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FLORENCE SHOPPING GUIDE:
These Florence shopping tips for Florence Markets, Leather, Crafts and Food (by Jenifer
Howard Forneris and Cristina Jacomelli) are a wonderful start to discover the city of Florence
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Traditional Florentine Markets
Mercato di San LorenzoType:
From leather crafts to clothing and accessories
Piazza San Lorenzo, Via dell'Ariento and nearby streets
Between November and March, it opens from 9:00am to 8:00pm; between March and
November, it opens until 7:30pm and closes Mondays.
Fresh food and produce market: from meats, cheeses, fish, to all kinds of vegetables
and other suchlike.
It is inside the Mercato di San Lorenzo, in Piazza del Mercato Centrale - Via
It is located in a beautiful art nouveau structure and is worth the visit. From
mid-September to mid-June, it opens from 7:00am to 2:00pm, from Monday to Friday,
and until 5:00pm on Saturday, from mid-June to mid-September, it closes Sundays.
Mercato del Porcellino (also called Nuovo or della Paglia)Type:
Crafts and others such as accessories
Loggiato del Porcellino, Via Porta Rossa and Via Calimala.
It used to sell many straw items ("paglia"). From November to March, it opens from
9:00am to 7:30pm and closes on Mondays; from March to November, open until 8:00pm.
Mercato di Sant'Ambrogio
Fresh produce, clothing and items for the house (outside the building)
It is located inside and outside an XVIII century building. It opens from 7:00am
to 2:00pm and closes Sundays.
Mercato delle Pulci
Various articles from crafts to antiquities
Piazza dei Ciompi.
Here you should have some time to find what you like most, looking through many
curious, interesting and also common items. From November to March, it opens from 9:00am
to 7:30pm and closes Mondays; from March to November it stays open until 8:00pm.
Mercato delle Piante e dei FioriType:
Plants and flowers
Loggiato di Via Pellicceria.
From December to February, it opens Thursdays from 7:00am to 8:30pm; in March,
April, September and November, it opens from 6:30am to 8:00pm, and in May and
August, it opens from 6:00am to 7:30pm.
Mercatone delle Cascine
"bancarelle" (stalls and booths) selling almost everything.
It only opens only Tuesdays: in Winter, from 8:00am to 2:00pm and in Summer, from
Arti e Mestieri d'OltrarnoType:
Italian and ethnic craftsmanship
Piazza Santo Spirito and Borgo Tegolaio.
It opens the second Sunday of every month, except July and August, from 9:00am
"bancarelle" selling almost everything
They are located in each district of Florence
From Monday to Saturday, from 7:00am to 2:00pm.
Market of Free Artisans and Craftsmen (of Piazza dei Ciompi)
Arts and crafts
Garden of Piazza dei Ciompi.
From Monday to Saturday, standard time; it closes July.
Garden of the Fortezza da Basso.
It opens every third week-end of the month.
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