New and Improved: Mercato Centrale, Florence

We love a good market.

Walls of carefully arranged fresh local produce. Colors, smells and tastes unique to a destination. The energy of the shopkeepers, proudly sampling and selling homemade specialties born from family secrets that go back generations. Giant fish with eyes that stare right back at you. These are the things you’ll recall well after you walk out the door, and even once you land back on your home soil.

Florence’s very own Mercato Centrale is a market we love, even more so after it re-opened its completely revamped “First Floor” (second level) to the public last spring.  Now boasting 500 seats, its first floor features 3,000 square meters filled with artisanal vendors selling everything from fresh bread and baked goods to fried food and rissoles,  meats and salamis, buffalo mozzarella, cheeses,  fresh pasta, wines, lampredotto and sandwiches.

Eat in, take out or ship it all home — but definitely pass through and treat your senses to a lovely afternoon next time you are in Florence.

Open seven days a week, 10am through midnight. More info here: Mercato Centrale

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