Mercato di Sant'Ambrogio (Sant'Ambrogio Market), Florence

Mercato di Sant'Ambrogio (Sant'Ambrogio Market), Florence

Since 1873, this market has been a beloved spot among Florentines due to its intimate scale and outstanding selection of fresh produce. In the bustling outdoor section, you'll be captivated by beautifully arranged pyramids of seasonal fruits and vegetables, and the vendors are equally friendly whether you're purchasing a single apple or a dozen. Amidst this setting, you'll also discover an array of ever-changing items, ranging from clothing, shoes, and household goods to flowers and beads. While it may not be a tourist hotspot, it's a fantastic place to find items you may need or even something you forgot to buy, like floppy sunhats.

As you step into the covered interior, you'll be greeted by a striking mosaic Florentine lily adorning the floor. Here, an enticing sprawl of stalls awaits, offering an assortment of meats, including various cuts and aged cheeses, prosciuttos, salamis, breads, honey, fresh and dried pastas, grains, beans, eggs, olives, spices, sauces, oils, fresh and salted fish, milk, yogurt, and coffee. In short, a treasure trove for food enthusiasts and those seeking high-quality ingredients.

Within the market, you'll also find the famous Trattoria da Rocco, perfect for a first introduction to grandma's Tuscan kitchen. It was – and still is – a "tavola calda", meaning that the food is prepared early and served in heaping portions all during lunch, six days a week (Mon-Sat: 10am–2:45pm). Definitely a bargain for the price, and very fast! Given the hearty serving sizes, it might be worth considering sharing to savor a diverse range of flavors.

Another not-to-be-missed spot is I' Trippaio di Sant'Ambrogio (Mon-Sat: 7am–2pm), where you can indulge in authentic Florentine 'lampredotto' cooked in various delectable ways. Convenient, no-frills, affordable. Derived from the fatty cow's stomach, the taste is truly unique, and the friendly staff will gladly add extra spices upon request. Feel free to grab a cup and pour yourself some red wine from the massive bottle on the counter (note that there is a fee for the glasses you drink).

If you're seeking an opportunity to mingle with locals, sample a variety of treats for free, and immerse yourself in an authentic Tuscan culinary experience, Mercato Sant'Ambrogio is your best bet.

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Sight Location: Florence, Italy (See walking tours in Florence)
Sight Type: Food/Drink
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