Mercato Nuovo, Florence
Open air market in a loggia with about 2 dozen stalls and vendors. Built 1547-1551 by Giovanni Battista del Tasso. The market is locally known as the ‘Porcellino' (swine) because of the fountain by Pietro Tacca, 1612. Be sure to rub Il Porcellino's nose. Legend has it that if you rub his nose, you will return to Florence.
What to buy: Leather goods, souvenirs, clothing
Mercato Nuovo translates to "new market" and this is quite appropriate name for this 16th-century center of commerce and trade, which mainly trades on tacky made-in-China souvenirs for tourists. An attraction within the market are is the Fontana del Porcellino (Piglet Fountain), which is Florence's answer to Rome's Trevi Fountain. Rub the piglet's snout and throw coin in the fountain and you are destined to return to Florence. And many tourists actually do this!
Mercato Nuovo means new market. The building dates from 1547-1551. It was built to sell silk and other luxery goods.
These days you can buy souvenirs and leatherware at this market.
during winter closed on sunday and monday.
Silk and some goods for luxury were selling there, hundreds years ago. You can find leather, bags, souvenirs, gifts and many more nowadays. Lodge is not big at all and there are 15+ street shops to buy something.
There is another famous Florence thing just behind the building at south side; Il Porcellino (boar)
What to buy: Many bags that you can see everywhere in the city, marbles, silk clothes, leather jackets etc.
Ooooh. Look for the boar's head statue. This plaza is packed with stalls of all types of leather goods. I bought a beautiful leather purse and could have easily bought more had my husband not been standing behind me the whole time. When will guys learn that yes you do need more than one purse. And just because you have one leather jacket at home doesn't mean you don't need another. Especially when it's fabulous italian leather. Seriously there are some good deals here. Just pay attention to what your buying. My purse was marked 70 euros and the vendor offered it to me for 55 euros cash. Maybe I could have bargained more but it was definately a deal at 55 euros. I often think back longingly of the Mercato Nuovo. Sigh. Why don't they have these in San Francisco?
Near Orsanmichele and Piazza della Repubblica is the Mercato Nuovo, held under an old loggia. This sells the same things as the other markets, but it is in a very central location for tourists. I saw lots of scarves and tourist trinkets, as well as clothing items for sale. The ambiance of the old covered marketplace and loggia sets this market apart from the rest.
And be sure to rub the boar’s snout for good luck while there!
This is a typical Florentine market where you can find all sorts of craft objects.
It was built in 1547-51 following the plans of Tasso.