Milan has some interesting markets. Here are just two of the most interesting and characteristic:
* Fiera di Senigallia in Milan is now an institution: every Saturday morning, Viale d'Annunzio, along the wharf, becomes a picturesque sight, full of noise, color and other smells so typical of flea markets.
You can find everything here: Indian, South American and African craftwork; new and second-hand clothes, old furniture, fake art nouveau lamps, perfumed candles and every kind of essence, books, comics, records, videos and DVDs. There are tidy stalls and messy ones where you can go looking for your bargain. The music of the Senegalese musicians is like a theme tune, as they pound on drums of all sizes, accompanying the people walking around with their frenetic rhythms.
* Mercatone del Naviglio Grande
This takes place along the Alzaia Naviglio Grande on the last Sunday of each month. A large exhibition-market is set up that is dedicated to antiques: furniture, objects for the home, old books, jewelry, and lots more too. The market has 400 exhibitors, some of whom also have their own shops on the banks of the Naviglio grande.
Let’s end our itinerary of shopping with a mini-guide to the outlets near Milan.
One of the characteristics of Milan that shopping lovers like is the fact that there are many famous-label outlets in the city center that are usually only found on the city outskirts or in the provinces. Some of the ones in the center are: Diffusione Tessile, which is the Max Mara group’s outlet, the Bruno Magli and Etro outlets where you can find items from past collections and also Luciano Soprani, Kookai, Valextra, a sophisticated suitcase company, and Bassetti, where you can buy all the bedding and linen you need for your house.
Near Milan instead, you can find the McArthur Glen Shopping City (Serravalle Scrivia, Alessandria), the Fratelli Rossetti outlet(Parabiago), Dolce & Gabbana outlet (Legnano), Timberland outlet (Pero), Levi's (Cernusco sul Naviglio) and Samsonite (Corsico) outlets, and finally Frette (Concorezzo) and Zucchi (Casorezzo) for bed linen.