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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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Where to stay in Florence

Variety is not a problem when deciding where to stay in Florence. The compact town center is packed with hotels, hostels, and small inns. The drawback of this upmarket central area is that even family-run B&Bs often cost as much as luxury hotels. For more affordable lodgings, explore the area outside the tourist-driven city center. Staying in one of the city's residential neighborhoods allows you to immerse yourself in the daily life of local Florentines. B&Bs and hotels outside the center offer private parking and spacious rooms, all within walking distance of the main tourist sites.
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  • It was incredible to see the variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, meats, and so much more. The top floor has many great places to get lunch.  more »
  • Walking distance from the Firenze SMN station. Great food at the second level. Must tries are the truffle pasta and the bistecca fiorentina.  more »
  • Great Variaty of food. We visited only the ground floor and had a great lunch there. I loved the place and think nobody should miss it.  more »
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  • The food market itself offers a good array of food choices. It's very clean and we'll organized. If you happen to be around, try the fried calamari, gambari (large shrimp), and anchovies at the small shop at the far end that faces the train station. They normally have a line. Their food is delicious.
  • You're going to find quality food at all the top floor places, it's more touristy and a little more expensive than the street but it's all in one place. It's very (shoulder to shoulder) crowded on the weekends through out the day so be prepared to fight for a table! Enjoy the food get a drink and get out. If downstairs market is open check it out for more authentic local fair.
  • This is a must, especially if you have visitors. You can walk around and sample all the foods and grab drinks from the bar. Really cool spot. One of my favorites in Florence. Friends loved it when they visited as well.
  • Excellent Italian fare. Steak was very good and atmosphere was lively. Some stands are more expensive than others. Something for everyone.
  • Fantastic range of food options upstairs including several vegan things. Bustling and fun atmosphere. The downstairs market is great too but closed on Sundays.