Florence, like most Italian cities, is a haven for fresh and delicious food. Walking the streets and alleys, green markets are as proliferate as Starbucks in North America. Filled with the freshest, in-season produce, and all quite affordable, there is no excuse not to eat your veggies.
With so many markets to choose from, people will usually have a favourite and frequent it for most of their supplies. The Mercato Centrale, with its beautifully laid out stalls on the main floor and food court on the mezzanine, can get quite busy and can be more expensive than smaller markets.
The Mercato delle Cascine is a weekly market held along the Arno River in Parco delle Cascine. It’s quite an elaborate market spanning a kilometre with everything from cheese, eggs and veggies to socks, clothes, toys and live birds. There are also several food stalls with some of the best porchetta sandwiches