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Mercato di Sant'Ambrogio


Florence's "second" market (after the famous Mercato Centrale), the Mercato Alimentare Sant'Ambrogio, offers fresh food, household goods, some clothing, and restaurants from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day except Sunday.

Saturday mornings are especially busy - and some fruit, vegetable, and specialty vendors only come on Fridays and Saturdays.

Outside the market

Outside on the long west side of the market you will find mostly fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as some cheeses and cold cuts, olives, bread, eggs, soaps, honey and more (food that doesn't need freezing or refrigeration). On the smaller north and south ends there are also clothes, shoes, and various household items (the east side is a small parking area and is used for deliveries and trash removal).

If you need something else for the house or hardware, keys made, etc., there is a great mesticheria, Mazzanti, that is accessible from the market area (the main entrance is at Borgo la Croce 101/R).

Oranges, tangerines, clementines and other fresh fruit

Winter and fall vegetables such as squash, pumpkins, and brussel sprouts are plentiful when in season

A whole roasted pig from a vendor outside the market

Farmers with their fresh produce

The cheeses of Corzano e Paterno (they also make amazing wine) are frequently available from a cheese vendor outside the market

Inside the market

Inside are meat, cheese and fish vendors, along with some general grocery, a bar (meaning coffee), and a trattoria, "De Rocco", which is a great place for an inexpensive lunch. The macellerie (butchers) here are usually of very good quality, among them you can find specialties like horse steaks and small birds that you may not find in other spots in Florence. The lone fish vendor has a very large counter with lots of frozen products - if fish is very important on your shopping list you will probably find more selection at the famous Mercato Centrale.

One of the bakeries inside the market

Wedges of Parmigiano Reggiano from a cheese vendor

You can find small birds (uccellino) and game at several butchers

One of my favorite macelleria, Luca Menoni, and one of the few anywhere in Florence that sells horse meat (which is much more common in the Veneto and in the south)

Trattoria da Rocco, a good place for an inexpensive lunch

Overall this is our favorite food market - the experience is authentic (as it can be in a tourist town like Florence), the service is friendly, and there are (usually) more Florentines than tourists - not to mention all the great food, and some really good prices, especially on fruits and vegetables.

The market is located just off Piazza Ghiberti, and near Piazza/Chiesa Sant'Ambrogio.

Here's a great video (in Italian but you can turn on English subtitles if needed):

And here's another good video, the walk to the market brings back a lot of memories!

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