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The center of Florentine business, the Mercato Vecchio served all of the shopping needs of the city. To quote Antonio Pucci, a 14th-century Florentine poet: "Physicians dwelt around for every ill, and here were linen cloths, and flax merchants, pork vendors, and apothecaries."
The Mercato was first established in Roman times, as the city of the Forum, and it was only in 1030 that the landmark was first documented as a marketplace. Staple foods from the countryside, like grain, were the most popular goods sold, followed by wool.
- A glyph could be found on the Mercato.
- Mercato Vecchio is Italian for "The Old Market", from mercato, "market" and vecchio, "old".