Central Market of Florence
Venture on down to the Piazza del Mercato Centrale, Via dell’Ariento, there’s a market for you to see. A market, which is split into two – half indoors, and half outdoors – and dates all the way back to 1874; with restaurants, clothing stalls, and souvenir shops. Enough for you to easily set aside a full morning and open 7 days a week.
The indoor area of the San Lorenzo market is to be found inside a building designed by the same designer who designed the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II. A glass ceiling and large arches on both sides sets a grandiose mood for the bartering that goes on within.
The outdoor area includes many practical items. Notebooks, clothes, and many things made out of leather. The prices for all of these things varies widely, so do your best to barter for the best deal. The stall owners may take you for a fool if you are speaking English and seem to be a tourist, but if you know what you are doing and have been in any kind of negotiation before there is nothing to worry about. You be taking home lots of cheap gifts back to your loved ones in no time!
Inside you will find food. Meat, fish, fruit, veg and anything you can think of relating to Italian food. One highlight might be the chance for you to discover all of the severed remains of a cow that you can think of, ready for your consumption: including its brains and tongue. For those who are squeamish, the Italian delicacies such as olive oil and truffle honey are the best that you can find to keep yourself occupied.
Find the stairs and you will be lead to the new-and-improved gourmet food court which is open 7 days a week, from 10am to 12am. Here things are a little more expensive, but it is a very convenient place to get straight to the quality food and drink that you are looking for. Gelato, pizza and pasta. The three golden items are available here in vast quantities. Including also a coffee bar and a quirky bookstore.
Most people spend a length of 3 hours in this central market, including all three of its different areas. The quality of its products is known to be fantastic, varying from value-for-money to things that are top-quality. The atmosphere is deeply enhanced by the building, and the vastness of architecture of the indoor area.
For more information in English, head on down to the central market’s website: http://www.mercatocentrale.it/en/
We hope to see you there some time soon.