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Florence Travel Guide

Florence is the capital city of the italian region of Tuscany.A centre of medieval European trade and finance, the city is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and was long ruled by the Medici family. Florence is also famous for its magnificent art and architecture.

About Florence

Florence covers an area of 39 square miles (102 sq. Km) and is estimated to have a population of 430.000 people being one of the most visited cities in Italy. The historic centre of Florence was declared a world heritage site by the UNESCO.

The San Lorenzo Market Stalls

These stalls in the area outside the Central Market are numerous and are open every day from 9:00am to 7:00pm (except Mondays in winter). The vendors sell a great variety of products and you could spend hours roaming through them all. Many of the vendors are aggressive but friendly and most speak English quite well. I had been somewhat leery about buying merchandise from these vendors on past trips to Florence because I was never really sure about the quality of the merchandise or if these talented salesmen and women would be ripping me off. But when I toured the stalls with Judy Witts (Divina Cucina), a long time Florence resident, she pointed out that if you looked closely you would find that the quality was generally quite good and many of the stalls also had stores nearby. It was really just a way to reduce overhead and therefore they could offer lower prices.

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