The Sant'Ambrogio Market

A PIECE OF FLORENTINE HISTORY

The Sant'Ambrogio market is an explosion of colours and flavours in the heart of Florence, a place that smells of tradition and welcomes visitors like his oldest friends.

Once a month there is a famous antiques market, strolling through the stalls full of vintage objects feels like stepping back in time; but it is every morning, between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m., that the market reveals its most authentic soul.

With the rising of the sun, when the city is still sleeping, Sant'Ambrogio awakens in a riot of sounds, colours and scents: the "mercatali" prepare their stands while joking, smiling and occasionally throwing a playful insult at their colleagues, as if reciting a script written over the centuries. You can get lost amidst a whirlwind of voices, as the customers arrive in the narrow aisles, choosing from fruit, vegetables, flowers, meat: all fresh, local and natural.

A mixture of ancient and modern gestures is repeated every day, generation after generation: old ladies carefully choosing tomatoes and basil for their pasta sauce, stories of newbie Instagramers, tourists lost in the maze of colours, scents and flavours; each with their own pace and rituals, but united by a community spirit that survives and calms down the hectic passing of the days.

The Sant'Ambrogio market is a tiny village in the heart of Florence, smelling of tradition and welcoming everyone like old friends, a piece of comunal history that comes back to life every morning, in contrast to the high speed of the modern world.

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