Scoping Out the Markets in Florence, Italy

Any Florence travel plan should include trips to the myriad of local markets; there is one for every taste and pocketbook. Arrive early to have first and best choice at your favorite Florence market!

San Lorenzo Market Tuesday through Saturday
From Piazza S. Lorenzo to Via dell’Ariento, all around the Basilica of San Lorenzo (in the very historical center of the city) you can find probably the most important market of the city.

Mercado Centrale Monday through Saturday 7am to 2 pm (in winter only on Saturdays and days before holidays)
The best food market of the city is inside the San Lorenzo central market.
Via dell’Ariento

Sant’ Ambrogio Fresh fruits and vegetables, clothes, flowers, shoes, fresh meat or fish, pasta, and cheeses.Monday through Saturday 7am to 2 pm
Piazza Ghiberti and Piazza Sant’Ambrogio

Mercado delle Casine Tuesday 7am to 2 pm
Tthis is the biggest and cheapest market in town!
Parco delle Cascine

Mercado delle Pulci Daily 9am to 7:30 pm
The most famous FLEA MARKET of Florence
Piazza dei Ciompi

Fruit and Vegetables Main Market Tuesday to Thursday from 10 to 11am; Saturday from 9 to 10 am.
Viale Guidoni

Le Cure market (food) Monday through Saturday 9 am to 2 pm except public holidays, Piazza delle Cure

Santo Spirito market (food) Monday through Saturday 9 am to 2 pm, all day on the second Sunday of every month
Piazza Santo Spirito

Mercato del Porcellino (food) Daily 8am to 7pm, except Sundays and Monday mornings, Piazza del Mercato Nuovo

Straw Market Daily from 9am to 6:30 pm, except Sunday and public holidays. Articles in Florentine straw, hand embroidery, leather goods, objects in wood, flowers
Piazza del Mercato Nuovo

Oltrarno Flea Market
Second Sunday of the month, from 9am to 7 pm
Piazza S. Spirito

Rare books Thursday to Saturday, from 10am to 6pm.
Loggia del Grano

Flower market Thursdays, 10am to 7 pm
under the portico in Piazza della Repubblica (via Pellicceria)

If you’re in town, stop by any of these Florence markets and don’t miss out on a piece of unique Italian culture.

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Written by Terri Fogarty for EuropeUpClose.com

Comments

  1. says

    Hi Muriel,

    The straw market is located at the Corner of Via Porta Rossa and Via Por Santa Maria in Florence. Florentines call this market Il Porcellino (Little Pig) because there is a wild boar fountain located at the market’s south side. Tourists rub the pig’s snout and throw a coin in the fountain to insure a return trip to Florence.

    Terri

  2. carmela says

    Do you still remember the stores in Mercato Centrale ? Can you identify so we could have at least some idea/s ? thanks..

  3. says

    The mercado centrale is a huge , two-story food market. It is one large covered space with lots of little stalls. It is surrounded on the outside by souvenir stalls.

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