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What are the main street markets in Florence?

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What are the main street markets in Florence?

The regional fairs are the best place to buy homemade souvenirs, shop or just stroll, contemplating the many stalls that usually occupy these spaces. Florence is the place where it is easy to find any type of regional fair, in fact there are all kinds: from those that are held every day, to those that are organized only on specific days. Let’s find out which are the main street market in Florence? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patriciayou make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

Introduction

You can find everything: from antiques, vintage pieces for collectors, organic products and, in the Florence markets, there is only the issue of what to choose, and there are always many people who regularly invade the squares and streets in the city. Collectors, gourmets, each have their own stall. Periodic events are the joy of the passionate and curious. From now on we will see the most beautiful, characteristic and important street markets in Florence to visit during a weekend in the cradle of the Renaissance. Read also What are the 10 must-see sights in Florence?

We immediately discover those that are considered the main Florentine street markets, crowded and imaginative, where booths and stalls can be found both indoors and outdoors. Here we will see from those in the historic center to those around the city, passing through the narrow streets and alleys typical of the magnificent city that are unmissable! Also read How to get to Florence from Rome?

1) What are the main street markets in Florence? MERCATO SAN LORENZO (SAN LORENZO MARKET)

We start with the Mercato San Lorenzo which is considered the most important. It stretches from Piazza San Lorenzo (San Lorenzo Square), on Via dell’Ariento, and surrounds the Church of St Lawrence, located in the historic center of Florence that runs from Via Nazionale almost to the Cathedral. Among the stalls in the Mercato San Lorenzo you can find hats, clothes, leather goods, jewelry, belts, wallets, many leather items, many products and gadgets for all tourists who wish to buy a souvenir of their visit to Florence. The market is open every day, except Sundays and Mondays. Read also: Shall we get to know Tuscan enogastronomy?


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2) What are the main street markets in Florence? MERCATO CENTRALE (CENTRAL MARKET)

Always in the San Lorenzo area, we find the Mercato Centrale, located between Via dell’Ariento, Via Sant’Antonino, Via Panicale and Piazza del Mercato Centrale. This sheltered market offers visitors a wide variety of groceries, such as vegetables, fruits, meat, bread and everything you need. There are also typical Tuscan cheeses and products, plants, flowers, spices, coffees and kiosks in addition to appetizers, snacks and food.

3) What are the main street markets in Florence? MERCATO SANTO SPIRITO (SANTO SPIRITO MARKET)

A must-see is the Mercato Santo Spirito, which is held on the second Sunday of the month, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, except in July and August. This is a market that stands out between crafts and tradition. Piazza Santo Spirito (“Holy Spirit Square”) is full of local and ethnic handicrafts for the Oltrarno Art Market and Workshops. This market represents an authentic vision of Florentine traditions and goes further.

4) What are the main street markets in Florence? FIERUCOLINA

Still at Piazza Santo Spirito, in Fierucole, on the third Sunday of the month, there is Fierucolina, an important fair where the protagonists are typical food products and wines from small local farmers. On sale there are also seeds and plants.

5) What are the main street markets in Florence? MERCATO DELLE PULCI (“FLEA MARKET”)

Interesting to visit is the Mercato delle Pulci, which takes place at Largo Pietro Annigoni, in the Santa Croce area, every day from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm and, like any respectable “flea market”, offers a wide variety of antiques, modern and Florentine crafts. Among the stalls, you can find furniture, coins, books, prints, cutlery, various articles and collector’s items. You can see and admire this market on the last Sunday of the month.

6) What are the main street markets in Florence? TEMPORARY VINTAGE MARKET

Then there is the Temporary Vintage Market, a Vintage Market organized extensively and in various locations. It usually takes place on the last Sunday of the month or in conjunction with festivities such as Christmas. In fact, it consists of a market with clothes, bags, hats, second-hand items and reusable items.

7) What are the main street markets in Florence? MERCATO DELLE CASCINE (CASCINE MARKET)

Every Tuesday morning the Mercato delle Cascine is held, perhaps the market where you can find the cheapest goods. Among the countless stands that spread across Via Lincoln, you can find any type of products such as fruits, vegetables, clothing, leather goods, groceries, flowers, appliances, household items, antiques and crafts (in some cases, items of great value ), phone cards, shoes, and more.

We recommend a visit to this market because it is very large and very varied, especially if you are in this area during the spring-summer period, you can take a walk around the park which is considered the largest and is certainly among the best in Florence.

8) What are the main street markets in Florence? MERCATO NUOVO OR MERCATO DELLA PAGLIA (“NEW MARKET” OR “MARKET OF THE STRAW”)

Finally, visit the Mercato Nuovo or Mercato della Paglia, a market mainly oriented to tourists where you can find handicrafts such as bags, belts and leather accessories, silk items such as dresses and bandanas, hats and much more.

Loggia del Porcellino

This market is still in the Loggia del Porcellino, built in the mid-16th century by Tasso, where it was used, at the time, as a market. The Loggia del Porcellino bears this name because on one side of the structure is located the Porcellino, a bronze boar with a fountain. Tradition says that touching his nose brings luck, so around this bronze statue, hundreds of tourists stop every day to put a coin in the mouth of the statue after rubbing his nose. When the coin falls into the water network, it is said to be a good sign.

9) What are the main street markets in Florence? ADVENT

In all of these markets, especially during the Advent time, you have to add the many Christmas markets that make the whole trip truly magical for those who choose to visit Florence right now, because they enliven all Christmas holidays. It is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the colorful world of handicraft creations, in search of gift ideas or just to browse the various stands stuck in the characteristic atmosphere of the festivities that is created in Florence. A magical world full of lights, colors, aromas that remind us of ancient traditions.

Where to eat in Florence?

Here are my tips for eating well in Florence.

Restaurants near the Cathedral:

Restaurant near Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge):

Restaurant next to Santa Maria Novella Train Station:

Restaurant near Basilica Santa Croce, in Piazza della Signoria:

Restaurant near Florence Central Market:

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Hotels I recommend in the Historic Center

In the Historic Center (Old Town), is really easy to admire all the main attractions of the city very easily. The old town of Florence corresponds to the oldest and most beautiful part of the city. If you want to stay in the real heart of Florence, choose hotels in the central areas of Piazza Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio, Cathedral, Gallery of Offices, etc.

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Hotels that I recommend in Oltrarno

Always staying very close to the Historic Center, you can also stay in Oltrarno, close to the most characteristic craft shops in the whole city and much more. The area is perfect for those who want quiet accommodation and for those who want to breathe the real Florentine atmosphere. At the same time, you will be close to the center of Florence, a short walk from the main monuments, squares, churches, restaurants, shops and museums.

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Hotels that I recommend in Santa Maria Novella

Another interesting neighborhood to stay is Santa Maria Novella. This is a particularly exclusive area because of the proximity to the station (great if you want to do a lot of tours leaving from Florence) and the famous Church of Santa Maria Novella, a very important reference in Florence.

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Hotels that I recommend in Santa Croce

Another neighborhood where you can stay is Santa Croce, where the homonymous church is located. This area, located in the southeastern part of the historic center, is close to the most interesting monuments and has its fulcrum in the church of Santa Croce. Among the scenic palaces in this district, there are many hotels that can accommodate you for a wonderful weekend in Florence.

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Hotels that I recommend in Campo di Marte

Another economic possibility, where you can stay in Florence, is Campo di Marte; in this area there are several well-equipped and affordable hotels. It is a quiet and charming residential area in Florence, well connected to the historic city center by public transport. Campo di Marte has its own train station where several regional and high-speed trains stop, with which you can easily reach other Tuscan cities and major cities in Italy. It is a great choice if you have rented a car too.

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Hotels I recommend outside the Historic Center

And so, if you decide to breathe a less touristic air, a good choice could be to stay in Florence right outside the historic center, where hotel prices are cheaper and the most convenient solution if you come by car. Another possibility is to stay away, in some nearby town, and experience the silence of the wonderful Tuscan landscape, but in this case it is necessary to have a car.

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Conclusion

What are the main street markets in Florence? These are the main markets in Florence, although when walking through the historic streets of the city of lily, it is not uncommon to find book stalls, collector’s items and other beautiful items on display. And if you feel insecure or have no time, and need help to organize your trip, do not hesitate to look for me! I will love to help you make your dream trip to Italy. And how can I do that? Continue reading this post until the end and you will understand how can we make your life and journey easier.

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