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Loggia del Mercato Nuovo
From 1547 to 1551, a new market place of the town was built here in a sguare ground plan designed by G.B. del Tasso. The Loggia del Mercato Nuovo is a basic structure on the square. Mercato Nuovo is a characteristic market of typically Fiorentine craft objects, leather in the first place. Besides leather clothes, here you can buy high quality bags which are, however, not cheaper then those in the nearby shops.
Famous Fiorentine Porcellino stands at the south side of the loggia. Il Porcellino (piglet) is a local nickname for a bronze figure of a boar which makes a part of the fountain. The fountain was sculped and cast in 1634 by Baroque sculptor Pietro Tacca. The original Tacca's bronze boar is sheltered now in the Museo Bardini.
The original bronze figure, today is display in the Uffizi Museum. It was found in Rome and removed to Florence in the mid-16th century by the Medici.
Visitors of Il Porcellino rub the boar's snout to ensure a return to Florence, it is why boar's snout is in a state of polished sheen.
The Mercato Nuovo is a kind of open-air market and souvenir stall housed under 16th century loggia. The market, which is only a couple blocks from the Ponte Vecchio, originally sold silk, baskets, and straw hats, but nowadays there are leather bags and souvenirs. The main gathering place here is at Il Porcellino, a bronze wild boar statue made in the 17th century. Legend has it that rubbing the pig’s nose guarantees a return to Florence. This is a great place to shop for leather goods (or souvenirs) in the city.
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CARROCCIO / BATTLEWAGON
FLORENCE LIKE MOST CITYS IN THE MIDDLE AGES HAD A BATTLEWAGON WHICH WENT INTO BATTLE WITH THE ARMY CALLED A CARROCCIO WHICH WAS DRAWN BY SIX WHITE OXEN , A MAST HELD UP A CRUCIFIX AND FLEW A BATTLE STANDARD, THE WAGON ALSO CARRIED A ALTER TO SAY MASS AND A BELL TO SEND SIGNALS ACROSS THE BATTLE FIELD OVER THE NOISE OF THE BATTLE .
TO LOSE YOUR CARROCCIO WAS THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN TO A CITY FIESOLE LOST THEIRS TO FLORENCE
FLORENCE CARROCCIO WAS KEPT IN THE MERCATO NUOVO WHICH WAS BULIT BY COSIMO IN THE 1500'S IN TIMES OF PEACE
The Mercato Nuevo is a popular street market that dates from the 11th century and has probably the busiest stalls in the city selling bags, belts, shoes -- everything, in fact, that your wardrobe might need. You can also find a variety of Deli’s to have a fairly inexpensive lunch or snack
The new market area is one of the most energetic of the city. This is close to being the epicenter for all of the high-end designer shops, like Prada, Gucci, Ferragamo, Zegna, Armani, etc. Then in the middle of all these extravangly priced stores is the cheap Mercato Nuovo, with its lucky pig. All the normal market things are sold here, but be sure to rub the snout of the pig statue for good luck!
The open air market
A unique blend of vendors selling a wide range of goods from leather products to replica jerseys (as in the picture) the market located in Piazza Della Repubblica is a great place to spend an hour or two, and maybe find a unique item at a good price. The boar in this picture is said to bring good luck if you rub its nose.
Be careful what you purchase, while there are many good deals, many of the brand name goods are immitation products, while many are high quality there are some that are not.
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