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Borgo San Lorenzo
SHOPPING

Various shops can be found in Borgo San Lorenzo, both in its old town centre where you will find more traditional shops such as ‘Pasticceria Aurelia’ a traditional bakery that provides a variety of scrumptious local cakes and pastries, and in other areas throughout town. Most shops are open from 9am –1pm and 3.30pm – 8pm except Monday where they are only open in the afternoon between 4pm and 8pm.

Supermarkets
There are different supermarkets in Borgo San Lorenzo, one of the main ones being the COOP situated in Piazza Martin Luther King.

Market
There is a local market in Borgo San Lorenzo every Tuesday morning, together with a specialised shoe market in Viale della Resistenza on Friday morning.

Chemists
You will find a couple of chemists in Borgo San Lorenzo one in Piazza Gramsci and another in Via Div. Part. Garibaldi, 1.

Banks
There are various banks in Borgo San Lorenzo with cash dispensers that accept credit cards

Tourist Information Office
The Tourist Information Office in Borgo San Lorenzo is found in Via in Villa Pecori Giraldi Piazzale Lavacchini - Borgo San Lorenzo. Click here for further info http://turismo.mugello.toscana.it/EN/info_ufficiinformazioni.php or
http://www.villapecori.it/html/template.php?module=DoveSiamo (This web site is in Italian only)

Internet Point
Should you need access to the web whilst away you can find Internet access at the Tourist Information Office.


Borgo San Lorenzo is located close to the Apennines approximately 30km from the City of Florence. The town itself comes under the Mugello comune of the District of Florence, an area steeped in the history of the Medici Family.


Origins
The Roman community of Anneianum stood in the location of todays Borgo San Lorenzo. Following the departure of the Romans, the villagers renamed their town after the local church of San Lorenzo and the name has remained the same since.
In the 13th Century, Borgo San Lorenzo played an important part in the negotiations between the supporters of the Empire – the Ghibellines – and the supporters of the Pope – the Guelphs. It was at the end of this Century that the town came under the control of Republic of Florence.
As part of the town defences, the Florentine Republic fortified the town and established 4 entrances. Today, parts of two of the arched entrances are still visible – the Porta Fiorentina (Florentine Gate) and the Porta dell'Orologio (Gate of the Watch).
The fortifications helped protect the town through the centuries, including repelling an attack by the French in 1527. The town did suffer some damage during World War II though.


Today in Borgo San Lorenzo
In contrast to many other towns in the region, Borgo San Lorenzo does not solely rely on tourism. Because of its strategic importance close to main roads leading from Florence north, Borgo San Lorenzo has many office based industries to drive its economy.


Things to see
The Parish Church of San Lorenzo (feast day 11th August) has origins dating back to 941 AD and the bell tower - still in use today – was added in 1263. Within the church you can see works of art by Giotto and Rosselli as well as ceramic art from the local producer Chini.

The Museum of Ceramic Art is located within the 13th Century Villa Pecori Giraldi and celebrates ceramic works of art with Asian, Italian and Libertian influences created by the local artist and manufacturer, Chini. Visits to the Villa and the Museum are by appointment only. For information call +39 055 8457197


Free Guide Books
Free guide books of the Mugello area are available to download:
http://turismo.mugello.toscana.it/EN/info_guide.htm

Bike Hire
Bikes are available for hire through the Tourist Office located within the Villa Pecori Giraldi.

Horse riding
Blackhorse Riding School, Bivio San Martino.
Individual and Group lessons available. The riding school has 2 fields – one sand and one grass
Contact Carolina: +39 055 844449 or cell: +39 3475250139


Festivals and Events

The feast day of the patron saint of the town – San Lorenzo – takes place on 11th August and sees the town really come to life

Mugello Marathon
The oldest of the international marathons run in Italy, the Mugello marathon starts from Borgo San Lorenzo on the third Sunday of September.
For information and entries:
Tel: +39 055 8457277
www.maratonamugello.it

The International Mugello circuit
The Mugello circuit first held a road race back in 1914 and has regularly held competitions since then. Now more famous as the home for the Italian Moto GP motorbike race, it is also the track where Ferrari regularly test their Formula 1 race cars.
http://www.mugellocircuit.it/english/index.htm

White Truffle exhibition and market
This highly prized produce of Mugello is on sale and exhibition the third weekend of November at the Villa Pecori Giraldi
Tel: +39 055 849661 or +39 055 8456230

Weekly Market
The Borgo San Lorenzo weekly market takes place every Tuesday morning.


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