Traditional food shops are open all day, selling everything from groceries to fresh produce. There is also a gourmet for court. Eat in or take out. And don't miss the outdoor San Lorenzo leather market.

Know Before You Go

Take a table in the covered market, enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and sample some of the many artisan delights on offer. If you enjoy authentic Italian food then you should visit here.
It gets busy as there are are food courts in which to eat and drink.
The stall owners are happy to let you try samples before you buy.
Great fun for children and adults.
Shop for leather at the outdoor San Lorenzo market, bargain hard once you decide you want to buy.

Market for the people of Florence

Mercato Centrale is a wonderful covered market in the San Lorenzo neighbourhood. Built in 1874, it was a originally determined as a project which would give back to the people one of the most important locations in the old centre of the city.

It houses traditional shops and stalls which comprise artisan foods, from bread and fresh fish to fruits, vegetables and cured meats and cheeses. All of the stalls are run by traders with a passion for their crafts.

Two Levels

Spread across two levels, the ground floor focuses on butchers of all types, fishmongers, fruit and vegetables; whereas the first floor is now a gourmet food court, with cheeses and wine from all over Italy, in addition to chocolate and gelato.

Cast Iron and Glass

The market is structured around a frame of cast iron with glass, similar in visual language to the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuelle II in Milano. Infact this market was designed by the same architect, Giuseppe Mengoni, when Florence was still capital of Italy. The architecture is very European, almost Parisian.

Key Highlights

Mercato Centrale Firenze is actually 2 markets, and both are worth a visit. The actual cast iron and glass building is for food, and the outdoor San Lorenzo market stalls mainly sell leather goods.

You can spend a few hours shopping and bargaining at San Lorenzo before tucking into authentic Tuscan cuisine at the indoor Mercato Centrale. It is also the place to purchase quality wholesome food from local traders at reasonable prices.

Read on for tips and some interesting history about the markets.

Map : Mercato Centrale

Other Florence Top 10 Attractions Near Mercato Centrale are marked in yellow

Distance of other top ten Attractions from Mercato Centrale
AttractionDistance
Duomo - Florence Cathedral0.4 Km
Accademia Gallery0.4 Km
Giotto's Bell Tower0.5 Km
Ponte Vecchio1 Km
Uffizi Gallery1 Km
Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence1.2 Km
Pitti Palace1.3 Km
Piazzale Michelangelo1.8 Km
Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte2.1 Km

These distances are approximate [As the crow flies]

Review and Feedback on Mercato Centrale:

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