Markets in Florence’s old historic centre
If, during your stay in Florence, you want to take a break from museums and get lost in the atmosphere of a typical Florentine day then mix with the locals and you will see the city from a different angle, visiting some of the cities markets, large and small. Strolling along you can stop at the stalls and choose from a different range of gifts than the usual souvenirs, or from a range of handcrafted Tuscan products which will be a delightful memento of your Tuscan holiday.

- Without leaving the old historic centre you can take a pleasant walk around the San Lorenzo Market. Browsing around the stalls under the Medici Chapels and the Church of San Lorenzo you will find bric-a-brac and typical handcrafts such as leather bags and jackets which are the prefect souvenir of your holiday, and at terrific prices!

- When you have shopped until you are ready to drop take a break at the Mercato Centrale. This central market is the best food market in Florence and is easily recognisable for its large windows and loggia. Meats, cheeses and all kinds of local specialities can be found on the ground floor while a colourful array of flowers, vegetables and fruit are on sale on the upper floor.

- If antiques are your thing you have to see the Ciompi Market, in the square of the same name. It is really worth wandering around the stalls in this flea market also for the genuine pleasure of stepping back in time into other eras among the dusty old books, ancient coins, furniture and objets d’art all of which have long and fascinating stories to tell. And, if you are lucky enough to be in Florence on the last Sunday of the month, then you can spend even more time walking around the market as the stalls spill over into the neighbouring streets.

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