Florence can be pricey, but LdM News intern Kayla Soper has set out to find some cheap things to do.
Where to eat
The Mercato Sant’Ambrogio, especially on Saturday mornings, is always full with people tourists and Italians. This Mercado sells fresh fruit and vegetables, some at unbelievably low prices. An entire kilo of tangerines can cost as low as one euro if the season is right. Along with fruit and vegies, they also sell hot, salted coccoli, a wide selection of cheeses, and many other foods. It is a great place to find snacks, and to get a taste of the Italian culture. This is a much less touristy place than the center city. Look inside the covered part of the market and check out all the butcher stands stocked full of exotic looking fish and wild game.
If you don’t want to buy your lunch/dinner from the market and want a place to order your meal, Eby’s Bar might be your best bet. Their menu includes a list of burritos each for 4 euro along with empanadas with different fillings for 2 euro. Chips and guacamole are only 4 euro, and considering their tortilla chips are seasoned you might need a couple servings of them.
If you’re less of a burrito type of person and more of a sandwich type, the La Mescita has many options of Panini’s at reasonable prices, typically costing about 2.50 euro. They also have a roast beef Panini that is under 5 euro, with a selection of primi and secondi starting at 5 euro.
Just want to buy your food at eat it while roaming the city? Conad city, a mini-mart, has packaged salads, water bottles and individual yogurt cups for low prices. It is best to get your snacks for the day here too.
Where to visit
The Church of Santissima Annunziata was founded in 1250, and has an interesting story behind it. The church soon graced the pilgrimage circuit for a painting of the annunciation, begun in the church by a monk in 1252, and said to be finished by an angel while the monk was asleep. The interior of the church is beautiful and is home to many notable artworks.
Of course one place you have to go while visiting Florence is the Duomo. You can visit it at an all time low price 7 days a week, for free. Unless you are feeling adventurous and want to climb to the top, then you must pay 8 euro. Another interesting place to check out that is also free is the Church of Santo Spirito. The crowning glory of this particular church is world-renowned, breathtaking with a somber wooden attributed to Michelangelo.
Where to sight see
Speaking of Michaelangelo, another must see is the view point named after him. Though it is quite a hike, when you do reach the top it is well worth it, because the view is spectacular. Costing nothing, this is a perfect place for picture taking and also to grab a couple souvenirs from the vendors who might be up there.
The Ponte Vecchio, if you don’t buy anything, is another must see free stop. It has gold and silver shops lining the bridge, and you might even be able to see a couple love locks still placed on the bridge even after it has been made illegal. Especially if you hit it right as the sun is setting, you view is gorgeous and you will be able to wow all your friends with photos on the bridge.
by Ldm Intern Kayla Soper