The “Mercatale” and the markets of Florence

Posted on Oct 10, 2014

The “Mercatale” and the markets of Florence

Getting lost in the streets in Florence is a wonderful experience, it allows you to admire breath-taking views and to breathe the same air that has inspired great personalities and artists of the past.

By strolling around the city centre, you could stumble upon Dante’s house, where the world renowned poet Dante Alighieri lived in the heart of Florence, between the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio.
Even though for the residents it is nothing new, visiting Dante’s house is a suggestive experience: the museum retraces Dante’s life and you could learn many details of his family, his exile and all the events happening in Florence at that time through Florentine history learning activities.

If you are walking around piazza Santa Maria Novella on November 8th and 9th (8.30am to 7.30 pm), you could chance upon the traditional “Mercatale”, where 70 local farms and 9 handicraft firms will show you a whole variety of typical products. There you could taste and buy different types of local olive oil, wine, truffle, cheese, cakes and much much more.

The markets in Florence are all different and unique, you could have a look at the famous Nuovo Mercato Centrale di San Lorenzo,or you can walk around the Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio.
This local farmers market gives you the chance to taste typical Tuscan food. This small-sized indoor market, which is situated in piazza Ghiberti, has been designed by Giuseppe Mengoni, the architect of the Nuovo Mercato Centrale di San Lorenzo. The district where the Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio is located has not gone through any big urban reorganisation. At the time of its construction, the district was surrounded by fields. It has managed to preserve its traditional features, but at the same time it is also open to new trends.

Another market that you could not miss is the famous Mercato del Porcellino. It is situated under a XVI-century loggia, decorated with XIX-century sculptures representing great Florentine personalities. There you can buy souvenir and leather goods.

Last but not least, you could have a walk around the Mercatino delle Pulci (the flea market, which is located in piazza de’ Ciompi, near the lovely Loggia del Pesce, historical building designed by the architect Giorgio Vasari in the XVI century).

In everybody’s mind Florence is a world-renowned capital of culture and art, and it is thrilling thinking that you can stroll around the same streets and squares where many great personalities walked around in the past.