Bring the Boboli Gardens to your home by heading to one of Florence’s many horticultural markets to pick up a houseplant or two this spring.
The historic flower market held on Thursdays held at via Pellicceria (near piazza della Repubblica) hosts several horticulturalists and is currently in need of support as vendor numbers dwindle. Northwest of the city centre, you’ll find Florence’s biggest open-air market in the Cascine park with plants a plenty on Tuesdays from 8am to 2pm. La Fierucola markets take place in various locations in the city, with sellers offering a range of products, from houseplants to clothing to food. Visit piazza del Carmine on the second Sunday of the month between 9am and 2pm, and piazza Santo Spirito on the third Sunday of the month, between 9am and 7pm.
If you’re after more of a vibe, the number of florists/eateries in Florence is steadily on the rise. La Ménagère (via de’ Ginori 8/R) not only offers horticultural workshops and bouquets for home delivery, but also boasts an Instagram-worthy restaurant and drinks bar. Also combining horticulture with dining is Le Lune Ristorante & Vivaio (via San Domenico 36), where you can enjoy a high-end meal and also pick up some beautiful flowers from the well-stocked nursery. Another place to grab some well-nurtured plants is C.BIO (via della Mattonaia 3/A), the upmarket grocery store by Sant’Ambrogio market with plants available for sale on the first-floor terrace. Founded by local legend Fabio Picchi, it’s about to go up for auction, so head there whilst you still can.
Favourite Florentine florists
Floricoltura Vannucci (via Reginaldo Giuliani 50) offers ornamental plants of many different sizes as well as seasonal plants, cut flowers and accessories.
Artemisia (lungarno Corsini 48R) boasts a range of beautiful bouquets and house plants, which are also available for home delivery.
Baobab (via G. Pascoli 4/B) collaborates with Dutch florists and the Swiss Federation to produce stunning contemporary arrangements.
I Fiori della Signoria (via della Condotta 27R) is one of the oldest florists in Florence and is home to a range of different flowers and succulents.
Fiorile (via di Santo Spirito 26R) gives shabby chic style displays, perfect for a gift or events.
Jardin Divers (via Cimabue 57R) has lots of beautiful bouquets to order, along with calming essential oils and dried flower gifts.
Hiden Floral Design (via Fabrino 2/4R) offer flowers to order, as well as events floristry.
I Fiori di Pinocchio (via v. Emanuele II 101 A/r) is a traditional florist with a range of beautiful rustic displays, conveniently situated near Florence’s main Careggi hospital.
Arte e Fiori (via Felice Fontana 32) is well stocked with creative blooms and luscious plants.