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Best Markets in Florence

What are the best markets in Florence? In this article we highlight the best markets in Florence.
|-Best Markets in Florence

Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, is not only famous for its art, architecture, and history but also for its vibrant markets that offer a variety of goods from fresh produce to antiques and leather goods. For expats and digital nomads who have made Florence their temporary home, exploring these markets can be a delightful way to immerse themselves in local culture, find unique items, and enjoy the bustling atmosphere. Here are some of the best markets in Florence that are worth a visit.

Mercato Centrale

Location: Piazza del Mercato Centrale, Via dell’Ariento, Florence
Type of Market: Food Market
Open: Daily, 8 am – midnight (ground floor), 10 am – midnight (first floor)

The Mercato Centrale, or Central Market, is a two-story market located in the heart of Florence. The ground floor is a traditional food market with vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese, and other local products. The first floor, renovated into a modern food hall, offers a variety of eateries and artisanal shops. It’s a perfect place to savor Tuscan cuisine and shop for high-quality ingredients.

We Recommend: Try the fresh pasta or the local cheeses, which are a delight for the taste buds. Don’t miss out on the chance to taste some of the finest regional wines available at the market’s enotecas.

Sant’Ambrogio Market

Location: Piazza Ghiberti, Florence
Type of Market: Food and Flea Market
Open: Monday to Saturday, 7 am – 2 pm

Sant’Ambrogio Market is a less touristy alternative to the Mercato Centrale, offering a more authentic local experience. This market has a wide range of fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and bread, as well as a flea market section where you can find clothing, household items, and antiques. It’s a great place to mingle with locals and practice your Italian.

We Recommend: Sample some of the freshly made pasta or indulge in a slice of schiacciata, a typical Florentine flatbread, often filled with delicious toppings.

San Lorenzo Market

Location: Surrounding the Mercato Centrale
Type of Market: Leather and Souvenir Market
Open: Daily, 9 am – 7 pm

The San Lorenzo Market is an outdoor market that sprawls around the Mercato Centrale. It’s particularly famous for leather goods, offering everything from jackets to handbags and belts. In addition to leather, you’ll find a variety of souvenirs, clothing, and accessories. It’s an ideal spot for expats and digital nomads looking for gifts or a memorable keepsake from Florence.

We Recommend: A handcrafted leather journal or wallet makes for a practical and beautiful souvenir that embodies the artisan spirit of Florence.

Piazza Santo Spirito Market

Location: Piazza Santo Spirito, Florence
Type of Market: Farmers and Flea Market
Open: Second Sunday of the month, 9 am – 7 pm

Set in one of the most charming squares of Florence, the Piazza Santo Spirito Market is a monthly event that attracts both locals and expats. It features a mix of organic produce, handmade crafts, vintage clothing, and antiques. The bohemian atmosphere of the surrounding area, with its cafes and artisan workshops, adds to the market’s appeal.

We Recommend: Look for unique handmade jewelry or vintage accessories that can add a touch of Florentine elegance to your wardrobe.

Fierucola Market

Location: Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, Florence
Type of Market: Organic and Artisan Market
Open: Third weekend of the month, 9 am – 7 pm

The Fierucola Market is an organic and artisan market that takes place in one of the most picturesque squares of Florence. It’s a haven for those who appreciate organic food, sustainable goods, and traditional crafts. The market is also an opportunity to learn about local farming and artisanal practices.

We Recommend: Try the artisanal honey or homemade jams, which are perfect for pairing with local cheeses or as a sweet treat on their own.

Il Porcellino Market

Location: Piazza del Mercato Nuovo, Florence
Type of Market: Souvenir and Craft Market
Open: Daily, 9 am – 6:30 pm

Il Porcellino Market, named after the famous bronze boar fountain nearby, is a historic market known for its souvenirs, leather goods, and crafts. It’s a smaller market but rich in history and tradition, making it a delightful stop during your explorations of Florence.

We Recommend: Besides shopping for souvenirs, don’t forget to rub the nose of the Porcellino statue for good luck—a tradition cherished by visitors and locals alike.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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