Today I went to the Mercato delle Cascine and because it was a good relaxing experience, I want to share this with you.

This market is situated on the banks of the Arno inside the beautiful Parco delle Cascine, one of  the biggest open market in Florence. Unfortunately, is open only on Tuesday from 8 am to 2 pm.    clothes, leather goods, footwear, fruit, vegetables, flowers, household goods.  It is the perfect place to find bargains and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere or just and have a rest by sleeping on the grass.
The Augsburg-Lorena family that succeeded the Medici as rulers of Florence gifted Le Cascine to the State Department of Possessions and the park opened to the public.
The other big open market is the Mercato di San Lorenzo. Here you can find a variety of goods, from local crafts, clothing, leather, jewelers etc.  Inside the Mercato Centrale there are two floors. The ground floor is full of stalls selling pastas and spices and mant of tipical Florentine products. Also it is good for cheap breakfast or lunch on the go, there are small restaurants inside, or you can eat on the steps. Vegetables, fruits and flowers are sold on the upper floor of the market hall.
Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio
Last Florentine market, and in my opinion the more Florentine, is the Mercato di Sant Ambrogio, which is in the area of Sant Abrogio, and very near my school.
It is just a small Florentine market, yet the atmosphere is more relaxed. Also here it is possible to buy fresh produce, meats, wines, pressed olives and fresh olive oil.
Markets in the center of FlorenceMercato di San Lorenzo
Piazza S. Lorenzo, Via dell’Ariento. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. Open every first Sunday of the month.

Mercato delle Pulci di Piazza Ciompi  (Flea Market)
Piazza dei Ciompi Open all day on the last Sunday of every month.

Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio
Piazza Ghiberti. Open weekday mornings only.

Mercato del Porcellino. (Straw Market)
Piazza del Porcellino. Open from 8am to 7pm: closed on Sundays and Monday mornings.

Mercato delle Cascine
Parco delle Cascine. Open only on Tuesday from 8 am to 2 pm

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