Mercato di Sant'Ambrogio
Mercato di Sant'Ambrogio
4.5
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Historical center of Florence features Sant'Ambrogio, one of the first religious buildings to be built in Florence.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Santa Croce
Stop and stare at the beauty and symmetry of the Basilica of Santa Croce any time day or night. Unraveling around it are a number of architectural and artistic masterpieces, from the Synagogue to the Central National Library. As a hub for young people, the area gets busy with people who want to have fun: a continuous flow of tourists and locals become animated by songs and dances.
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Heini_Freiherr_von_Haplitz
New Providence Island209 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Business
Don't waste any money, just take a look and go elsewhere. This was a good market many, many years, well, decades ago, local egg-producers, local farmers, vegetables, local meats, Tuscan Fish. Now, it is a reseller place of products less than mediocre in quality. That is not totally these sellers fault, because all wholesale fruit markets (ORTO) have only lousy (third choice) product for Italians, since all Cat.I produce is for export only. Here, in Italy the margins are very high, that means that produce, meats and such is of lowest quality to collect the profit. Italian shoppers dropped flavor and quality long ago for looks and supermarket aisles. Florence does not have a licensed butcher remaining, and not one baker (fornaio) with a diploma. Forget Pattisserie and Sweets, Italy's Culinary Institute did graduate anyone in years. They claim, that a new school for baking diplomas will eventually open in Cuneo next year. Anyhow this market is in a neighborhood where housewifes/men are ignorant and would not know how much a "Capello Di Prete" cut of beef should costs, or that apples are from last years crop, and cheese will set you €24-36 /kg back, cheeses that were not even crafted by a Master Cheesemaker. The food-processors watch a 20 minute video, that is called education here. But, you can find a nice second-hand Loden Jacket from Austria, or old sweaters. Turkish Pomegrates are labeled "Product on Italy" but the real ones are sold to Austria, Swiss and Germany. Whenever - during the last years - a stand closed down, it was "acquired" by a "Senor" who staffed it from the asian pool of unemployed, and is selling the same wares now in 30% of the open stands. It truly is an insult to a shopper, or a gourmet. There is NO place for GOURMET left on this market. Don't pay any prices on these tags, all are much too high, offer 50%, the most. And, don't buy "nuovo" Olive Oil, its neither BIO nor extravergine (squeezed at less than 25C degrees), because olive harvest was a disaster this season at 30% of last year, thus, mixing and cheating is at an all-time high.
Written December 2, 2017
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marika t
Florence, Italy36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Friends
If you want to experience the real life in Florence, see where Florentines go I suggest you visit the daily market of Sant'Ambrogio.
Sant'Ambrogio is one of the oldest boroughs in Florence and is an authentic residential area., where lots of Florentine people live In the main square takes place every day a nice market.
Here you can find clothings, accessories, furniture and much more. In addition you can buy fresh and organic products, such as fruit, bread, local cheese and so on. Every day you'll find different sellers and good deals.

Sant'Ambrogio market is open Monday to Saturday from 8.00 am to 1.00 pm.
Written March 27, 2012
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ALFREDUCCIO
North Brunswick, NJ46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
I always know about the Mercato Centrale near San Lorenzo but never visited this market near Sant'Ambrogio & Santa Croce. I was in Florence visited my cousin who has an apartment so I said let's shop for Saturday night dinner.. A short walk from his apartment. The veggies & fruits where sold outside the building while inside meats, fish & groceries. The menu was to be the famous Arista; di Maiale, fettuccini with peas, mushrooms in blush sauce. After shopping was done we met my cousin's wife & daughter for lunch at Rocco's inside the market itself.
This eatery is run by a man named Rocco from the Basilicata. It is set up with about 8 long tables with a central aisle for serving. The menu was small & a great bargain. Primi for 4euro secondi 6 euro sides 3 euro. Food came out hot and well prepared. The dessert was most memorable, a large poached pears in a wine caramelized sauce If you find the market while wandering around Florence expect a wait for a table(that you will have to share with someone else) but the wait is worth it. Buon Appetito !
Written May 28, 2014
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Vassilis V
Crete, Greece208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
There are two types of voyagers.
The tourists and the the travelers.
If you think you’re in the first category, then don’t go to mercato Di sant ambrogio. It’s not for you.
If you consider yourself as a traveler and you’d like to find out the real thing, without famfaronades and bright light, then you’re gonna love it.
Great products, great food in prices that normal people can afford.
A lovely place to feel the real thing of an Italian market.

Highly recommended to travelers
A tip: don’t forget to pass by and check the mercato delle pulci, pretty close to the sant ambrogio mercato. Less than two minutes walking.
Written April 4, 2018
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Craig L
Minneapolis, MN58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
We love this market, and suggest going during the morning hours and during the weekday. You really can't go wrong with any of the selections. We like the sbriciolona and proscuitto di parma from the butcher with the Boar's head. Make your own sandwich with strachiatta sold here, and eclipse the All' Antico Vinaio version without much work.

Rocco is the nice little cafe perfect for your first introduction to grandma's Tuscan kitchen. The serving sizes are enormous, so think about sharing to ensure you get a nice variety.

This market is a market, not an amusement park. Whip out google translate and speak some Italian, or merely gesture for just how thick you want that beautiful bistecche!
Written October 13, 2018
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Exploring_Alex
Toronto, Canada121 contributions
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May 2015 • Solo
I chose to live near the Mercato Sant'Ambrogio because living away from home for a year - I like building a repoire with the person I buy my vegetables and cheese from. It helps to establish a bit of a community.
Mercato Sant'Ambrogio is definitely the authentic market in Florence. Florentines get their produce and meats here. You'll find that there are more locals than tourists.
But there are some great foods here. Especially on Fridays/Saturdays - they have a few more specialty vendors. My favourite sells the best nougat I've ever had.
When it comes to finding which vendor to buy your fruits or vegetables from - look at where the older ladies are. They for sure know how to scout out the best produce and the best deals. Inside there is a great place called Botteghina dell'Augusta - and they sell fresh pasta, accompaniments, cheese and bread. My favourites - ravioli con percorino e pere (ravioli with pear and pecorino cheese) So good. I prefer the cheese mongers who sell in the exterior for quality - but there is more variety of cheeses on the interior.
Lots of inexpensive clothing and footwear as well - but probably nothing that you'll see in any current fashion magazines. Still - a great place and i happily frequent it weekly. Vendors usually start packing up around 2 pm. Closed Sundays.
P.S. If you're looking for gourmet looking bottles and fancy packaging that make a nice gift, or dining in a hip little resto - you're better off sticking to Mercato Centrale. If you want to mingle with the locals, get lots of free samples, and have an authentic experience, I recommend Mercato Sant'Ambrogio.
Written June 30, 2015
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penny_howard1
Florence, Italy267 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Friends
Everyone knows that Italians are pretty much obsessed by food - it is the only place I know where people are discussing what they will have for their next meal before they have finished the one they are still eating! So when it comes to choosing food they expect the best - not just a package from a supermarket - they want to see and smell their next meal and imagine just how it will taste with their own particular mix of flavourings.... and the Sant'Ambrogio market is the place where real Italians go to buy their food.
It is visually beautiful , spotlessly clean and all the stall holders seemed to want us to try their products - we could have eaten our lunch just on the proffered titbits - but we had a menu and selected just everything we needed....and it was delicious.
Some of the more unusual foods on offer were the cheeses sold outside the market - a gentleman who was carving a pumpkin when we approached him specialises in Tuscan cold cuts - he sawed off chunks of finocchiona (fennel salami) and slices of mortadella (finely hashed or ground, heat-cured pork sausage) whilst I was organising my scatola of creamy Gorgonzola cheese....this doesn't look anywhere near as wonderful as it tastes - whether with schiacciata bread or included within a creamy Gorgonzola, pear and walnut risotto - do not be put off by it's non packaged appearance - it is just the best Gorgonzola I have ever tasted.
Inside the market all meat is prepared in such a way that it is hard to resist buying one of everything....some photos to illustrate this! Worth the effort to find this location - if you are in an apartment in Florence do not miss it!
Written December 2, 2014
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Paul H
Vero Beach, Florida, United States8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
So, here we are in Florence for the month of September--time enough for us to really get to know this beautiful city. We've rented a one-bedroom apartment thru VRBO right off the Piazza della Signoria. After a week, all of our meals have been perfect, both at the nearby restaurants and at home. And what's made our home-cooked meals so great (even as I say so myself) are the fresh ingredients that we've been able to buy at the two local markets (Mercato). Because all the Guide books recommend the Mercato Centrale, we went there first. Impressive. Awesome. And packed with tourists. So packed that it made shopping a chore. You spend half your time dodging gawkers. Worse, being first-time food shoppers in Florence, we had no way to compare prices.

Then we went to the Mercato San Ambrogio, on the other side of town, but equidistant from our apt. Wow, what a difference! Practically no tourists. Nearly all locals, mostly older Italian ladies making their daily rounds. (we were there around 11am). The meat and fish looked fresher due to the higher turnover (more buyers than gawkers). Same goes for the fresh pastas. They were fresher and there was more variety. A few that I've never seen and dying to try. More importantly, we could buy sopprassata toscana which the central market didn't carry. Probably because most tourists would not know what it was, and if they knew, they wouldn't eat it anyway. (It's made from pig's head meat, skin and tongue.)

My last and most important comment is on the price differential between the two markets. For 7 euros, I got three times the amount of porchetta that had been sold to me at the central market. Go to Mercato San Ambrogio before the next generation of guide-book writers find it.
Written September 5, 2014
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luvroma2
Reading, PA1,971 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Couples
This market is off the beaten path of tourists so what you have are everyday Italians doing their daily market shopping. The market is incredible. I would love to have it in my neighborhood - fresh meat, produce, cheese, fish and pasta. The locals have no idea how lucky they are.
Written October 15, 2012
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CADCardiff
Cardiff, UK158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Get off the ‘historico’ treadmill and out and about to some daily city life. This is largely a neighbourhood and daily produce market 7am to 2pm, with some special markets on days throughout the month - check the website for details. If you are lucky enough to be able to cook at you base whilst in Florence, this is a great place to buy your ingredients, vegetables, meat and fish. After your shopping, it’s worth trying local cafes and restaurants which range from espresso bars and small lunch venues in the covered market, to mid range trattorias in the square, with a traditional Tuscan menu and the various Cibreo offers, created by home grown chef Fabio Picchi. We ate lunch at Cibreo restaurant with an excellent three course meal for two with wine for €58. The market, long lunch and wander through the smaller local streets is a lovely way to spend a day.
Written September 5, 2019
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