Florence market

Florence Markets

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Porcellino Market

mercato nuovoMercato Porcellino is so called because of the bronze statue of a wild boar at its south end. The superstition goes that if you rub the nose of the boar you will be lucky.

The market also goes by another name, Mercato nuovo, the new market despite being held under the Renaissance loggia built some 500 year ago (everything is relative here in Florence). More recently in the 1900's it was known as the Straw Market for the straw hats and wicker baskets sold.

porcellinoThese days the main items on sale are leather goods -belts, jackets, wallets- and scarves. Small souvenirs are availaible but perhaps purchased only for someone you don't very much like. The market is small but compact: a walk past late in the evening when the stalls are rolled away will leave you wondering how it was all packed in.

The market is located on Via Por Santa Maria, the main street that passes by Piazza Repubblica and runs between the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio. Due to its position it receives a large number of tourists each day.