Markets in Florence

Markets in Florence, Italy

Mercato CentraleMercato Centrale - For great picnic pickings—not to mention photo ops—head to Florence's 19th-century covered food market, snuggled behind the outdoor stalls of the San Lorenzo leather market. It looks a bit like a old grandiose train station inside, all dingy glass and steel struts, but actually was purpose-designed to be a market in 1870–74 by the same guy who did Milan's famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: Giuseppe Mengoni... entrances on Via dell'Ariento and Piazza del Mercato Centrale. Open Mon–Fri 7am–2pm, Sat 7am–2pm, 4–7:30pm. » more
Mercato NuovoMercato Nuovo - Florence's old covered "Straw Market" (a.k.a. Mercato del Porcellino) actually dates back to the 11th century, but has been called the "New Market" since 1551, when it became shaded by a lovely Renaissance loggia. It still has a stall or two selling straw hats and bags, but mostly it's tourist souvenirs now... Via Calimala/Via Por Santa Maria at Via Porta Rossa. Closed Sun–Mon in winter. » more

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General market tips

Bring your camera.

Watch for pickpockets.

Don't be afraid to bargain

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