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Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm
They say that the whole city looks like an open-air museum and they couldn’t be more accurate. Named after the 3rd-century Christian martyr, the neighborhood of San Lorenzo is a sacred destination combining priceless art treasures in a setting of breathtaking architecture. At the same time, it is one of the busiest districts in Florence, crowded by visitors and locals every single day. Here is our guide with the best things to do and see around.
Reach the Laurentian Library through the entrance at the left of the church’s doorway. It was designed by Michelangelo to house Medici’s collection of manuscripts and books emphasizing the new intellectual status of the family. Among the well-known to be found are the Nahuatl Florentine Codex, the Syriac Rabula Gospels, and the Codex Amiatinus. A visit is highly recommended not only due to its historical importance, but also because of its architectural value, being a great example of Mannerism.
Address & telephone number: Piazza San Lorenzo, 9, Florence, +39 0552937911
The only English theater in Florence, Medici Dynasty Show honors the memory of this legendary family bringing it back to life in a multimedia masterpiece of info-tainment. Attend one of their shows to travel back in time for an hour with the help of traditional costumes and video projections related to the artistic and architectural masterpieces of the era.
Note: Please see website for time schedule
Address & telephone number: Il Fuligno, via Faenza 42. +39 349 1310441
Just behind the open-air market of San Lorenzo, a pleasant surprise is located. Enter the large grey and red building that resembles a train station to find the main daily indoor market of the city, Mercato Centrale. Buy some of the delicious, fresh products varying from fruits and vegetables to cheese and meat, enjoy the atmosphere, and take a lunch break on the first floor where you will find several fascinating food stands.
Ground floor: Mon-Sat: 7am-2pm
First floor: Mon-Sun: 10am-12am
If you are a food lover and want a different experience, Cucina Lorenzo de’ Medici can provide it for you. This cooking school takes place in the Central Market and gives you the unique opportunity to participate in cooking courses held by local chefs, prepare a recipe, get in direct contact with the market’s producers, and learn more about Mediterranean cuisine.
Address & telephone number: Piazza del Mercato Centrale, +39 055 283142
While walking in the area during the evening, you will mostly find quiet streets at first sight. Still, if you need a late afternoon drink, you won’t be diappointed by the variety of nearby bars. Casa del Vino is one of the most well-known places. Stop by the oldest wine bar of Florence and enjoy a glass of excellent Italian wine for some memorable moments.
Address & telephone number: Via dell’Ariento 16/R, Florence, +39 055 215609
Last but not least, since San Lorenzo always gets busy and chaotic, take care of your important stuff while walking through these streets and have fun.