Known for its leather goods, scarves, and central location, Mercato Nuovo is a newer version of the original leather market in San Lorenzo. Nestled under beautiful medieval style arches, you can also find the bronze statue of a wild boar (Il Porcellino), which is why the market is locally known as Mercato Porcellino. Rubbing its nose while dropping a coin from its mouth as you make a wish is said to bring good luck.
Located in the heart of the San Lorenzo neighborhood, this 19th-century indoor market hall, constructed from iron and glass, sells fresh, local ingredients. The surrounding restaurants are its most eager customers, snagging the best quality ingredients for the day’s menu before the rest of the city wakes up, and early bird locals follow shortly after. Italians take their food very seriously, so anything less than perfection won’t do. On the second level of this market is the newly added food court, where you can have your own personal Tuscan tasting of the region’s best local ingredients. It’s essentially a gourmet food court with everything from fancy hamburgersto a full enoteca of the region’s best wines. If you’re looking for a quick lunch with great food and something for everyone, Mercato Centrale’s upper level is a foodie heaven.