San Lorenzo Market (Mercato di San Lorenzo) Tours

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Florence’s central San Lorenzo Market includes two separate markets. One is the Central Market (Mercato Centrale), an indoor food market with a trendy upstairs gourmet food market and stalls selling everything from seasonal produce to Chianti wine and Tuscany's famed olive oil on the ground floor. The other is an outdoor souvenir market that has as many trinkets and affordable souvenirs as leather goods and other Florentine crafts for which the region is known. 

The Basics
While travelers can visit independently, many Florence cooking courses and food tours also begin with a walk through the Central Market so visitors can learn about Italian food markets and select ingredients to use during the lesson. A stroll through the outdoor San Lorenzo Market is always fun, and exploring the market with a small-group walking tour of Florence can help you get to know it like a local. Many sightseeing tours include the market along with some of the most famous sights in the city such as the Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore), Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, and the Uffizi Gallery.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • At the Central Market’s upstairs food court, excellent local cuisine is served nonstop from late morning to midnight.
  • Many of the stalls in the street market are operated by nearby shops, so if you're looking for a different size or style, you may be led from the stall to the shop.
  • Bring your haggling skills to the souvenir market, known for its hard bargaining and upselling.
  • As in any public place, be aware of yourself and surroundings while in the outdoor market, as pickpocketing can happen.

How to Get to There
The San Lorenzo Market and Mercato Centrale are located in Florence's city center, just a short walk from the Santa Maria Novella train station.

When to Get There
Both markets are open year-round, but the outdoor market shuts down in inclement weather. Spring and fall are the best seasons to explore the food market, and summer is best to wander through the souvenir market.

Tuscan Wine at the San Lorenzo Market
If you've discovered a label you particularly like during a wine tour or wine tasting in Florence, stop in the Central Market and visit the well-stocked wine shop upstairs.
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Florence Sightseeing Tour for Kids and Families with Local Guide

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.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Florence Cooking Course and Local Market Visit

Try your hand at Italian fare with this 5-hour 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 will be divided into two groups, with a maximum of 16 people per chef for a more personal experience.
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Pasta Lover's Kitchen - Learn to Make Fresh Pasta from a Food & Wine Journalist

Learn to cook Tuscan specialties with a cookbook author and food journalist during this half-day class. Start the culinary experience with a market visit at Sant’Ambrogio to pick up fresh produce. During the hands-on class, hear tips and tricks for making handmade pasta. After preparing three courses, enjoy a leisurely lunch including wine.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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San Lorenzo Market Food and Wine Tour in Florence

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!
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Florence for Foodies

Taste your way through Florence on a walking food tour led by a private gourmet guide. Visit the city’s best markets, delis, gelaterias and cafés to sample traditional Tuscan products like extra virgin olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar, wine, truffles and ice cream. With all tastings included, it’s a delicious way to explore the city and learn to eat like a local. Price is per group, based on a maximum of six people.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Florence Street Food and Sightseeing Tour with a Local Guide

Explore Florence cuisine with a local foodie on a 3-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, pastries, and pizza. 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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Small-Group Florence Food and Walking Tour Experience

Experience the best of Tuscan cuisine on a three and-a-half hour tour of Florence. Enjoy local meats and cheeses, with a glass of Chianti. The comprehensive tour continues with other dishes, such as ribollitaone (traditional soup), and coccoli (fried dough), and cantucci e vin santo (biscuits and sweet wine). Leave with a full stomach and a myriad of suggestions for places to eat for the rest of your tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Florence Gourmet Tour: Art and Food

Walk through Florence’s most beautiful and delectable quarters on this 3-hour food and culture tour. Stroll past stacks of fresh produce and Italian gourmet products at the San Lorenzo market, stopping to sample local specialties like sweet almond cookies, Chianti wine, salami, and Pecorino cheese. Then head to some of the city’s most prized Renaissance treasures, including Piazza della Signoria and the Duomo, and finish with tastings of traditional Florentine peasant food.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Florence Sunset Walking Tour

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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Tour: Electric Bike Experience of Florence

Explore the Renaissance charm of Florence the easy and eco-friendly way on a private, 2-hour electric bike tour. Cruise through winding medieval streets and squares on a battery-boosted e-bike, passing by highlights like the Santa Croce Church, Piazza Duomo, the San Lorenzo Market and the banks of the River Arno. Effortlessly scale the hills around the city to take in spectacular panoramic views from romantic Piazzale Michelangelo, and enjoy the flexibility to stop often for photos.
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Florence: 2-Hour Gourmet Cakes Cooking Class with a Local Chef

Amateur bakers and dessert fans alike are guaranteed to enjoy a 2-hour gourmet cake class in Florence. Set in the home of a local chef, you enjoy a hands-on cooking experience in a relaxed atmosphere. Choose from a long list of desserts, such tiramisu, apple pie, or grandmother’s cake, then learn the insider tricks to prepare the Tuscan dessert. Afterwards, enjoy your sweet creation with a complimentary cup of Italian coffee or tea.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Personal Vacation and Travel Photographer Tour in Florence

No more selfies or pestering strangers for photos of yourself and loved ones, enjoy the services of a professional vacation photographer in Florence to capture your travels in a contemporary and candid style. Specialising in delivering quality photography with photographers all over the world, we guarantee you amazing photos to remember your travels. All images shown were taken by our photographers.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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FLORENCE GOURMET SMALL GROUP TOUR: ART & FOOD WITH PISA IN THE AFTERNOON 1 DAY FROM ROME

Take this one day tour by high speed train form  Rome and discover Florence from a different point of view! Learn more about the cullinary tradition of this beautiful city while you admire the most amazing squares and monuments!Visit the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa in the afternoon!
  • Duration: 15 hours
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