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What to see in Florence: Santo Spirito by Day!

Piazza Santo Spirito Firenze

Santo Spirito is one of Florence’s best kept secrets.  If you head over to Santo Spirito during the day you’ll find it is void of tourists and always bustling with lots of locals. You can find the local italians getting their bread and pastries at the local corner bakery or picking up their vegetables at the farmers market.  You’ll find the bars around the square filled with people getting their caffeine fix and reading the daily newspaper they picked up from the stand across the piazza.

 You can find the local italians getting their bread and pastries at the local corner bakery or picking up their vegetables at the farmers market.  You’ll find the bars around the square filled with people getting their caffeine fix and reading the daily newspaper they picked up from the stand across the piazza.

You can get an early morning cappuccino right inside of Caffe Ricchi and a pastry at il Forno Pintucci.  After you’ve had your traditional Italian breakfast, go around the Piazza and browse the daily markets (open every Monday to Saturday from 8am to 2pm).  There is almost always a couple stands of fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables.  You will also always find different tables of jewelry, knick knacks, and clothing, old and new.  If you go on Monday mornings there is almost always a giant table of used clothing being sold for 2.50 Euro.  If you’re a thrifter like me you can dig through the big piles to find lots and lots of great, quality items!

If you’re just here for the weekend, every third Sunday of the month there is a specialist organic food market which should not be missed! You can find delicious, local tuscan goods and unique organic creations from the locals.  The second sunday of the month you can find a serious antique market where people from all over the region bring their unique and beautiful goods.  If you’re not a serious collector of antique items, (or if you don’t have the cash to dole out), this is still a great place to go and browse. There are many beautiful and amazing things to be seen at this market and I highly recommend making a trip.

Here you will observe genuine Italian culture and the dynamics of a lively neighborhood. If you check back to find more articles about the young trendy night life of the Piazza Santo Spirito and the best bars and best restaurants in Florence located right there in this hidden neighborhood.  If you’re interested in seeing all of Florence’s major highlights and even some of those lesser known piazzas like Piazza Santo Spirito, I implore you to join the Walk and Talk Tour with Florencetown.  Come see the city and uncover the secrets of Florence with one of our knowledgeable, local tour guides every day at 10am. Call our offices at (+39) 055 281103 to book your tour now or send us an email at info@florencetown.com.

Lindsay Alesso

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