Mercato Centrale Firenze was the brainchild of Umberto Montano, who with Claudio Cardini launched the project that would give Florence back one of its most important locations: the first floor of the covered market in the San Lorenzo neighborhood. The project became a reality in spring 2014, marking the 140th anniversary of the iron and glass building erected in 1874 according to a design by architect Giuseppe Mengoni – also responsible for the San Ambrogio market and the more famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan.
A unique location
Mercato Centrale Firenze not only revives an area of the city left deserted for many years, but fulfils an extremely relevant and necessary goal: to bring people back to a highly important and vibrant piece of Florence’s old centre, with traditional shops that give food artisans centre stage. Bread and confectionary, fresh fish, fried food and rissoles, fruit and vegetables, meats and salamis, buffalo mozzarella, cheeses, chocolate and ice cream, fresh pasta, wines, lampredotto and sandwiches: all shops are run by artisanal traders who share a passion for their craft.
A Place to relax
Not only can you do your normal shopping, but at Mercato Centrale Firenze, you can also find 500 places to sit and enjoy wholesome fare guaranteed: all operators are committed to a high standard of quality and all dishes prepared inside the Mercato are made using only the raw materials on sale inside the Mercato itself.
All this makes Mercato Centrale Firenze the perfect place for any time of day, from 10 am until midnight.
Florence, which has always been the home of gastronomic excellence and authenticity, sees artisans and their shops take their place at the forefront of quality food.
Open daily for a unique experience in taste, history and leisure, Mercato Centrale Firenze is a large covered marketplace where authenticity, spontaneity and tradition play a leading role. Each shop is an ideal place to do your shopping and find real, honest food at the right price; the very best that Tuscany and Italy have to offer.
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