San Lorenzo Market
San Lorenzo market is by some way the largest of the markets in Florence with the greates variety of products and goods. The stalls here display every imaginable kind of souvenir, leather goods, bags, scarves, shoes and clothes. Always popular with both tourists and locals one can find bargain prices but not necessarily the best quality goods.
Florence is famous for being a major producer of leather goods and the San Lorenzo leather Market one of the best places to find relatively cheap products. The stall holders are required to pay a high price for their pitch, in some cases even taking out a mortgage on it, and so are very unlikey to take the risks of selling fake goods. However, the illegal street vendors without a stall have no such investment to lose and that Gucci bag going for €20 will not be the real McCoy.
Many market stalls also have a shop, using their stall as a kind of sidewalk goods display to entice in shoppers. Again, with shops you can feel secure that the items you are buying are real leather as they are inspected often by the authorities. That said, the quality of goods within the market can vary widely.
The market is found 5 minutes walk North East of the Duomo.
San Lorenzo market is open daily from 9am til 7pm