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Loggia del pesce, firenze

The last Sunday of the month there’s the collectors’ antique market in Piazza dei Ciompi.

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Squares in Florence | Le piazze di Firenze | Piazza dei Ciompi and Loggia del Pesce


The Piazza dei Ciompi, situated north of Piazza Santa Croce and close to Piazza Sant'Ambrogio, hosts the Loggia del Pesce, designed by Giorgio Vasari and the house of Lorenzo Ghiberti.
In 1378 Florentine wool carders - the so-called ciompi, rose up in the district of Santa Croce in favour of the recognition of the rights of the most humble labourers. The revolt is known as the Tumulto dei ciompi (revolt of the ciompi).

Today, Piazza dei Ciompi is the seat of a popular flea market, the Delle Pulci market.
Delle Pulci market is open all week from 9 to 19:30, in the winter closed on Sundays and Mondays.
About once a month, on Sunday, the flea market turns to antique market where you can buy such old antique things as coins, books, jewelry, paintings, porcelain and a lot of other curious things.

Other Sunday markets arethe ones at Piazza Santo Spirito and Giardino della Fortezza.

Loggia del Pesce

The Loggia del Pesce, a historical building in Florence, is formed by nine wide arcades, supported by piers or columns. On each side are eight medallions depicting fishing activities and the sea. At the corners are four coats of arms.

It was commissioned by Duke Cosimo I de' Medici to Giorgio Vasari, to house the fish market which had been previously held near the Ponte Vecchio. Their place there was taken by the Vasari Corridor.

During the urban renovation of Florence following the unification of Italy (1885–1895), the loggia was dismantled and most of its decoration went to the museum of San Marco. It was rebuilt in the Piazza Ciompi only in 1956, re-using most of the original materials.[1]

Bar Plaz, on via Pietrapiana 36r, just across from the loggia, is a good spot to enjoy the atmosphere of the square. For lunch we recommend Teatro del Sale, a restaurant set up in an old theater, or Cibrèo trattoria (called il Cibrèino), run by Fabio Picchi.

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The Florentine chef, Fabio Picchi, who runs four fabulous eateries, all on the doorstep of the nearby Sant’Ambrogio Markets (see below) is one of the best traditional chef in Florence.


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Circolo Teatro del Sale


One of our favourite spots in Florence to have lunch is inside an old theatre, Circolo Teatro del Sale in Via de’ Macci.

Teatro del Sale
Via de’ Macci 111r
Tel. +39 055 200 14 92

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Just a few steps away from the S. Ambrogio local market you find one of the city's most historical pizzerias, Il Pizzaiuolo,  a typical Neapolitan pizzeria restaurant established more than 20 years ago. Dishes are faithful to the Neapolitan tradition.  Wines are from the Campania Region.




Emmiko Davies | Where to eat in Florence, A Taste of Florence

Peggy Markel |  Fabio Picchi and his restaurant

Further reading | Piazzas in Florence

Tuscany | Transport in Florence

Teatro del Sale

Via de' Macci, 111r

Tel. : 055 200 14 92
Fax : 055 226 84 10
e-mail :


  Via de' macci, targa alluvione   Altezza di una delle targhe che ricordano il livello raggiunto dall'acqua nel '66 in Via de' macci
    Via de' macci, plaque flood  

Plaque flood in Via de' macci


Cibrèo ristorante


Via del Verrocchio, 8r

Tel. : 055 234 11 00
Fax : 055 24 49 66 
e-mail :


  Cibrèo trattoria (detta il Cibrèino)


Via de' Macci, 122r

  Caffè  Cibrèo


Via del Verrocchio, 5r

Tel. : 055 234 58 53

[1] Photo by Sailko; licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license


Bargellini, Piero (1998). Com'era Firenze 100 anni fa. Florence: Bonechi.

One of the best places to slow travel in Tuscany is the Maremma, with its exquisite nature, small hillside villages, its epic countryside, cuisine and excellent wines. Podere Santa Pia is an ideal holiday house, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the splendor of the Maremma hills that rise up from southern Tuscany. Podere Santa Pia offers a panoramic tour of the valleys that surround the farmhouse, so that the trip becomes a unique experience among the colors and atmospheres of this unique Tuscan landscape.

Tuscan Holiday houses | Podere Santa Pia


Podere Santa Pia, with a stunning view over the Maremma and Montecristo

Podere Santa Pia
Podere Santa Pia, garden
Montecristo, view from Santa Pia


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