A visit to San Lorenzo Central Market is a must for those who choose to visit the city of Florence. Built in 1874, under the guidance of architect Giuseppe Mengoni, this site reunites the spirit of the whole city of Florence. It is a short walk from the Duomo and Santa Maria Novella Station and the building is made of glass and cast iron and has large balconies and arches, that make it a majestic and imposing figure. For its creation, the architect was inspired by wrought iron market Les Halles in Paris.
The market actually consists of two parts: inside the building we find the covered market, properly named as “Central Market”. On the street level, classic stalls, specializing in the sale of trinkets, antiques and clothing, abound on the ground floor. These are found here and there around the building, including small hallways and corners, creating a magical atmosphere. It is the perfect place to buy souvenirs.
The Central Market is located inside, spread over two large floors upstairs, entirely dedicated to food. You can through various food stands, buying local products, from cheese to fresh pasta, from meat to fish, to name a few. This is a popular destination not only for tourists but also for locals who use it for grocery shopping. Here you can truly enjoy the feeling of everyday life in Florence.
The entrance door is found on Ariento Street. The market is open from Monday to Friday, from 7 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon. Saturdays it is open from 7 am to 5 pm except in the summer.
What to do in Florence: the second Floor of Centrale Market
The second floor was recently renovated and was only opened in 2014. It covers about 3000 square meters where you can visit the stalls of small shops and stop for lunch. Indeed, there are 500 seats where you can taste Tuscan and national delicacies. Here you can stroll around day from 10 am until midnight. It is a real nerve center that gathers tourists interested in discovering Italian cuisine. In fact, this floor is dedicated to national crafts. A veritable museum of live food! You can then taste the buffalo mozzarella cheese with a glass of Chianti.
The Central Market of Florence is definitely an essential destination for any good traveler. Here you can breathe deeply the scent of traditional and genuine food: you can chat with the merchants who are able to keep the traditions of the past alive and discover the secrets of their products. This place is a splendid combination of color, joy, fun!
It would be a shame not to include it in your itinerary!