The ideal place for shopping and for discovering Italian gastronomic specialties
At the Mercato Centrale, also known as the San Lorenzo Market, you will find handicrafts, artifacts, and souvenirs in the many stalls that display their wares outside. The part indoors is dedicated to food. The cast iron and glass building, on two levels, was built when Florence was the capital of Italy, by Giuseppe Mengoni, the same architect who designed the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan.
On the first floor you will find a bit of everything: fruit, vegetables, meat, fish but also many local products of the highest quality. The second floor, recently renovated, is dedicated to Italian culinary specialties such as cheese and wine, with spaces dedicated to tasting. You will be able to browse the workshops of the various stands where the "artisans of taste" show how a product is made, for example artisanal ice cream, bread and buffalo mozzarella. Open every day, it is a must if you want to visit one of the oldest markets in the city.