Questions about Piazza Santo Spirito

Old Jul 26th, 2012, 07:17 AM
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Questions about Piazza Santo Spirito

Are the markets at Piazza Santo Spirito nice? Several markets that I have been to in Italy were like a huge Walmart with clothing from China, trinkets etc. Very little local food, veggies, cheeses, crafts etc.

Also, how do you get there if you have a car?
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Old Jul 26th, 2012, 07:24 AM
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Old Jul 26th, 2012, 07:26 AM
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Old Jul 26th, 2012, 07:53 AM
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You also didn't bother to mention what town the piazza is in.

There is a Piazza Santo Spirito in Florence.

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Old Jul 26th, 2012, 08:01 AM
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Thanks Adrienne ~ I assume you mean the "Report Abuse" triangle?

Sorry, I was obviously in a hurry! Yes, Piazza Santo Spirito in Florence.
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It's a small market-- a few vegetables, some olives, honey, etc. Quite a bit of socks, underwear, fabric as well. I don't know if it's in the no-drive zone, but the piazza itself is pedestrian. Easy to walk to from most parts of Florence.

The big market at the Cascine (Sundays) has a lot of stuff, but also many purveyors of cheese, sausages, fish, fruits and vegetables. The Mercato Centrale is the main place for food shopping. Check local regulations for parking, personally I wouldn't take a car into Florence, too easy to wind up in the forbidden zone.
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Old Jul 26th, 2012, 10:21 AM
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I agree with colonna.

You can easily walk to P. Santo Spirito if you are in Centro.

I like Santo Spirito neighbourhood, but I thought the market was a waste of time.

There are some nice shops that border the piazza that you could visit, and then, of course, you should walk over to see the Brancacci Chapel.

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According to some of the websites I've visited, the Cascine market is on Tuesdays, not Sundays. Does anyone know if this is correct? I'd like to go there in October.

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Definitely go to the Mercato Centrale for food. And you can't get to it by car if you are not a local because of traffic restrictions. But it's only a few blocks from the Duomo, so it's no big deal to walk.

You should not be taking a car into Florence, anyway. You can't take it anywhere in the historic center and will get a huge traffic fine if you do. And parking is expensive, the streets are narrow and crowded, and finding your way around is extremely difficult in a car, with one-way streets, hard to find street signs, and streets that change names every couple of blocks.
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