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Sant'Ambrogio Market, Florence

Sant'Ambrogio Market, Florence

This market's intimate scale and excellent fresh produce made it a favorite among Florentines since 1873. The bustling outdoor section features tantalizing pyramids of beautifully displayed fruits and vegetables of the season, with sellers equally courteous whether you buy one apple or a dozen. The edibles are juxtaposed with a cheerful hodgepodge of constantly changing wares – from clothing and shoes to household items, flowers, beads... Not really a touristy place, but good for finding things you may require (floppy sunhats?) or may have forgotten to purchase.

Step inside the covered interior (where you will be greeted by a large mosaic Florentine lily on the floor) for an enticing sprawl of stands selling all types of meats and many varieties of fresh 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.

Also inside you'll 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: 11am–2:30pm). Definitely a bargain for the price, and very fast! The serving sizes are so big that you might want to think about sharing to ensure a nice variety.

The other place not to miss, called I' Trippaio di Sant'Ambrogio (Mon-Sat: 7am–2pm), serves good authentic Florentine lampredotto cooked in various ways. Convenient, no-frills, affordable. Due to the fatty cow's stomach, the taste is very unique, and they'll spice it up on request. Feel free to grab a cup and pour your red wine from the massive bottle on the counter (though you do pay for the glasses you drink).

If you like to mingle with locals, get lots of free samples, and have an authentic Tuscan food experience, Mercato Sant'Ambrogio is your best bet.

Opening Hours:
Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat: 7am–2pm; Wed, Fri: 7am–7pm

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Sight Name: Sant'Ambrogio Market
Sight Location: Florence, Italy
Sight Type: Food/Drink
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