Shopping heaven though it is, there are days when trawling through centro Milano in search of the latest Prada pantsuit can lose its appeal.
So pick a sunny day, leave the heels at home and hit the city's best markets. The Fiera di Senigallia has long been the city's top flea market. Its specialities include'70s vintage disco gear, compilation CDs, Peruvian baby clothes and old comic books. Over a canal or two, the popular Papiniano stocks a mix of goods, including plants, shoes, homewares and linens, with the odd food stall thrown in. Expect to use your elbows if you want to get near the cut-price clothes. Head up north to check out underrated Isola, a bargain hunter's delight that has ceramics, end-of-season clothes by Miss Sixty and offcuts of coloured Como silk. It's also good for fresh fruits and veg, and ultra-cheap, à la mode fashions. Fauché is the fashionistas' favourite for cut-price designer shoes. On the last Sunday of each month, around 400 antiques dealers display their wares at the Antiquariato sul Naviglio Grande. Running for two kilometres alongside the city's oldest canal, the market pulls in close to 150,000 people, and is a good source of design classics, ranging from furniture and silverware to vintage watches.