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Markets
Weekly open air Markets
There is a market every day but Monday in the Chianti area

Tuesday - Poggibonsi/Figline Valdarno - these are markets for the locals so you will need to use your elbows!
Wednesday - Siena - a large market recommended for shoes, bags, and clothes but get there early, opens around 07.30.
Thursday
Montevarchi - very useful
San Gimignano - don't leave it too late to arrive here it gets very busy
Friday - Colle Val d'Elsa - the market is in the new town, the old town above is well worth a visit too
Saturday
Greve - a delightful market square that buzzes with activity, a pork roast normally arrives at around 10.00 still sizzling on the spit
San Giovanni Valdarno - a large typical Chianti market with much local produce
Sunday - Panzano - small but good, in particular there is a excellent specialist of Tuscan salamis and cheese.



Other periodical markets of interest
Arezzo: 
A famous antiques market held the first weekend of every month, if you like antiques you will love this market

Florence:
San Lorenzo market is open every day, the whole day. It’s famous for leather jackets and bags, all locally produced. Usually very crowded and full of both locals and tourists, please beware of pickpockets!
Mercato delle Pulci, Piazza de' Ciompi. Flea Market open daily (special extra stands on the last Sunday of every month - except in August). Furniture and objects from the past, prints, coins and jewellery. Affordable treasures, bric-a-brac and dusty books.
Mercato di Sant'Ambrogio. Located in Piazza Ghiberti and Piazza Sant'Ambrogio, the market is both indoor and outdoor. It has fruit and vegetables,  flowers, meat and fish, pasta, dairy products. Tired of walking around and feeling hungry? Take a seat in one of the restaurants connected to the market for an inexpensive and tasty lunch. The market is open Monday to Saturday 7am - 2pm.
Mercato Centrale Completely renewed and in the heart of Florence daily life, Mercato Centrale is the perfect place to buy high quality goods and delicatessen, to stop for lunch while visiting museums, to relax with a generous glass of red wine after a long day out in the crowded city. The market is open Monday to Friday, 7 am - 2pm, Saturday open 7am - 5pm (not during summer months). On the first floor you can find restaurants and bars, open every day from 10am until midnight. http://www.mercatocentrale.it/en/mercato-centrale-firenze/
La Fierucola - Piazza S. Spirito - Settled in one of Florence's less spoiled neighborhoods, Piazza S.Spirito is the perfect Oltrarno square where to chill out during the day and its the spot where you can find the Fierucola, a market that sells biological products and promotes the use of organic and byodinamic farming on a small scale: wine, food, dairies but also handmade products. Held on the 3rd Sunday of every month (except August)

Lucca:
Antiques market in Lucca. Probably the main town in Tuscany for old furniture and antiquites, Lucca's market takes places in the street and square around the Cathedral of S.Martino every 3rd weekend of each month.
Mostra Piazzetta dell'Arte. Lucca hosts  a special open air exhibition every 3rd weekend of each month. In the streets around Piazzetta San Carlo and Piazzetta dell'Arancio, local artists show off and promote their paintings and sculptures. Not only a common market, also a unique occasion to take a stroll in Lucca historical center and among contemporary art. http://www.piazzettadellarte.com/

Perugia:
Antiques market takes place on the Fourth weekend of each month – (outside Palazzo della Prefettura and along the historical street in summer, inside Rocca Paolina in winter) – Ceramics and antique costume jewelry are popular.

Radda:
Held the weekend of Easter, exclusive and chic


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