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Mercato Centrale

Piazza del Mercato Centrale, 50123 Florence, Italy
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Ranked #20 of 165 shopping in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Shopping
Description: Open-air market that has a cast-iron structure dating back to 1874, which offers a variety of food shops catering to local residents and restaurants.
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durham uk
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215 reviews 215 reviews
69 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We almost didn't go in as we were put off by the endless stalls full of tat and rubbish being hawked outside,but were we glad we did. It's a cathedral of food,a gastronomic place of worship. All manner of local,and national produce is available downstairs,but upstairs iswhere the real magic plays out. Cheese,wine, sandwiches,pizzas etc,all of the highest quality are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We were only in Florence for 3 nights and we ate here atleast once everyday! I'm from Melbourne, Australia and we have some great produce but wow! Downstairs is all market area and upstairs is all renovated beautifully to share with you the produce freshly cooked for you. You can get pizza (my favorite was the caprese pizza with fresh... More

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our two visits to the market in our 3 day Florence trip. So much so, we are driving 50km out if the way to go back and visit on the way to Venice. You can buy anything fresh such as pasta, fruit, veggies and meat. Of course, we had many samples such as wine,... More

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Santa Rosa, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Yes, you have to make your way through a skinny corridor of cart vendors to get to this place, but it's well worth the hunt. The Centrale Mercato is in a large building in the center of the old part of Florence. Take your time approaching the building and shop at some of the carts along the way...lots of clothing,... More

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We came here like six or seven times during our 9 day stay in Florence. I saw here many many locals, probably the majority, so you don't get the touristy feel as much... the place is very clean. Second floor... the second floor is something like what food must be in heaven... it feels like an upscale food fair, but... More

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Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I was really pleased to see the Mercato Centrale. They did not have this when I was in school in Florence. It is basically where the flea market was and now the flea market surrounds it. The first floor is basically fresh vegetable and food vendors - great place if you can cook where you are staying. There are some... More

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Winter Garden, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

Great market to explore! Cheeses, meats, fish, pasta and more. If you're looking for a quick bite, head upstairs for a nice panini, pizza and beverage. Worth while to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is a must go!! Not only if you're a foodie, but always! The ground floor is a general food market, but it's full with fresh foods and can vacuum pack anything if you want to bring any cheese or cured meat home. But.. Do not forget to go upstairs! It made me felt if I was in a fancy... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

You MUST stop by here if you love yo est! cook! or both! The sights and sounds of a true market are mind boggling! One of the best places to pick up something to take back home for the gourmet!!!

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Lewisville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

While in Florence we came across this market and what a treat! Want to go to a place that you can enjoy fresh foods, draft beers, go grocery shopping and take cooking lessons? This is your place! The staff at each of the counters that we visited were very helpful as were the bartenders at the massive bar in the... More

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