Shop and eat like the locals do by visiting a market in Florence, such as Mercato Sant’Ambrogio, during a Florence cooking class or on our Florence for the Food Lover culinary vacation. While the merchants here sell everything from furniture to crafts and clothing, they also sell a range of food ingredients and products, including vegetables and fruit (seasonal of course), pastries, meats, cheeses, seafood, and a whole lot more. In other words, navigate this famous market – which you can visit during a Florence cooking class with a number of different chefs– to buy whatever Italian ingredients or foods your heart desires!
Originally designed in 1873 by architect Giuseppe Mengoni, today the market in Piazza Ghiberti is located in both an open air and indoor market, where you can find the locals every day except Sunday when the stalls are closed. While it’s an experience just going to the market to people watch before your Florence cooking class — and see merchants hawk and bargain their wares — there is so much to taste and explore in this authentic market.
During our Florence cooking classes, Chef Barbara will happily guide you through the stalls and provide tips on how to best choose ingredients (as well as bargain for them) prior to heading to the kitchen to cook. Our Tuscany tour – Colors and Savors in Florence – also passes through the market during a gourmet walking and historical tour. And last but not least, our cooking vacation Florence for the Food Lover stops at the famous market during a tour of the city, so you can taste some of the best local products in all of Tuscany.
Find out why this is one of our favorites markets in Florence, and discover it with a local on a Florence cooking class or culinary tour with The International Kitchen.
By Liz Hall
Sign up to receive our newsletter, which includes travel tips, recipes, promotions, and information on our best cooking vacations.