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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  • August 18, 2017
    The only reason I went there was to try the famous "tripe" , but unfortunately they ran out!!! I tried the lampredotto but did not fancy it that much. There are other stalls also and it's very busy an...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Indoor market near the station of Santa Maria Novella. Here you can find the ground floor typical Tuscan products from salami to classic cakes Florentine, but the beating heart is on the second floor where about twenty (maybe more) of local banks or not, you can eat fish fry, Florentine, pizza, sandwiches with salami or ingredients. Obviously there are a couple of proposals with fresh pasta and a feast dedicated to black/white truffle. You can also find the lamprey but honestly that I was farther. I highly recommend you spend a few hours because they really deserve it
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  • August 18, 2017
    As you approach the building, don't make the mistake of stopping at one of the surrounding restaurants, go inside the building upstairs: great choice of local gastronomy.  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.

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