End of an era?

No more San Lorenzo market

Editorial Staff
January 16, 2014

Florence's San Lorenzo area no longer boasts its ambulant and busy market.

In efforts to clear up the area around the basilica of San Lorenzo, re-pave the age-old stones and introduce an electric bus route through the centuries-old piazza, the City of Florence has obliged market traders to move their stalls as a temporary measure.

On January 20, the market traders of Florence’s world-famous San Lorenzo market staged a one-day protest against the move, which they fear will become a permanent one.

Prior to the protest, local trade unions representing the stall-holders had drawn attention to the ‘absolute indifference of the city administration to our official petitions to hold a meeting. We hope that the future of more than 80 businesses, run by dozens of employees, will make everyone strive towards a mutually beneficial solution that safeguards the needs of all.’

The move has sparked various reactions: some residents and tourists have praised the decision, welcoming the better views of the basilica, while others disapprove of depriving the area of its world-famous market.

In a tweet, Mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, wrote, 'We have freed as promised the San Lorenzo area, one of the most beautiful places in the world. We made a promise, and we've kept it.'

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