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Mercato del Porcellino

By JKS
The “Straw Market” in Florence dates back to 11th century but it has been called “New Market” from 1551, when it was been covered with a Renaissance loggia. Nowadays it still has some stands that sells straw hats and bags, that was the main reason it was so renowned in the past, but most common products you can find here these days are souvenirs for tourists.
Florence inhabitants call it Mercato del Porcellino (Market of the Little Pig), after a bronze statue of a wild boar that sits outside the market. He's known across Florence as being a symbol of good luck when you rub his snout and put a coin in his mouth.

Tags: Wild boar Architecture Florence Firenze Bronze statue Straw market Mercato del Porcellino

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