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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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Small-Group Florence Food Walking TourCultural Tours

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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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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A delicious journey to discover the city’s must-see sights and famous cuisine, our 3-hour food tour will put you inside the heart and stomach of Florence.Join us as we stroll from the Signoria Square to the Central Market, meeting the city’s top producers, and savoring at least 10 Florentine specialties such as cappuccino, Chianti wine, local cheese & cured meats, gelato and more – all included in the price! In the convivial company of your friendly food expert, you’ll be left with an unforgettable experience, a happy stomach and a heightened knowledge of Italian cuisine.
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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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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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Learn about traditional dishes and taste some of the best local specialties while you see and learn facts about the city's highlights and neighborhoods. This 3-hours street food tour experience led by a local and expert guide will give you a great insight about Florence cuisine. Sample traditional dishes like fresh pasta, lampredotto, truffes and much more while you stroll the local food market and monuments such as Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Giotto's bell Tower and many more. This walking tour is a perfect introduction to the food, art and culture of 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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