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Mercato Centrale, Florence

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Immerse your senses in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Mercato Centrale. Pick up everything you need--meat, fish, cheese, olives, pasta, bread, and wine--to make a delicious Tuscan meal. Most vendors will let you try samples of their products. If you get hungry, grab a panini from a stall or sit down in one of the market's eateries. A local favorite is panino con bollito, a boiled beef sandwich where the bread is dipped in the cooking broth and topped with salsa. Wash it down with some fresh iced tea. Add Mercato Centrale to your Florence travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Florence trip itinerary planner.
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  • I recommend a visit to this place so quaint. It is true is a covered market but trust me there is a lot more ... smells, tastes, atmosphere although you don't have to buy anything is worth it for a spin on the upper floor there is also a chance to sample tons of goodies, this plan is also open in the evening until late.
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  • The market is a very interesting site to visit, you can find all sorts of articles. There are a variety of them, from cheeses, cold cuts, meats, olive oils in different qualities and flavors. The products are sold at very reasonable prices. The staff is very friendly and even allow you to taste some displayed merchandise. Get away from the place, there is a fair where you can buy Italian leather goods. Great garments at a very affordable price.
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  • Go to Nerbone for traditional Florentine fare. The Lampredotto and Ribollita were so good! Even the Pasta Fagiole was so delicious. No wonder they're still around since 1872! 
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  • Such a perfect spot which captures the essence of Italy; great, tasty and typical meals, fair prices and a huge variety of products. There's plenty of space for sitting or you can grab a quick meal to-go and enjoy the streets of Florence. Plus, the place itself is greatly taken care of and very neat. Great experience!
  • What a cool dining experience. All of the different merchants selling every kind of delicious food and drink under one roof with cafeteria style seating in the middle. So many options. Very trendy place to eat with an upbeat vibe. Wish we had something like this near me
  • Food Market by day ( ground floor ) Food Court by Night ( 1st floor ) . Arguably the best place in Florence for a foodie. Definitely worth a visit. The food on the 1st floor may not be the cheapest but you are sure that the quality here is top! Locals and tourist dine here all the time.
  • The ground floor is a regular old-style food market with lots of fruits, veggies, mushrooms and meats. You'll also find some restaurants and shops. Try the pasta restaurant (no seating)! On the upper floor is a more modern food court. It's very crowded around lunch time, but has a lot of interesting and diverse restaurants.
  • Great place to visit in Florence. Make sure you get there before 2pm to see all the stalls with the local produce before they close. Go to the upper floor for a nice meal any time of the day. You can try a tongue or tripe sandwich, different truffle courses, fresh fish and others. Walkable distance from the Duomo.