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Sant'Ambrogio Market (Mercato di Sant'Ambrogio)
Sant'Ambrogio Market (Mercato di Sant'Ambrogio)

Sant'Ambrogio Market (Mercato di Sant'Ambrogio)

Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Piazza Ghiberti, Florence, Tuscany

The Basics

This bustling market is packed with stalls that sell many of the same sorts of items seen at the Florence’s larger and more famous Central Market (Mercato Centrale)—fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, cheese, fish, cured and fresh meats, spices, and household items—but with fewer tourists. It’s a charming spot to stroll through, especially as part of a Florence street food walking tour.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Florence

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Kicked off our vacation with the perfect food/market tour!
mmcgonegle, Jan 2020
Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Morning Food Tour Of Sant’Ambrogio Market
Stefania was an amazing tour guide, she took us through Market food tasting in Sant' Ambrogio and it was fantastic! My whole family, 6 of us, hands down loved it and would recommend it! This was a great way to kick off the vacation, we got a sense of where to purchase our food for the house we stayed in!
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Our guide Isabelle was fantastic. If...
JB, Dec 2017
Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Morning Food Tour Of Sant’Ambrogio Market
Our guide Isabelle was fantastic. If you book this walk, get her as your guide, she is the best.
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Excellent tour, great guide who even...
Bernadette G, Oct 2017
Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Morning Food Tour Of Sant’Ambrogio Market
Excellent tour, great guide who even stopped to help a tourist who was missing a guide, you don't usually see that they just say not my tour well done LUCA you are a champion. He was very knowledgeable and the food really great lots of it made sure everyone was happy and knew what each taste was all about, even threw in some site information too thanks Luca great start to a day
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This was a fun and informative tour...
Joanne D, Jun 2017
Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Morning Food Tour Of Sant’Ambrogio Market
This was a fun and informative tour. We went to several markets, tasted a lot of yummy things from chocolate to cheese and meat. We stopped for pastries and coffee or chocolate, which was paid for as part of the tour. Isabella was our guide, and she was helpful and answered our many questions. I would highly recommend this tour.
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This was a wonderful tour. Linda...
Cindy S, Jul 2017
Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Morning Food Tour Of Sant’Ambrogio Market
This was a wonderful tour. Linda, our guide, lead us through Florence telling us the history while sampling the local cuisine. She didn't rush us through our tour but leisurely strolled through the streets of Florence. It was obvious that she loves her job and loves sharing her city with people. I highly recommend this tour. It is worth every cent.
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What a blast! Lots of fun and...
Monica, Jun 2017
Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Morning Food Tour Of Sant’Ambrogio Market
What a blast! Lots of fun and interesting variety of food stops along the way. Our guide was superb.
star-4
Our tour guide, Francesca, was very...
Julie J, Jun 2016
Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Morning Food Tour Of Sant’Ambrogio Market
Our tour guide, Francesca, was very knowledgeable and accommodating. We enjoyed the food - especially interested in the last spot with small sandwiches. The market was great and enjoyed going to the grocery store with our guide. So much food!
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Chiara was a terrific guide and we...
traceylasz, Aug 2016
Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Morning Food Tour Of Sant’Ambrogio Market
Chiara was a terrific guide and we had a very positive tour of Florence in general, and the food scene in particular. The tour had a very personal feeling as it was only me and my husband and two other guests. This was a nice way to get oriented to the city and to start to understand some of the various aspects of Tuscan food and dining.
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Our Florence market and deli walk...
jamie m, Aug 2016
Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Morning Food Tour Of Sant’Ambrogio Market
Our Florence market and deli walk will stay in our hearts forever. We sampled local cheeses, meats, pastries, breads and cappuccino at local delis as well as indoor and outdoor markets. We loved our guide, Linda. She is amazing. We learned and saw much more than I expected! Dad, Mom and daughter all LOVED it!
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Thank you Linda! So much fun. The...
Vickie J, Oct 2016
Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Morning Food Tour Of Sant’Ambrogio Market
Thank you Linda! So much fun. The food was great and the gentleman at the meat market was a treasure we will always remember. I also loved hearing about the history of the buildings on this tour, as well as, being away from the crowded touristy streets.
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Fabulous way to navigate the San...
SLAbruzzo, Nov 2016
Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Morning Food Tour Of Sant’Ambrogio Market
Fabulous way to navigate the San Lorenzo Food market. Lots of tasty treats and the guide was informative and entertaining. We met at the site of the original Florence food markets and took a stroll over to San Lorenzo. It is well worth visiting and this tour made it that much better!
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We lucked out and had an almost...
Crystal S, Sep 2016
Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Morning Food Tour Of Sant’Ambrogio Market
We lucked out and had an almost private tour. Our guide was very good and we learned a lot while being out of the crowds. Highly recommended!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A tour of the Sant’Ambrogio Market can be fun for kids who may need a break from the more sedated cultural treasures of Florence.

  • If you are visiting as part of a walking tour, be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

  • The market is in a level square, so it’s easy to navigate with a wheelchair or stroller.

  • As in all crowded markets, it’s a good idea to be aware of pickpockets.

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How to Get There

The Sant’Ambrogio Market is located on the corner of Piazza Ghiberti, just opposite the Trattoria da Rocco in the Santa Croce neighborhood, about a 10-minute walk from the train station. Florence is a rail hub in central Italy, with high-speed routes connecting from Rome, Venice, and Milan.

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When to Get There

The Sant’Ambrogio Market is open Monday through Saturday from 7am until 2pm, and the earlier you visit, the better. Like all Italian markets, Sant’Ambrogio specializes in seasonal produce and the offerings change from week to week.

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Visiting the Nearby San Lorenzo Market

Another well-known Florentine shopping venue is the San Lorenzo Market, where travelers come to purchase Tuscany’s famous leather.

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