San Lorenzo market, Florence

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The largest street market in Florence, San Lorenzo market offers every product from food and household goods to antiques and leather. There are actually two markets: the central market and a separate outdoor market. The central market is indoors and sells food and produce. Outdoors, you will find souvenirs, knickknacks, books, and furniture. Be prepared to bargain, or you will end up paying too much for inexpensive items. Be careful when purchasing leather items, as some are fakes. Plan my Florence trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • August 17, 2017
    If you are a native or looking products vegetables fruits at best prices, worth. Intended and some shops internally food and coffee. Was is yet something shocking and is definitely must see
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  • August 17, 2017
    I have been many times to the market of San Lorenzo. It is always very crowded with tourists because there are a lot of things, but I liked it better when I was a kid. The stalls were run by Florentines, while there are now many foreigners and then there are all those things that were of quality craftsmanship. However a tour must be done at the market when it comes to Florence.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Outside reminded me of the Bali markets, and you'll find those kinds of wares all over - they were exactly the same in 2013. If you persist enough, there's a food hall inside, selling everything from ...  more »
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  • Definitely a more quirky tourist attraction in Florence, the vendors will try to get you to browse each of their stores and will try to wow you with their stories of leather but stay brave and hold your ground! I'd recommend walking round the whole market before looking in the small shops who have stalls on the market. We bought a beautiful leather bag, useful for a cabin luggage (and all the gifts we've bought in Italy!)
  • One of the finest food halls and markets in Italy. You can spend quite a while just looking around and taking food porn pictures, but of course, you should be eating your way through it. There is a large selection of foods to sample, and they are all made fresh on site. If you're visiting Florence, you definitely need to set aside one afternoon to visit.
  • Very nice place I do miss it's a bit too far for me to travel
  • Went here after our tour of Florence with my students on a one day trip. Most of my students wanted a chance to shop in the market, so they were excited to be here. There are dozens and dozens of stands all selling a variation on a theme, each looking to bring you in to their stand, or store behind, and sell you a leather good of some sort. Many of theme sell the exact same product, so if you are a bargain shopper, take your time to get a few prices, and then prepare to bargain your way to the price you want. If you are short on time, you can just visit a couple, as much of the products you find are similar. Leather pursues, wallets and belts are the big ticket items on the street. My students were a little shocked at how handsy and inappropriate the stall owners were with them (at least compared to what they were use to in Canada). Not sure if that is the usual case, but it was our experience the day we were there. They are also very pushy. So if you don't like to bargain or deal with pushy sales people, this is probably not the experience for you. If you enjoy a good bargain, or the challenge of getting one, you may enjoy it more. When we returned to Rome that evening we actually found many of the exact same products available in their leather shops, for similar prices, without the bartering or pushy sales. So we saw less unique products than expected. But overall, still enjoyed the experience (I really enjoy European markets, so I'm still glad we went).
  • Had lots of fun trying different wines at the Enoteca, the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable.

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