Florence Opening Hours Shops
As usual in more and more tourist places of the world, there is no real Sunday anymore in Florence. At least in the city centre many shops are open 7 days a week. Also many supermarkets are open every day.
Typical opening hours of the larger tourist shops in Florence are from about 10 am to 8 pm or 9 pm. Smaller shops often have a lunch break (siesta). Supermarkets and smaller shops in Florence usually have no break. Supermarkets, bakeries and butchers open well before 10 am. Typical is from 8 o’clock, some bakeries even earlier.
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The large market hall (Mercato Centrale) is open from early morning until about 14 o’clock. The market is closed on Sundays and public holidays (except for the restaurants on the upper floor).
Opening hours in Italian means “orario” or “ora di apertura”.
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Florence Opening hours Restaurants
Many restaurants in Florence open at 11 am or earlier, although Italians rarely have lunch before 1 pm. However, many tourists like to eat earlier. The cuisine of the restaurants is differently long in the evening. Some restaurants close in Florence already at 21 o’clock, others after midnight.
The Mc Donalds at the main station is open 24 hours a day. Very long in the night, some snack bars of immigrants (kebab etc.) are open-
Opening times banks in Florence
Banks in Italy are open until 1 p.m.. Most branches open again in the afternoon, but very briefly (often only for one hour). In the tourist part of Florence there are some exchange offices that offer some bank services. These have much longer opening hours. Since the introduction of the Euro, there are of course far fewer exchange offices in Italy. Most tourists withdraw cash at ATMs.
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