I'm a healthy eater and I like what goes into my tummy to be as natural as possible. That being said, Mercato Centrale (the Central Market) has become one of my favorite places here in Firenze. AND, even better, you can get a week's worth of fresh fruit for about €3 ($4--and for those of you who know how cheap I am, you know that this was fantastic news for me!). Some things, like fresh pasta, balsamic vinegar and olive oil are more expensive but, hey, you get what you pay for.
This market has existed for hundreds of years (since the time Florence was to be the capital of Italy) and I would say that no trip to Florence, or blog written about one, would be complete without it.
|Il Mercato Centrale|
|The main produce section.|
|Yep. That's all biscotti!|
|Fresh Pasta/gnocchi anyone?|
|Frutta secca! (Dried fruit!) Yum!|
|Balsamic vinegar and wine|
|Trippa (Pronounced TREE-PUH. We call it tripe.)|
|They sell the most gorgeous flowers here!|