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Florence Central Market (Mercato Centrale) Tours

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Florence Central Market (Mercato Centrale)
The renovated Central Market (Mercato Centrale) is a trendy gastronomic mecca in the heart of Florence. On the ground floor, you’ll find 19th-century architecture and traditional food stalls; upstairs, there’s an urban food court featuring more than a dozen stands and shops, as well as a cooking school.

The Basics
Florence’s Central Market, the largest of its kind in the city, has been located in its soaring cast-iron-and-glass pavilion for more than a century. The ground-floor indoor market is crowded with stalls selling gourmet specialties from Tuscany and beyond, including fresh fruit and vegetables, buffalo mozzarella, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and Chianti wine. The second floor has been reworked into a chic food court offering freshly prepared Florentine classics served street-food style—everything from fresh pasta with truffles to hamburgers made with heirloom beef.

A stroll through the market is a highlight of any food walking tour in Florence. Some tours include stops to snack along the way, as well as cooking lessons in the school upstairs.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Lovers of Italian food will particularly enjoy touring the market—it’s the perfect place to try Florentine classics like ribollita, lampredotto, and bistecca alla fiorentina.
  • The upstairs area has an excellent wine shop that can ship anywhere in the world, a bookstore, and a workshop that hosts wine tastings and cooking demonstrations.
  • The downstairs stalls are a great place to snag ingredients, either for an impromptu picnic or for souvenirs. 
  • There are ramps and an elevator to access both the upper and lower floors of the market.

How to Get There
The market is located in Piazza del Mercato Centrale in the San Lorenzo district, a short walk from the Florence train station.

When to Get There
The ground-floor stalls are open each morning Monday to Saturday, while the upper-floor food court is open daily from 10am to midnight, making it convenient for snacks or meals. Upstairs can get very crowded at mealtimes (1 to 3pm and 7 to 9pm), so it's best to wander through and sample the Tuscan goods at off-hours.

Visiting Another Florentine Market
Just outside the Central Market, the San Lorenzo Market (Mercato di San Lorenzo) is known as the best place in the city to find inexpensive leather goods.
Address: Piazza del Mercato Centrale, Firenze, Italy
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Wanna Be Italiano - The original Cooking Class & Market Tour in Florence

Wanna Be Italiano - The original Cooking Class & Market Tour in Florence

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Try your hand at Florentine cuisine on this cooking class. Journey first to the city’s Central Market alongside expert chefs to select local ingredients for your lunch. Then head to the cooking school to learn how to make Tuscan favorites such as bruschetta, homemade pasta, and dessert. Afterward, sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor, complemented by Chianti wine.
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Small-Group Florence Food Walking Tour

Small-Group Florence Food Walking Tour

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Indulge in a true taste of Florence on this food and walking tour. Led by a foodie guide, travel through the streets of the Renaissance city and stop at the top local haunts. Check out the fresh produce at the San Lorenzo Market, try the bold flavors of an Italian coffee, and peruse a Florentine delicatessen. You’ll sample plenty of specialties along the way, including cheeses, breads, olive oils, gelato, and Italian wine. Numbers are limited to 12 people to ensure an intimate experience.
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Florence Cooking Course and Local Market Visit

Florence Cooking Course and Local Market Visit

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Try your hand at Italian fare during this cooking course and market tour in Florence. Begin with a walking tour through the San Lorenzo Market, choosing fresh ingredients for your dishes. Then head back to the kitchen and learn how to prepare a 4-course Tuscan meal under the guidance of a chef. Sit to feast on your creations and take recipes home at the end of your class. The lesson is divided into two groups, with a maximum of 15 people per chef for a more personal experience.
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Cooking Lesson: From The Market To The Table in Florence

Cooking Lesson: From The Market To The Table in Florence

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Learn to prepare a full Italian meal from scratch during a small-group cooking class in Florence. Your instructor is a professional chef who takes you first on a shopping excursion to the Central Market, then leads you through the steps of preparing the multicourse meal. Includes lunch with wine, and recipes to take home.
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Florence Food Tour: Home-Made Pasta, Truffle, Cantucci, Olive Oil, Gelato

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Explore Florence cuisine with a local foodie on a 2.5-hour culinary tour of the city that includes tastings at markets, shops, and cafés along the way. Sample Florence foods that range from fresh pasta and truffles to gelato and pastries. This 3-hour tour is limited to 15 people for individual service from the guide, and in between treats, you’ll walk by some of the city’s most beloved landmarks and local neighborhoods.
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Florence Sightseeing Tour for Kids & Families with Gelato Tasting

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Florence Sightseeing Tour for Kids & Families with Gelato Tasting

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Dig into the history of the Tuscan capital in a way the whole family will enjoy with this 2.5-hour walking tour of Florence for families. Join a kid-friendly guide as you explore Santa Croce, the San Lorenzo Market, the Porcellino, Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo, Piazza della Repubblica, Ponte Vecchio, and more. Keep kids engaged with interactive games and activities.
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San Lorenzo Market Food and Wine Tour in Florence

San Lorenzo Market Food and Wine Tour in Florence

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Dig into the delicious culinary history of the Tuscan capital with this 4-hour food and wine tour of Florence. Join a knowledgeable local guide for visits to 7 places to eat or drink in the historic center – trattorias, restaurants, pastry shops, gelaterias, wineries and more. Check out the food vendors in the bustling San Lorenzo Market. Take this tour on your first day in Florence so you can eat better for the rest of your stay. Come hungry!
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Highlights of Florence Kids & Families Small Group Tour with Gelato

Highlights of Florence Kids & Families Small Group Tour with Gelato

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See Florence in family-friendly style during this half-day, guided tour that’s designed with kids in mind. Play games, tackle trivia questions and hear stories about the city’s sights. Visit San Lorenzo Market, Piazza della Repubblica, Ponte Vecchi and more and enjoy a little free time to indulge in locally made gelato and other treats.
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Private 3-Hour Food Tour of Florence

Private 3-Hour Food Tour of Florence

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Taste your way through Florence's local cuisine during this 3-hour small-group food tour. Follow your culinary expert guide to local food purveyors in the streets and alleys of Florence, listening to stories and interesting facts about the city as you stroll. Start your day with an authentic Italian espresso, then stop Central Market of San Lorenzo to walk among the stalls of fresh produce. Taste some local Chianti, Ribollita (Tuscan soup) and fluffy pastries at a Florentine bakery. Finish your tour with a classic gelato. All tastings are included.
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Florence Food Tour

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Enjoy tastings at some of Florence’s most local establishments on this small-group gourmet food tour, led by a professional chef. Throughout the tour, you’ll visit a combination of classic Florentine highlights and lesser-known destinations, San Lorenzo Market, Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio. First Stop the San Lorenzo Market, walk through the market and have a taste of the most delicious product from florence and tuscany. Rather than just eating Florentine food, you meet local vendors and taste delicacies like traditional charcuterie, cheese’s parmigiano reggiano and pecorino, balsamic vinegar tasting, Extra virgin olive oil tasting, espresso tasting, wine tasting and gelato.
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Small-Group Market Visit and Cookery Class in Central Florence

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Create a personalized Tuscan menu during a market visit and cookery course in central Florence, a must-do activity for lovers of Italian cuisine. In a small group limited to 12, you’ll tour Sant’Ambrogio Daily Market and choose organic meat, vegetables, and cheese to cook during your class. Select seasonal produce and create traditional Tuscan dishes, such as pasta, biscotti, bruschetta, and rich meat stews, depending on your preference and dietary requirements. Receive recipes cards by email and feast on the fruits of your labors with wine at the end of the class.
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Tasty Florence Street Food Tour with Guided Sightseeing of the City Center

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Taste your way around Florence’s postcard-perfect historic center, the perfect culinary journey for first-timers and veterans alike. Stroll through local food markets and sample traditional dishes like pasta, lampredotto, gelato, and more. You’ll also listen to insider cultural background as you cover the city’s main landmarks along the way, from Santa Croce to Palazzo Vecchio.
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Tasty Florence Food Tour & Sightseeing around San Lorenzo Farmers Market & Duomo

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Eat, drink and sightsee the cradle of the Renaissance, the city of Florence. Explore the colorful food market of San Lorenzo and visit some of the city highlights like the Duomo, deli shops and typical restaurants full of traditions. Led by a local and expert guide you will learn about all the culinary traditions, history and facts of the city and its monuments. Florence is a magnificent city considered the birth place of the Italian Renaissance, and a must see while in Italy not only for its attractions, monuments and art history background but also for its culinary. Taste the best of the Florentine culinary during this 4-hours Food, Wine and Sightseeing tour.
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Florence Street Food Tour with Walking Sightseeing and Local Guide

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Eat Like a Local: Street Food Tour of Florence with Great Tastings

Eat Like a Local: Street Food Tour of Florence with Great Tastings

Florence is a marvellous city full of art, culture and delicious food.Take the chance to visit and “taste” this city, with a local guide, who will lead this journey by telling you many anecdotes of the places you see. Explore the Central Market, organized on two floors and completely dedicated to food, here you will find butchers, fishmongers, fruit and vegetable stalls and small shops selling local specialties. Admire the many monuments that Florence is rich in such as the Cathedral, Giotto's bell Tower the Basilica di Santa Croce and many more, all explained by your guide. During your walk, you will taste many sample delicious foods like gelato, fresh pasta, truffles,”pappa al pomodoro”, home-made biscuits and much more. This tour is perfect to introduce the art and foods of this wonderful city that will leave you a unique memory.
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Florence Gourmet Tour with Food Wine and Guided Sightseeing of City Highlights

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Florence Street Food Walking Tour with Guided Sightseeing of Must-See Sites

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Come hungry to this 3-hour walking tour of Florence that showcases the city’s rich history and cuisine. In between tours of the Duomo Cathedral and San Lorenzo Basilica, sample authentic street food and taste fresh products at Mercato Centrale. Going with a guide means you won’t be overwhelmed by choice in the bustling streets and market—and that you learn facts and anecdotes often missed by visitors along the way.
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Highlights of Florence Private Treasure Hunt for Kids & Families with Gelato

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Highlights of Florence Treasure Hunt for Kids & Families with Gelato

Highlights of Florence Treasure Hunt for Kids & Families with Gelato

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Market & Cooking Experience in Florence

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There’s no better way to get acquainted with a country’s culture than through its cuisine. Delve deeper into Florence’s food scene during a market tour and cooking class that lets you overcome the language barrier and sample local dishes that you may otherwise have missed. This tour proves ideal for food lovers and first-time visitors.
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Morning route of the Historic Center

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Kid-Friendly Florence Highlights Tour with Central Market & Gelato Tasting

Kid-Friendly Florence Highlights Tour with Central Market & Gelato Tasting

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Be In Florence: Private walking tour with exclusive tasting

Be In Florence: Private walking tour with exclusive tasting

A walking tour in the historic center of Florence is a unique journey to discover its history through its narrow streets and majestic squares to enjoy its splendid art; culture; landscapes; traditions; typical and artisan products, which tell curiosities, love stories, but also for sure; the great people who passed through here and formed the great history of Florence: artists, saints, popes: princes; and sir This tour will be a great way to introduce you to Florence and its surroundings, so it is highly advisable to join at the beginning of your stay whenever possible.
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  • 3 hours
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