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Mercato Nuovo (New Market)

Mercato Nuovo (New Market) Review

The open-air loggia, built in 1551, teems with souvenir stands, but the real attraction is a copy of Pietro Tacca's bronze Porcellino (which translates as "little pig" despite the fact the animal is, in fact, a wild boar). The Porcellino is Florence's equivalent of the Trevi Fountain: put a coin in his mouth, and if it falls through the grate below (according to one interpretation), it means you'll return to Florence someday. What you're seeing is a copy of a copy: Tacca's original version, in the Museo Bardini, is actually a copy of an ancient Greek work.

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  • Address: Corner of Via Por Santa Maria and Via Porta Rossa, Piazza della Repubblica, Florence, 50123 | Map It
  • Hours: Market: Tues.–Sat. 8–7, Mon. 1–7
  • Location: The Duomo to the Ponte Vecchio
Updated: 12-04-2013

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