Milan, north-west Italy, is well-known for many things. It’s the nerve centre of international fashion houses including Armani, Prada and Versace. Football giants AC Milan and Inter call it home. And Milan cathedral, or Duomo, is a gothic masterpiece of spires, statues and stunning views and the second largest church in Italy. But if you want something different, head over to the canal district for Milan’s enormous, monthly, open-air antique market. Let’s dive in for a rummage!
The Mercatone dell’Antiquariato del Naviglio Grande, literally meaning the big antique market, pitches up along the banks of the Naviglio Grande canal in the charming Ticinese dei Navigli district on the last Sunday of every month.
Over 2km of path is packed with more than 400 stalls laden down with antiques, collectibles and vintage items. Starting at the well-known Church of the Conchetta, designed by Leonardo da Vinci, and wandering alone the waterfront to the Darsena quayside, stands offer something for everyone.
From porcelain to paintings, silver cutlery to silver jewellery and furs to furniture, there is so much to choose from that it’s difficult to know quite where to start! But don’t worry, prices are reasonable and the market is open from 9am to 6pm so there is plenty of time to shop!
And if you get tired of shopping or just need a rest there are stacks of foodie options including bars, cafes and restaurants lining the canalsides.
Or if you fancy something else, there is always the Mercato Metropolitano which opens from 9am to midnight on Sundays offering fresh pasta, pizza, sandwiches and aperitifs at great prices.
With so much to see at the Mercatone dell’Antiquariato del Naviglio Grande it’s easy to spend the morning, afternoon or even the day there, doing a bit of haggling in a relaxed atmosphere. Add in a tasty lunch or an aperitivo while considering your dinner options and I’d say you’ve got a perfect plan for a Sunday stroll in Milan! And who knows what you might come home with so make sure to bring comfortable shoes and a big bag! Happy shopping!
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Mercatone dell’Antiquariato del Naviglio Grande website (in Italian) here
Address : Alzaia naviglio Grande, Milan, Italy
How to get there by underground : Metro Porta Genova
How to get there by bus : Number 59, 74 or 169
How to get there by tram : Number 2, 3, 9, 14, 15, 29 or 30
Opening hours : the market takes place between 9am and 6pm on the last Sunday of every month (except July)
Market dates in 2015
25 October 2015
29 November 2015
20 December 2015