San Lorenzo Market, Florence

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    San Lorenzo Market: Truffles, black and white

    by painterdave Written Jan 26, 2014

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    Just ten steps away from Nerbone Sandwich Shop, just around the corner is where you want to shop for truffles. They have both types, and many sizes to fit your budget.
    The worker, you see him in the photo, was quite helpful and tried to answer all my questions about his truffles.

    What to buy: Truffles.....

    What to pay: They are expensive, of course, but less that in a large shop in the center.

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    San Lorenzo Market: Treasure Hunt

    by goodfish Updated Nov 9, 2012

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    If you scamper off to visit San Lorenzo and Medici Chapels, spare some time to cruise the outdoor market around the church. Purveyors of leather goods, scarves, T-shirts, jewelry, shoes and assorted tchotchkes line both sides of Via dell’Ariento on Tuesdays through Saturdays and is a great place to pick up reasonably-priced treasures to bring home for yourself or the folks back home. This is a crowd-heavy spot so do hang onto your valuables, and please heed posted warnings not to purchase illegal knockoffs from wandering hawkers or those with goods displayed on the pavement.

    What to buy: The market is particularly heavy on Italian-made leather products: bags, wallets, belts, bound journals, jackets, etc.

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    San Lorenzo Market: Bargain or Browse.

    by SullyBiz Updated May 9, 2012

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    We walked through this open air market a few times just to browse on our way to other things. It was actually nice just to flow along with the rest of the bargain hunters through the endless stalls and down side streets in all directions. This is a great place to pick up gifts and souvenirs.

    It can be a tougher to barter here vs other markets in the world. Some vendors just won't budge. But you have to realize that if one vendor won't bend another one two stalls down has the same exact merchandise. You can't be timid when it comes to bargaining. They do this for a living and they know when they have you. It can't hurt to try to save yourself a few bucks.

    What to buy: The main purchases you can make here are of leather goods, handbags, jewelry, knick knacks, clothing, belts, and scarves, although there is much more. The quality and assortment of goods ranges quite a bit and prices can vary between 2 to 200 e. I definitely walked away with a very cheap (price and quality) mini statue while my friend left with a gorgeous and expensive leather coat.

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    San Lorenzo Market: Silk Scarves, Capes, Leather Gloves

    by ForestqueenNYC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I love the central market, but I never buy leather goods there. The quality if not the best. But you can pick up some beautiful silk scarves that are inspired by Hermes, Chanel, Ferragamo, and other designers that are really beautiful. Make sure the hems are rolled.

    My favorite stores in the San Lorenzo Market are Belinda's for scarves and BIVA for capes and pashimas. Belinda's is a stall and BIVA is an actual store behind a stall. I do not have the exact address but it is on the same side as the central market . Belinda's is on the side of the church.

    What to buy: You can also buy beautiful capes and pashimas in fabulous colors. I picked up several the last time I was there. I wanted to bring more home, but I was already over the weight limit on Easy Jet.

    The exception to my no buy leather rule are the gloves. They come in all kinds of bright colors. I would buy those because they are not very expensive and unless they are black or dark brown they are going to be dirty in two wearings and ready for the trash anyway. So I call them disposable gloves.

    The florentine paper products are also nice.

    What to pay: I paid less than 20 euros for the silk scarves.

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    San Lorenzo Market: Leather, leather, leather

    by Donna_in_India Updated Jul 5, 2009

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    Shopping in San Lorenzo Market

    The Mercato di San Lorenzo probably has the best leather and clothes bargains in town. Most visitors to Florence make a stop here. The vendors are not overly-aggressive and all I encountered spoke English. You can pick up all kinds of leather goods - coats, wallets, belts, etc, souvenirs, hats, ties, t-shirts, jewellery, etc.

    The quality was good - but do compare quality and prices between stalls as they do vary. I bought a perfect small leather backpack-purse that has served me well for years. A good place to wander, the market is open all day.

    The covered portion of the market sells brightly colored fruits and vegetables, as well as other foods.

    While in the area be sure to visit the church of San Lorenzo/Cappelle Medicee.

    Hours:

    2nd Sunday March - 1st Sunday November: daily 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    Monday after 1st Sunday November - Saturday before 2nd Sunday March: Tuesday - Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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    San Lorenzo Market: shopping in Florence

    by cinthya_in_victoria Written Jan 7, 2009

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    Designers vs St. Lorenzo. Winner: St. Lorenzo!

    This is a huge market! Here you find souvenirs, leather, clothing, shoes, David's memorabilia.... and so on.

    I didn't buy anything, I just walked along it and took a view of the stuff being sold in there.
    There are boxers with David's middle area printed on them, but I could see a few printed in high dimensions!! you may guess what I'm talking about hehe!

    Overall it was a great place to hang out and meet some locals. Italian guys are very cute, friendly and always helpful with the toursts.

    What to buy: Boots! my sister was about to buy a pair of black ones, they were expensive but if you can afford it, go ahead!

    What to pay: Prices were so so, of course depending on what you want to buy. Just make sure the product has good quality.

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    San Lorenzo Market: Market

    by lina112 Written Oct 17, 2008

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    The Market of san Lorenzo, situated in the center of the city, is the prefered destination of tourists. Here you find lots of staff, bags and jackets made of leather, jewellry, souvenirs, the famous vetenian mask, Murano´s glass and much more. The market open in the morning about 9 am and closes at 7 pm aprox.

    El mercado de San Lorenzo está situado en el centro de la ciudad y es el preferido por los turistas. Aquí encontraras de todo desde bolsos y chaquetas de pieles, platería, souvenirs, las famosas mascaras del carnaval de venecia, cristal de Murano y muchas mas cosas. El mercado está desde por la mañana hasta las 7 de la tarde.

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    San Lorenzo Market: Around Il Centro Mercato

    by deebum25 Updated Sep 28, 2008

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    This is not a shop it is more a street fair that has everything for sale. I bought a wonderful wool cape for 30 euro. Everything is available from shoes to clothes to accessories to briefcases and toys and just about everything you could ever want. Wonderful place to bargain.

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    San Lorenzo Market: Leather, leather, and more leather!

    by nyonnetti Written Dec 11, 2007

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    We shopped in the San Lorenzo market for hours, bargaining over leather and jewelry like I never bargained before. The prices were very good considering we seen some of the same jewelry and purses in Venice for twice as much. I wish I would have gotten more, but now I know for the next time!

    What to buy: Leather is everywhere and can be very pricey in the stores versus the outdoor market vendors. Either way it all looked great to me and I found some awesome wallets and purses for myself and my family. Jewelry is also plentiful, mainly murano glass and costume jewelry. They had a lot of scarves and neck ties available as well for very reasonable prices.

    What to pay: Prices vary depending on the quality of the product. You could get leather coats for 500 Euro or 100 Euro. I found a cute leather purse for 24 Euro and wallets for 20 Euro each. The murano jewelry ranged from 5-15 euro each.

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    San Lorenzo Market: Learn to Bargain

    by SJTravel Written Jul 28, 2007

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    San Lorenzo Market is a fun market filled with all sorts of goods. It is a good place to buy souvenirs. They have plent of tshirts, hats, jewelry, and other souvenir-type things. One thing I did notice is that there were some vendors who were selling Venitian/Murano Glass jewelry in bulk, 3 pieces for 10 euros. The quality of some of those pieces were not as great as what you would get in Venice. If you are going to Venice, I would get it in Venice. Some of the other sellers who were not selling in bulk had better quality Venitian jewelry and it was resonably priced. It may not be as great a deal or the variety that you would get in Venice, but if you are not going to Venice then the stuff in Florence isn't a bad deal. My recommendation would be the leather and the Italy/Florence paraphernalia.

    What to buy: Florence is known for its leather. And the San Lorenzo market is a good place to buy your leather goods. The vendors have excellent prices on their goods and some of the stuff is of excellent quality. There is a woman who sells close to the church there. I am unsure of her name, but her stuff is excellent quality and she has great prices. My friend bought a couple purses from her and a wallet for a great deal. The reason that my friend went to her was because she saw some Italians and some other locals going to her to get their leather. And my friend figured that she was pretty reliable.

    What to pay: Many vendors sell similar things to each other, so they will gladly bargain with you. If you are buying more than one of something, you will most likely be able to talk down the individual price of each as well.

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    San Lorenzo Market: This place was INCREDIBLE - San Lorenzo Market

    by dashofsunshine Written Jul 22, 2007

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    I really didn't know what to put for the "appropriate type" for this, considering they had EVERYTHING at the market. Quite literally. Sunglasses, ties, scarves, aprons, artwork, ceramics, knock off purses, leather coats of every kind, little clothing shops on the outskirts, jewelry, shoes...the list goes on and on. Of all the shopping we did in Italy, I bought the most from San Lorenzo. Be sure you barter for a good price...all you really have to do is walk away, and they will lower their asking - they are fully aware that there is another stall down the street with virtually the same bag or jacket. I bought a Prada bag for about 35 euros, and it's a REALLY good knock off. In terms of sunglasses, it is technically illegal to buy from the "street" vendors [the ones that carry their stuff around with them], but truth be told, they really do have the best knock offs out there.

    What to pay: Don't pay more than about 40-50 euros for a designer bag...ties are usually 3 for 6 euros, and I found that the sunglass vendors would not go lower than 10 euros a pair.

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    San Lorenzo Market: About everything

    by Alex_71 Written Nov 6, 2006

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    In the san lorenzo's market you can find about everything about dresses,shoes,t-shirts,leather,bags.It's a very good area where you can check if there is somethng u are interested about.You can confrontate prices and i'm sure you'll find what u are sarching for

    What to buy: Most of all you can buy t-shirts,bags and shoes...but there are also other interesting thngs to watch and buy

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    Rinaldi Roberto: Florentine Wood

    by TRimer Updated Aug 2, 2005

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    Market

    It is a stand in the Mercato di San Lorenzo.

    What to buy: Florentine Wood boxes. The technique of laying burnished gold leaf onto prepared wood surfaces was developed in Medieval Florence. Its opulent ornamentation was inspired by the churches of the day, and was initially used in religious picture frames. It was during the Renaissance that this style became secularized, and used in the making of decorative wood boxes. The art of gold gilding has been handed down from that time to present, and is still produced with the same techniques in Florence.

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    San Lorenzo Market: Well....it looks like Leather....

    by sue_stone Written Nov 24, 2004

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    shoppers at the leather market

    There is a large leather market in the San Lorenzo area of Florence, located 5 -10 mins walk from the Duomo.

    Here you can browse through stall after stall of handbags, leather jackets, belts etc and other clothing and gifts.

    I have been to the market a few times and it has always been really crowded - so please keep your belongings close to you!

    What to buy: Leather goods of course....well I think they are all leather....though some items are sooooo cheap compared to the "proper" shops.

    My sister had fallen in love with a leather jacket in a shop that was a few hundred euros. Then she saw an "identical" jacket at the market for around 80 euros - sold!!!

    No one back home needs to know anymore than "this is the jacket I bought in Florence"!!

    Handbags were good too....I was tempted but a lack of spare room in my suitcase held me back!!

    What to pay: Alot cheaper than the shops - just be careful of the quality you are buying.

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    San Lorenzo Market: Most fun in Florence

    by EllenH Written Nov 20, 2004

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    the market goes on and on

    I have been to Florence three times and all three times I have loved the San Lorenzo market. I do not even need to buy anything, I just love to be there.

    What to buy: Leather, I wish I would have come home with a new jacket.

    What to pay: 100-200 euros

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