Mercatone dell’Antiquariato del Naviglio Grande

One of the largest antiques markets in Milan set in a scenic location overlooking the banks of the Naviglio Grande, the oldest canal in Milan

With over 380 stallholders, the Mercatone dell’Antiquariato del Naviglio Grande is one of the largest antiques markets in Milan. Located along the banks of the Naviglio Grande, the Mercatone dell’Antiquariato is held once a month, and spreads over two kilometers from the well-known Church of the Conchetta, designed by Leonardo da Vinci, and wanders along the waterfront to the Darsena quayside.

Once of the highlights of the Mercatone dell’Antiquariato del Naviglio Grande is undoubtedly its scenic location. Overlooking the banks of the Naviglio Grande, the oldest canal in Milan, this monthly antiques market not only attracts seasoned antiques bargain hunters and flea market enthusiasts, but also the usual Milanese Sunday passers-by and many tourists who come to enjoy from a leisurely walk along this nice scenic area.

From porcelain to paintings, silver cutlery to silver jewellery and furs to furniture, there is so much to choose from at the Mercatone dell’Antiquariato del Naviglio Grande, that it’s difficult to know quite where to start. The market showcases many real antiques, such as old furniture, clocks, paintings, silver cutlery & jewellery, porcelain, bronze, chandelier, dolls, books and other collectibles. Merchandises sold at the Mercatone dell’Antiquariato can range drastically in price; some are expensive for good reason, while others are outrageous. With this in mind, it is recommended to keep a watchful eye out for pieces that are expensive.

With so much to see at the Mercatone dell’Antiquariato del Naviglio Grande it is 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, a gelato or an aperitivo while considering your dinner options and you have a perfect plan for a Sunday stroll in Milan.

Antiquing Tip Of The Day

Try to take a lap around the whole flea market before buying, and then work your way back. Some vendors swap out inventory over time, and a second look around can yield far more treasures than the first.

— Amanda Sims, writer at
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3 reviews

  1. Sunday is a tough time in Milan for things to do. Out of ideas, we decided to Metro over to the Navigli district for a walk about. What a great surprise to step out of the Metro into an enormous antique flea market with perhaps 200 vendor stalls lining both sides of the canal for blocks. Lots of very high quality mid-century stuff that it killed us not to be able to buy due to transportation limitations.

  2. I visit this place every last Sunday of each month for the local antiques market, which is pretty well organized and worth a visit!

  3. We hit this just right. On the last Sunday of the month, there’s a terrific flea market which takes up the entire canal Naviglio area. Some choice antiques and people watching. Cafes are open and lively.

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