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Florence Central Market (Mercato Centrale) Tours

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Florence Central Market (Mercato Centrale)
The renovated Central Market (Mercato Centrale) is a trendy gastronomic mecca in the heart of Florence. On the ground floor, you’ll find 19th-century architecture and traditional food stalls; upstairs, there’s an urban food court featuring more than a dozen stands and shops, as well as a cooking school.

The Basics
Florence’s Central Market, the largest of its kind in the city, has been located in its soaring cast-iron-and-glass pavilion for more than a century. The ground-floor indoor market is crowded with stalls selling gourmet specialties from Tuscany and beyond, including fresh fruit and vegetables, buffalo mozzarella, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and Chianti wine. The second floor has been reworked into a chic food court offering freshly prepared Florentine classics served street-food style—everything from fresh pasta with truffles to hamburgers made with heirloom beef.

A stroll through the market is a highlight of any food walking tour in Florence. Some tours include stops to snack along the way, as well as cooking lessons in the school upstairs.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Lovers of Italian food will particularly enjoy touring the market—it’s the perfect place to try Florentine classics like ribollita, lampredotto, and bistecca alla fiorentina.
  • The upstairs area has an excellent wine shop that can ship anywhere in the world, a bookstore, and a workshop that hosts wine tastings and cooking demonstrations.
  • The downstairs stalls are a great place to snag ingredients, either for an impromptu picnic or for souvenirs. 
  • There are ramps and an elevator to access both the upper and lower floors of the market.

How to Get There
The market is located in Piazza del Mercato Centrale in the San Lorenzo district, a short walk from the Florence train station.

When to Get There
The ground-floor stalls are open each morning Monday to Saturday, while the upper-floor food court is open daily from 10am to midnight, making it convenient for snacks or meals. Upstairs can get very crowded at mealtimes (1 to 3pm and 7 to 9pm), so it's best to wander through and sample the Tuscan goods at off-hours.

Visiting Another Florentine Market
Just outside the Central Market, the San Lorenzo Market (Mercato di San Lorenzo) is known as the best place in the city to find inexpensive leather goods.
Address: Piazza del Mercato Centrale, Firenze, Italy
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Wanna Be Italiano - The original Cooking Class & Market Tour in Florence

Wanna Be Italiano - The original Cooking Class & Market Tour in Florence

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Try your hand at Florentine cuisine on this cooking class. Journey first to the city’s Central Market alongside expert chefs to select local ingredients for your lunch. Then head to the cooking school to learn how to make Tuscan favorites such as bruschetta, homemade pasta, and dessert. Afterward, sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor, complemented by Chianti wine.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Small-Group Florence Food Walking Tour

Small-Group Florence Food Walking Tour

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Indulge in a true taste of Florence on this food and walking tour. Led by a foodie guide, travel through the streets of the Renaissance city and stop at the top local haunts. Check out the fresh produce at the San Lorenzo Market, try the bold flavors of an Italian coffee, and peruse a Florentine delicatessen. You’ll sample plenty of specialties along the way, including cheeses, breads, olive oils, gelato, and Italian wine. Numbers are limited to 12 people to ensure an intimate experience.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$85.18
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Cooking Lesson: From The Market To The Table in Florence

Cooking Lesson: From The Market To The Table in Florence

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Learn to prepare a full Italian meal from scratch during a small-group cooking class in Florence. Your instructor is a professional chef who takes you first on a shopping excursion to the Central Market, then leads you through the steps of preparing the multicourse meal. Includes lunch with wine, and recipes to take home.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$96.13
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Florence Food Tour: Home-Made Pasta, Truffle, Cantucci, Olive Oil, Gelato

Florence Food Tour: Home-Made Pasta, Truffle, Cantucci, Olive Oil, Gelato

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Explore Florence cuisine with a local foodie on a 2.5-hour culinary tour of the city that includes tastings at markets, shops, and cafés along the way. Sample Florence foods that range from fresh pasta and truffles to gelato and pastries. This 3-hour tour is limited to 15 people for individual service from the guide, and in between treats, you’ll walk by some of the city’s most beloved landmarks and local neighborhoods.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$51.11
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Livorno Port Shore Excursion: Florence and Pisa Wine Tasting Included

Livorno Port Shore Excursion: Florence and Pisa Wine Tasting Included

Enjoy this unforgettable Shore Excursion and make memories of the landmarks: • Pisa: - Leaning Tower - Piazza dei Miracoli • Florence: - Piazzale Michelangelo - Ponte Vecchio - Piazza della Signoria - Basilica of Santa Croce - Accademia Gallery with Skip-The-Line tickets (in Private tour options) - Piazza del Mercato Centrale - Giotto BellTower - Duomo Free time for lunch where the driver can suggest a nice restaurant or pizzeria within your desired budget. Included: • Wine Tasting in the Tuscany countryside in Private tour option. Upgradable with licensed local tour guide in Florence. Private or Shared Tour available options. Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Livorno Cruise Port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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  • 9 hours
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Florence Sightseeing Tour for Kids & Families with Gelato Tasting

Florence Sightseeing Tour for Kids & Families with Gelato Tasting

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Dig into the history of the Tuscan capital in a way the whole family will enjoy with this 2.5-hour walking tour of Florence for families. Join a kid-friendly guide as you explore Santa Croce, the San Lorenzo Market, the Porcellino, Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo, Piazza della Repubblica, Ponte Vecchio, and more. Keep kids engaged with interactive games and activities.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Market Visit and Cookery Class in Central Florence

Small-Group Market Visit and Cookery Class in Central Florence

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Create a personalized Tuscan menu during a market visit and cookery course in central Florence, a must-do activity for lovers of Italian cuisine. In a small group limited to 12, you’ll tour Sant’Ambrogio Daily Market and choose organic meat, vegetables, and cheese to cook during your class. Select seasonal produce and create traditional Tuscan dishes, such as pasta, biscotti, bruschetta, and rich meat stews, depending on your preference and dietary requirements. Receive recipes cards by email and feast on the fruits of your labors with wine at the end of the class.
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  • 5 hours
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Highlights of Florence Kids & Families Small Group Tour with Gelato

Highlights of Florence Kids & Families Small Group Tour with Gelato

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See Florence in family-friendly style during this half-day, guided tour that’s designed with kids in mind. Play games, tackle trivia questions and hear stories about the city’s sights. Visit San Lorenzo Market, Piazza della Repubblica, Ponte Vecchi and more and enjoy a little free time to indulge in locally made gelato and other treats.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Florence Street Food Tour including Central Market

Florence Street Food Tour including Central Market

Enjoy our small group tour led by a professional and local guide. Walk through history and art in Florence. You will visit the Central Market and you will try home-made pasta, schiacciata with balsamic vinegar, cantuccini, truffle. Then our expert guide will show you some of the beauty of Florence such as the Cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower (outside) then while you are surrounded by history and while our guide will tell you anecdotes and traditons you will continue eating: pappa al pomodoro and the most traditional dessert: coccoli and the famous italian gelato. Please note that drinks are not included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Walk in Florence Historic Center

Walk in Florence Historic Center

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Join us on this walk through Florence's historic center. Cradle of the Cultural Renaissance, we will go through the main sights of the city. I will tell you about the famous painters and architects who left their mark on the Palaces and Churches, such as Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci. On the way I will also tell you gossip, legends and "stories" of a family that for centuries was the most important in Europe: The Medicis. Our tour ends with a wonderful view of the Arno River from Ponte Vecchio.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Florence by night with aperitivo

Florence by night with aperitivo

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See a different side to Florence on an evening tour that provides a great introduction to the Tuscan city for first-time visitors. Perfect for solo travelers and groups looking discover Florence’s nightlife, this tour includes an Italian buffet and drinks at one of the city’s liveliest bars, a place favoured by locals rather than tourists.
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  • 3 hours
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Florence Cooking Course and Local Market Visit

Florence Cooking Course and Local Market Visit

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Try your hand at Italian fare during this cooking course and market tour in Florence. Begin with a walking tour through the San Lorenzo Market, choosing fresh ingredients for your dishes. Then head back to the kitchen and learn how to prepare a 4-course Tuscan meal under the guidance of a chef. Sit to feast on your creations and take recipes home at the end of your class. The lesson is divided into two groups, with a maximum of 15 people per chef for a more personal experience.
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  • 5 hours
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$91.26
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Livorno Port Shore Excursion: Florence and Pisa Wine Tasting Included

Livorno Port Shore Excursion: Florence and Pisa Wine Tasting Included

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When your cruise calls at Livorno, set off to explore Florence and Pisa on this private 9-hour shore excursion. With a personal chauffeur, travel to Pisa to admire the Leaning Tower and continue to Florence to see its Renaissance treasures independently. Perhaps choose to visit the Accademia Gallery (own expense) to see Michelangelo’s ‘David,’ and take in the likes of the Cathedral, Ponte Vecchio, and more. Upgrade to include a 3-hour guided tour in Florence.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$273.78
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Florence Hidden Sights Private Tour from Livorno

Florence Hidden Sights Private Tour from Livorno

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Spend the day exploring Florence—and opt to see sides of the city that many visitors miss—on this full-day, private shore excursion from Livorno. Meet your guide directly at the port, and hop into your air-conditioned minivan. You’ll drive through the scenic Chianti region en route to Florence. Upon arrival, discover the city’s most in-demand landmarks (including the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and Piazzale Michelangelo). You can also upgrade to add on an extensive, multi-hour walking tour of the city and its lesser-known attractions.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$930.81
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San Lorenzo Market Food and Wine Tour in Florence

San Lorenzo Market Food and Wine Tour in Florence

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Dig into the delicious culinary history of the Tuscan capital with this 4-hour food and wine tour of Florence. Join a knowledgeable local guide for visits to 7 places to eat or drink in the historic center – trattorias, restaurants, pastry shops, gelaterias, wineries and more. Check out the food vendors in the bustling San Lorenzo Market. Take this tour on your first day in Florence so you can eat better for the rest of your stay. Come hungry!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.30
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$108.30
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Private Florence Sunset Walking Tour

Private Florence Sunset Walking Tour

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Soak up the evening light in Florence during a private sunset walking tour with a knowledgeable guide. With its Renaissance treasures and beautiful architecture, Florence is always lovely but takes on an even more romantic glow as the sun goes down and famous attractions like Florence Cathedral, the Baptistery and Ponte Vecchio become illuminated.
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  • 2 hours
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Food Tasting Tour in Florence

Food Tasting Tour in Florence

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Delve into the Florentine culinary culture with this 2-hour food-focused tour. Learn about the history of Italian food and drink through insightful commentary and visits to several landmark bakeries and restaurants, including Florence's oldest bakery and the San Lorenzo Market. All food and drink tastings at five different locations are included.
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  • 2 hours
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$108.32
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Small-Group Walking Food Tour of Florence Market with Tuscan Tastings

Small-Group Walking Food Tour of Florence Market with Tuscan Tastings

Taste your way through Florence on this mouthwatering food tour showcasing the city's best bites. See where locals shop and sample traditional delicacies at the historic central market. Group size is limited to ten people for a more personalized experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.85
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Tasty Florence Street Food Tour with Guided Sightseeing of the City Center

Tasty Florence Street Food Tour with Guided Sightseeing of the City Center

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Taste your way around Florence’s postcard-perfect historic center, the perfect culinary journey for first-timers and veterans alike. Stroll through local food markets and sample traditional dishes like pasta, lampredotto, gelato, and more. You’ll also listen to insider cultural background as you cover the city’s main landmarks along the way, from Santa Croce to Palazzo Vecchio.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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TASTE FLORENCE AS A LOCAL: Markets, street food and deli shops

TASTE FLORENCE AS A LOCAL: Markets, street food and deli shops

Discover delicious Tuscan foods in Florence on a half-day food tour led by a food-loving guide. Visit places that locals love including the Sant'Ambrogio market, Piazza della Signoria, and Piazza del Mercato Centrale to taste delicatessen meats, cheeses, Tuscan breads, sweet treats, and wines, with enough food tastings to make up a lunch. Top off your food tour with an authentic gelato, which was invented during the Renaissance.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.30
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$108.30

Private 3-Hour Food Tour of Florence

Private 3-Hour Food Tour of Florence

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Taste your way through Florence's local cuisine during this 3-hour small-group food tour. Follow your culinary expert guide to local food purveyors in the streets and alleys of Florence, listening to stories and interesting facts about the city as you stroll. Start your day with an authentic Italian espresso, then stop Central Market of San Lorenzo to walk among the stalls of fresh produce. Taste some local Chianti, Ribollita (Tuscan soup) and fluffy pastries at a Florentine bakery. Finish your tour with a classic gelato. All tastings are included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Food tour of Florence for truffle lovers - LAST MINUTE

Food tour of Florence for truffle lovers - LAST MINUTE

Indulge in the culinary world of truffles during this half-day, guided, Tuscan food tour and tasting that includes wine. Designed with food-lovers in mind, this tour explores regional gastronomy and takes you to a local food market where herbs, pasta, spices, and truffles await. Enjoy a tasting of truffle-topped dishes and sample balsamic vinegar aged 20-years and a glass of wine.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$301.16
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Florence Street Food Walking Tour with Guided Sightseeing of Must-See Sites

Florence Street Food Walking Tour with Guided Sightseeing of Must-See Sites

Come hungry to this 3-hour walking tour of Florence that showcases the city’s rich history and cuisine. In between tours of the Duomo Cathedral and San Lorenzo Basilica, sample authentic street food and taste fresh products at Mercato Centrale. Going with a guide means you won’t be overwhelmed by choice in the bustling streets and market—and that you learn facts and anecdotes often missed by visitors along the way.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.09
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Florence for beginners - best walking tour

Florence for beginners - best walking tour

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Get the perfect introduction to Florence with this small-group walking tour around the historical streets and piazzas. Aimed at Florence beginners (aka first-time visitors) to the city, the tour showcases the must-see sights such as the Ponte Vecchio, Mercato Centrale, Piazza della Repubblica, and more. Enjoy guided commentary about Florence, and make the most of greater interaction with your guide in a small group of just eight people.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$91.26
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