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.
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