We understand that shopping fundamentally flies in the face of our Florence for Free mantra, but you’d miss a major part of Italian culture if you didn’t explore the country’s many open-air markets! Brimming with charming antiques, fresh fruits, and homemade soaps, each bazaar is a feast for the senses. Of course, buying something is not a requirement – but if you can’t resist a souvenir, we completely understand.
Chances are you’ll stumble across one of these markets during a leisurely stroll, but if you’re actively seeking a dose of delightful Italian gems, we’ve got a list here that covers almost every Florentine neighborhood.
Farmers’ Market | Fridays, 8am – 2pm | Piazza della Libertà
Local produce, meats, and wines from the hills of Tuscany. Need we say more?
Fiesole Antiques Market | First Saturday and Sunday of the month | Piazza Mino da Fiesole
If you’ve hiked up to this charming hill town or simply hopped the #7 bus, you’ll understand that this picturesque piazza is perfect for hosting an open-air market.
Porcellino Market (Mercato Nuovo) | Daily | Loggia del Porcellino
Favorite Italian goods – think scarves and purses – at downtown prices. We also think it’s a great place to wait out a rainstorm.
San Lorenzo Market | Daily | Piazza San Lorenzo
*Attention: This market has been indefinitely moved from Piazza San Lorenzo. Some vendors are still open in or have moved to Piazza del Mercato Centrale. The Florentine provides more information.
Arguably Florence’s most famous market. The aisles are filled with salesmen hawking their wares and begging for you to haggle with them. Try as you might to ignore their whistles, the leather goods spilling from their stalls make it difficult to pass through without a trinket or two.
Flower Market | Every Thursday morning from September through June | Piazza della Repubblica
How to improve upon a beautiful city square with gourmet cafes and a merry-go-round? Line it with rows of vibrant flowers! Scoop up a dozen to brighten up you next dinner party.
Mercato Centrale | Daily | Piazza del Mercato Centrale
“As your eyes draw you to the pastries, your nose begs you to sample the spices, and your ears ask to find out what the butcher is shouting about.” Are you hooked yet? Hannah offers the best way to eat for “free” at Florence’s most official food market.
Sant’Ambrogio Market | Daily | Piazza Ghiberti
The mother of all food markets. Both indoor and outdoor, everything from local produce to gourmet meats and cheeses are up for sale. One of the harder fairs to browse without buying something – don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Ciompi Market | Monday thru Saturday & the last Sunday of the month | Piazza dei Ciompi
Vintage junkies, take note: crystal chandeliers, collections of foreign coins, and old maps are only some of the treasures you’ll discover while digging for hand-carved cameos at this visually inspiring fair.
Antiques Market at the Fortezza da Basso | Third Saturday and Sunday of the month | Fortezza gardens
Your third chance this month to add a little antique flair to your home or wardrobe.
Le Cascine | Tuesdays from 7am to 2pm | Le Cascine Park
A flea and farmers’ market rolled into one. Make sure to enjoy the park after exploring the seemingly endless rows of stalls. It’s the perfect way to walk off the Florentine street-food you might’ve just enjoyed.
Santo Spirito Flea Market | Second Sunday of the month | Piazza Santo Spirito
We’ve already mentioned that this piazza is our favorite place to people watch, and all types of lovable characters come out for this monthly event. It’s also a good spot to purchase gently used furniture for your Italian flat.
Lungoungiorno | Second Sunday of the month | Vecchio Conventino
The famous fierucola (see below) teams up with local artists to give customers one-stop shopping for all artisan goods. It’s held in an adorable old convent that aims to be “the heart of artistic crafts in Florence ” – the thought of which makes our hearts skip a beat.
Fierucola | Third Sunday of the month | Piazza Santo Spirito
A market fit for foodies! Fierucola roughly translates to “organic,” so you can expect to find the best of the local harvest here. Think rows of artisan vendors offering tastes of homemade honey, fresh veggies, specialty cheeses, and other finely crafted goods.
…This list gives new meaning to “shop til you drop,” don’t you think? Hey, it never hurt to have just a little look-see, so feel free explore some of the best products that Florence has to offer, ladies and gents! And maybe bring a shopping list – just in case.