Still in a market mood?
Sift through the bric-a-brac and broad range of antiques, prints, jewelry, books, home goods and other gems at the eclectic Ciompi Antiquariato (Ciompi Antiques Market). Formerly located in piazza dei Ciompi—home to the site of the former fish market, the Loggia del Pesce—the market is now held in piazza Annigoni on a daily basis, but an expanded version sets up shop in piazza Ghiberti, a stone’s throw from the Sant’Ambrogio market, on the last Sunday of the month.
When hunger strikes, head for one of Florence’s most famous foodie haunts. Known colloquially as the Cibreo “village”
, the beginning of via de’ Macci is home to renowned Florentine chef Fabio Picchi’s food “empire”, made up of a cafe’ (Caffe’ Cibreo
), a fine dining restaurant (Ristorante Cibreo
), an Asian-fusion-and-Florentine spot (Cibleo
) and an entirely unique venue, the Teatro del Sale
, which serves set-price buffet-style meals ahead of hosting nearly-nightly events, shows and performances, many of which get the audience directly involved.
The cooks themselves put on quite a show, calling out from the kitchen with aplomb each time a new dish is dragged out. Who says dinner can’t be its own form of drama? (Note: dining at the Teatro del Sale requires a membership card, but it can be purchased for a relatively low price upon entry).
Although arguably just beyond the borders of the Sant’Ambrogio neighborhood, the Le Murate
complex is another must-stop in the area. Formerly a prison and now a vibrant cultural center, you’ll find a large open-air square, a contemporary art exhibition space, readings, lectures and live music year-round and a pizzeria—plus, it’s conveniently home to one of the city’s main ticket centers, Box Office, where you can review the range of theatre, concerts and sporting events happening around town and purchase tickets for myriad happenings on-site.