San Lorenzo



If you don’t browse around the crowded market of San Lorenzo, you can’t say you’ve truly visited Florence. Around the market you can find everything: clothes, leather goods, hand-made creations and souvenirs. The central market is the best place to buy typical food or just a snack. San Lorenzo is part of the Medici family’s history: while wandering around the market you will find the powerful Florentine family’s palace, the library and the mausoleum.



Losing yourself in the old market means finding time for shopping. A walk around San Lorenzo takes you into a microcosm of objects of every kind and a mix of history, tourism and tradition.



Florence is the city of details. Take two more steps into Piazza San Lorenzo and you may find something interesting between the ancient buildings and streets that hide unique stories and details unknown to most.



Take a look at the church. It is the most ancient in the city. Be careful, appearances can be deceiving. The simple façade hides incredible surprises. The best gift you can give yourself is to take some time to climb the stairs and venture inside, discovering secrets of the Medici within.



Lines of market stalls are overflowing with traditional objects, unique finds, and some classically kitsch tourist souvenirs. In short, be careful not to lose yourself in the tangled streets, lanes and alleys.



San Lorenzo is rich with windows, people in constant movement, strong scents, activity, salesmen and intertwining languages. Although at times a bit crowded and seedy, San Lorenzo retains her original charm.



Enjoy a quick stop to taste some typical Tuscan products, or a reading between market shopping and a museum visit. Let the contrasts of San Lorenzo overtake you.



Advice for foodies: entering the “Mercato Centrale,” or Central Market, better eats are found inside. You won’t want for choices here. Stop and do some grocery shopping in the large market. There’s no doubt: between fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats, you’ll find everything you need for any great Florentine recipe.



Stop and do some grocery shopping in the large market. There’s no doubt: between fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats, you’ll find everything you need for any great Florentine recipe.




And if hunger strikes while you’re walking through the neighborhood? No problem, roast pork for lunch today. No, maybe tripe.. actually lets try lampredotto. Don’t worry, culinary indecision is allowed here. In fact, it’s required.




In the heat of the sun, everything changes. The hustle and bustle go away, leaving space for soft light, hidden restaurants, and intimacy. Don’t you feel just a bit more romantic tonight?




Without the crowd it’s a whole other story. Now you can enjoy San Lorenzo in the night hours, an experience decidedly alternative and surprising.