The central market of Florence Italy is called the Mercato Centrale. It is located around the San Lorenzo church on Via dell Ariento, Via del canto de Nelli and Via Sant Antonino, a short walk from the Duomo district in a two story building. The Mercato’s hours of operation are from 9:00 am until 7:30 pm. The shopper can browse through stall after stall of cheeses and meats, fresh and dry produce and leather jackets, handbags, belts, plus clothing and gifts etc.
Because the population was growing and Florence needed more space for its shops, a special commission was formed in 1869 and it went to work with pickaxes, and tore down a group of houses on each street in the old neighborhood by the Camaldoli of San Lorenzo. This opened up a large piazza and made room for the new covered market. Giuseppe Mengoni, the architect who designed the market with remarkable results, knew how to integrate new elements with the old, uniting the classical with the most innovative materials of the era: cast iron and glass. Today the Piazza del Mercato and some of the adjoining streets have added to the shopping experiences with outdoor events like poetry readings, street theater and outdoor celebrations with bands and musicians on stilts, puppet shows and clowns.
Address: Piazza del Mercato Centrale, 50123 Firenze, Italy
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