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Mercato Centrale

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Address: Piazza del Mercato Centrale | Via dell'Ariento, Florence, Italy
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+39 055 239 9798
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Open-air market that has a cast-iron structure dating back to 1874, which...

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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Buzzing lunch at the food market

We adventured into the market at lunch time and we were not disappointed of the food experience. We tried up to four of the stall trying different meat cold cuts, pizza, pasta... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We adventured into the market at lunch time and we were not disappointed of the food experience. We tried up to four of the stall trying different meat cold cuts, pizza, pasta, sweets. The experience was amazing and the place was packed of people and food options. It is a must go for a lovely lunch and not far distance... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited twice for dinner - once on a Saturday evening and then on a Monday. I was slightly concerned that the Monday evening would not have the same 'buzz' as the Saturday but I could not have been more wrong. This place attracted a wide variety of visitors: locals, tourists, young, old, families. There are numerous different food stalls... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For a Lunch, direct in Downtown, it is a very good Place to eat. A lot of different Restaurants, all Food are made fresh.

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Thank Hans H
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I've read many reviews here that Mercato Centrale was a must. My partner and I went there on a Saturday on our 2nd day visiting Florence. The place was just packed, we walked around for 30 minutes and couldn't get a table. Lots of choice of food but quite expensive, typical food markets in Europe, what once was a place... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great place to buy Italian herbs, spices, olive oil, fish, meats and fresh vegetables, or cheese. I am not sure if the wine is value for money, but many of the locals were buying from there. If you're staying in an apartment and cooking for yourself, then it's well worth a visit to the market. The stalls around the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the kind of market place you can go get pasta, pizza, local wine, gelato, and much more. They have a sitting area where you can eat your food as well as a full bar/cafe. The options are unlimited so stop and check it out before eating at local restaurants. You won't be disappointed (unless you want something more... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We were wandering through the market and just stumble upon this amazing food court. Here you can go on a good adventure. You are spoilt for choice. From a gourmet sandwiched to freshly made pasta along with wine tasting...!!! Unbelievable My personal favorite was the freshly made egg pasta with caramelized figs and bacon, with a hint of chilies flakes.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Mercato centrale is the old Italian market where it is fish market a the bottom and bar restaurants a the top brilliant place nice atmosphere great local foods and drinks

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Mercato Centrale because of interesting descriptions on travel blogs. We were there around lunchtime,where there was an audible buzz from people enjoying meals,with numerous restaurants on the periphery of a large rectangular area.Spoiled for choice with fresh hot meals and delicious coffee.Pizza by the slice or more, pasta after pasta,cold cuts and all the bread you could tackle,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been to plenty of markets around Europe, but this one tops them all. My family and I knew we were coming here for lunch. We got to the market and hurriedly searched for prepared food to eat as we were starving once we got there. After searching around the first floor, we saw people walking up to another level.... More 

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San Lorenzo’s lively merchants shout out from behind stalls with an array of products in one of the most traditional neighborhoods in Florence. Different ethnic groups join together in the large outdoor market of San Lorenzo and in the Central Market, a vast multi-floored building. Visitors are bound to fall in love with this area and in particular, with its variety of food, especially those focusing on Florentine dishes as well as international selections. Nobody leaves San Lorenzo without a shopping bag in hand or with an empty stomach.
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