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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. Put San Lorenzo market into our Florence vacation builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Nice to see, there is a bit of everything from food, sweaters, sweatshirts ... souvenirs, bags. Sellers almost always foreigners
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  • The Mercato San Lorenzo used to be a local market, known only to local people for their daily shopping. But recently it has been renovated and upgraded. Though it still serves its primary function as ...  more »
  • The outdoor market with many stalls is nice and interesting but really nothing special. If you want Italian products buy from Italians! The real treasure is inside the building. Go have lunch inside a...  more »
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  • 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).
  • If you are a budget traveler this is a great place for a snack. The outdoor vendors are very pushy and touristy. But inside they are warm and welcoming and will talk with you about their products and give samples (stay and try them all for a great snack). Do the full loop before you buy as the quality and prices varies quite a bit.
  • Go in the big building to get a bite to eat or shop around the streets with the street vendors. For the items that everyone has, you can bargain. If you find something that no one else has, we found the prices are reasonable, but they won't haggle. The food court is actually pretty nice and the food is high end.
  • Loved visiting this market! Best time to visit is around lunchtime or before (otherwise the downstairs stalls might be closed). Downstairs features local vendors selling everything from meat to dried fruit. There is also a delicious place to buy freshly cooked pasta to eat. Upstairs features many restaurants to choose from.
  • Great place to browse and eat. Lots of choices and a great wine selection. They will also pack wine bottles for travel if you ask.