it's old coins, collectables, furniture, antique postcards, jewelry, or dusty books you're looking for, then this is the market for you. Known as Florence's Flea Market, the Mercato delle Pulci takes place in the beautiful Piazza dei Ciompi and is set up under partially covered walkways of a mix of permanent and temporary stalls. Some stalls are quite large and set up as small shops. Wander up the stairs that line the market border on the street side and then down again into the stall area, where you'll find tables full of pile...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2009

Cascine Park Market

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Attraction | "Florence Largest (and Longest) Market"

Cascine Park Market Photo, Florence, Italy
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Not only is the Cascine Park the largest park in Florence, and offer plenty of things to do such as cricket, bike trails, basketball courts, public swimming pool, tennis court, fountains and a mile-long river bank on which to relax...but it also is home to one of Florence's largest weekly markets. Every tuesday morning, Florentines and tourists alike gather to walk the line of stalls over 1km long, looking for a nice stroll and some good bargains. Everything, from fruits and vegetables, fair food, used and new clothing and shoes, to general groceries, jewelry, housewares, antiques, and plants can be found in this bustling market. Located at the western part of the city center, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 7, 2009

Cascine Park Market
Piazza Vittorio Veneto
Florence, Italy

Mercato Ambrogio

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Attraction | "A Market Favored by Locals"

Mercato Ambrogio Photo, Florence, Italy
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While living in Florence for a year, shopping at markets became part of a normal routine. Finding a market with good variety, good prices, and good people was important. Although a little walk away from the heart of the city center, Mercato di Sant' Ambrogio fit the bill.Offering a large covered outdoor open stall market where vendors sell seasonal fruits, vegetables, cheeses, spices, breads, and marinated olives on one side and used clothes, houseplants, rugs, kitchen tools, linens, and furniture on the other sides. All these stalls surround the main building, which is an industrial building from the 1860s and offers a smaller, one-story version of the larger Mercato Centrale in the city ...Read More

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Mercato Ambrogio
In Piazza Ghiberti and Piazza Sant'Ambrogio
Florence, Italy

Mercato Centrale

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Attraction | "A Look Into the Often-Missed Interior Market"

Mercato Centrale Photo, Florence, Italy
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When you mention the San Lorenzo Market in Florence, most people think of the rows of open stalls selling leather, porcelain trinkets, hats, and purses that line the streets around the great church of San Lorenzo. But there is another part of this market that many people miss, and a lot of visitors don't even know about. Just off Via Dell'Ariento, there is an industrial looking building which was built in the late 1800s, painted with a deep green and red, which houses the interior food section of the larger market event.This two-story covered market offers an unending variety of foods dried, fresh, bottled, pickled, preserved, and prepared. The first floor is home to the butchers, cheese-m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2009

Mercato Centrale
Inside the San Lorenzo central market (in Via dell'Ariento)
Florence, Italy