San Lorenzo Market, Florence

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    San Lorenzo Market: Most fun in Florence

    by EllenH Written Nov 20, 2004

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    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

    the market goes on and on
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    San Lorenzo Market: Leather goods and Florentine Souvenirs

    by jmhenry1123 Written Oct 14, 2004

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    Whether you are looking for that knock off prada purse or a really nice leather jacket, you will find it here along with an assortment of other fine Florentine items in the San Lorenzo Market. This airy market is a great part of Florence.

    What to buy: Leather goods
    Florentine paper and bound books
    Silks, scarves
    Figurines of David and Pinocchio.

    What to pay: Negotiable depending on the item

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    San Lorenzo Market: Hot Buys at San Lorenzo Market

    by geeyook Updated Jul 20, 2004

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    Located next to the San Lorenzo Church is a busy marketplace with over 100 stalls peddling leather goods, clothing, jewelry, ceramics, designer goods and designer knock offs at low prices.

    What to buy: Leather good, clothes, jewelry

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    Mercato Centrale: Get to the market for the astmosphere and food!

    by MarvintheMartian Updated Mar 1, 2004

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    The whole San Lorenzo area is great all sorts of shopping from ties, leather goods and tacky t-shirts!
    Of course be aware that not everything is at bargain prices and if you look around the corner from the prominent stalls you may find better prices. You can bargain a bit as well.
    The large square building is the Mercato Centrale and is on two floors. Much of the downstairs is devoted to meat, cheese and general food shops, upstairs is mostly fruit and veg.

    What to buy: Cheese - they will vacume pack for you!
    Dried meats.
    Porcini mushrooms - check quality around the stalls.
    New olive oil and maninated olives.
    Fresh coffee (beans or ground).
    Also have an expresso in one of the various small cafes - probably the cheapest and best you'll find in the area!
    I almost forgot to mention the candied fruit (all sorts of varieties).

    What to pay: Best prices for cheese, meat etc, unless you go somewhere more obscure!

    Some fruit?
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    San Lorenzo Market: A maze of a market!

    by Swish Updated Dec 7, 2003

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    This market is fantastic - it sprawls and branches off, with goods from leather to gaudy souveneirs, ladies/mens fashion to jewellery. The leather shops here are fantastic, just be sure to bargain hard!! There are also great vintage clothing stalls and the best thing is that it surrounds the fantastic mercato centrale!! (refer to other tip!)

    What to buy: Leather, jewellery, clothes, shoes, food, wine!!! The list goes on, I only wish I hadn't been so frugal and bough more!

    What to pay: It ranges...but a lot of the items are middle of the range to bottom end in quality and prices...

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  • San Lorenzo Market: San Lorenzo Market Shopping Made Quick and Easy

    by Jacqueli Updated Oct 26, 2003

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    After just returning from "beautiful" Florence I would say that San Lorenzo market is a convenient and fun way to shop in Italy. It is reasonably priced and one of the best deals out of all of the places that I visited in Italy. We were in Pisa (good leather prices but seedy people). Rome didn't have that much shopping and it was not cheap. The only thing about San Lorenzo market that I was surprised about was that the vendors are not all so quick to bargain with you. If you like something and they will not come down in price then GO TO ANOTHER VENDOR NEXT DOOR WHO WILL HAVE THE SAME THING AND WHO WILL BARGAIN WITH YOU. Once you say that you will pay in cash they should cut the price at least 2 Euros. If not, go somewhere else. There are so many vendors that you will find the item and price that you want.

    What to buy: In Florence at San Lorenzo Market I would purchase leather gloves, pocketbooks, scarves (pashminas), silk ties, belts, and shoes. The jewelry (if you are from New York and go to Canal Street) is not a good deal. they sell most of it on the Ponte Vecchio bridge and it is not cheap. Wine is also a good deal. U.S. citizens can only bring home 1 or 2 bottles. So drink it while you are there. The Chianti is great and because it is so fresh there are no preservatives so you will not get a headache. It is also a great deal. 4 or 5 euros will buy you a great bottle of Chianti!!!!!

    What to pay: Gloves with a cashmire lining should cost no more than 20 to 25 Euros. You may even get a better deal if you keep trying. Pashminas should cost about 15-20 Euros at San Lorenzo market. They have people selling them everywhere.

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    San Lorenzo Market

    by HORSCHECK Updated Aug 7, 2003

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    Florence has many interesting inside and outside markets. One of the most famous is the San Lorenzo Market in the centre of Florence.

    What to buy: Food is offered inside the central market building; all other goods like clothing, shoes and leather are offered on the street market.

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    Florence Market

    by Nexus7 Updated May 26, 2003

    I'm not one for shopping, but the market place in Florence is very nice and you can really find good stuff and not just crap. Especially leather goods. I bought a lamb skin leather jacket that was done in a European cut, for $125. It would easily sell for twice that in America. No joke. It is at least worth a look in my opinion.

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    San Lorenzo Market: Famous Leather!!

    by kcochran111 Updated Apr 18, 2003

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    The San Lorenzo Market is going strong every day of the week, but you may want to save this shopping for Sunday when the rest of Florence's stores are closed. San Lorenzo offers an open-air selection of goods ranging from leather purses and shoes, to Florentine stationary and crafts. Wander into the leather shops behind the stalls to find the best selection of quality leather coats at reasonable prices.

    What to buy: Beautiful stationary decorated with signature Florentine floral and peacock designs make lovely (and affordable) souvenirs and gifts. You can also find nice leather-bound items embossed with the Florentine fleur-di-lis.

    Knock-off designer purses, watches, and sunglasses can also be bought from friendly Albanians, as long as you don't mind your Gucci spelled with an "o" instead of a "u".

    What to pay: Anywhere from 1euro to 100+ depending on the item in question.

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    San Lorenzo Street Market: If you need to shop for your gifts...

    by Sarita76 Written Mar 12, 2003

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    The area around San Lorenzo is probably the busiest in Florence. During the day, street vendors sell anything from t-shirts to leather goods. The Central Market (Mercato Centrale) is housed inside a large building designed in the 19th century.

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    The Famous San Lorenzo Street Market: The Place in Florence to Buy Leather

    by guell Updated Feb 8, 2003

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    As my guidebook says "the most fun you'll have leather shopping is without a doubt at the outdoor stalls of the San Lorenzo market, even if the market is rife with mediocre goods."

    Haggle hard because the prices are purposely inflated. If you’re good, you can barter them down to almost half the original asking price.

    What to buy: Anything leather. We bought a couple of scarfs as well.

    The outdoor San Lorenzo Street Market

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    San Lorenzo market: Italian Street Fashion

    by va8eha Written Sep 20, 2002

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    A winding street filled with tons of local vendors selling leather knock-offs and local goods. Good for people watching, cheap goods, and colorful photos.

    What to buy: Leather shoes, leather belts, leather jackets . . . and did I mention leather??? :)

    What to pay: Depends on how good you are at bargaining? Unless you're like me, and you mistakenly try to offer the guy more than what he just quoted you. :)

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    San Lorenzo Market: tons to choose from!

    by kazander Updated Feb 22, 2004

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    There is so much at this market. It's a great place to pick up souveniers or gifts. I bought my suede jacket here when I was in highschool (see pic) and I was able to bargain the price down by $40.

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