I love wandering around Italian food markets and the Mercato Centrale in Florence is one of my favourites. Situated in the San Lorenzo area of Florence it is full of stalls selling countless gastronomic treats from Tuscany and beyond and even if you don’t want to buy anything it is an experience in itself just to savour the sights and the smells. Cheeses,olives, truffles, mushrooms , huge Fiorentina steaks – you name it you can buy it here. On the first floor there is an wonderful array of different cafes and restaurants for you to try. I regularly rent an apartment in Florence and it is great fun to come and buy your provisions here and pretend that you are a local!
Another food market in Florence is Sant’ Ambrogio which is smaller than the Mercato Centrale and a bit further out of the centre but more popular with locals than tourists . I had my first taste of tripe here but wont be repeating the experience anytime soon. It may be one of the specialities of my favourite city but there are plenty of other local dishes I like more. Its a great place for people watching whilst sipping an Aperol Spritz.
To find out more see their websites http://www.mercatocentrale.com