Try shopping at the public Mercato Comunale food markets in Milan instead of supermarkets to see the fresh produce of Italy on offer.

If you'd like to see and purchase fresh Italian produce - seasonal vegetables, fruit, cheeses, fish and even horse meat - from a source other than a national supermarket chain, and not have to rely on knowing the weekly opening days of the various farmers market venues around town, then shopping at the few Mercato Comunale around various communities in the municipality of Milan is your best bet.

Photo taken in Isola, Milan, of a fish market vendor in the Mercato Comunale Lagosta
Pescheria Lagosta at the Mercato Comunale Lagosta near Isola. See Milanomia.com.

Milanese do not seem to be big on fresh food markets as these permanent markets are not huge, and the state of some of them shows neglect - but the produce is fresh and the family-run shop vendors found inside are genuine, and most probably more enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their products than the average supermarket employee.



Click on the more options icon, near the map's top left corner, to see the names of the markets for each lettered location pin. You can also go to the original Milanfinally.com Google Map of food markets, shopping areas, shopping centres & malls, department stores, fashion boutiques etc. in Milan





There is no other similar list on the Web, so here below are the most that you will find together on the one webpage of the Mercato Comunale found within the central built-up area of Milan, from north to south (not a completely exhaustive list - refer to their locations on the interactive map above, click on the more options icon near the map's top left corner to see the names of the markets for each lettered location pin):



# Mercato Comunale Quarto Oggiaro, Via Fratelli Antona Traversi

Here is the Google Streetview of Mercato Comunale Quarto Oggiaro. Feel free to click and drag around inside the Google Streetview to explore the area. You can also go to the original streetview on Google Maps





# Mercato Comunale Ca' Granda, Via Moncalieri 15

See Mercato Comunale Ca' Granda @ Milanomia.com. Best transport option: Metro line M5 (lilac) to Ca' Granda Station. Tram 5, from Citta Studi, Porta Venezia, Milano Centrale to Via Valfurva in the Ca' Granda quarter.

Here is the Google Streetview of Mercato Comunale Ca' Granda. Feel free to click and drag around inside the Google Streetview to explore the area. You can also go to the original streetview on Google Maps





# Mercato Comunale di Viale Monza 54 (northeast of Milano Centrale Station)

This Mercato Comunale has an old Facebook page. Best transport option: Metro line 1 (red) to either Pasteur or Rovereto stations. Tram 1, from Sempione, Arco della Pace (Arch of Peace), Domodossola Station, Largo Cairoli, Piazza Cordusio, La Scala, Montenapoleone M3 Station, Piazza della Repubblica, nearby Milano Centrale Station, and get off at Piazza Morbegno.

Here is the Google Streetview of Mercato Comunale di Viale Monza 54. Feel free to click and drag around inside the Google Streetview to explore the area. You can also go to the original streetview on Google Maps





# Mercato Comunale Lagosta, Piazzale Lagosta, Isola

This market is right in the middle of the Piazzale Lagosta traffic circle. See photos and information at Mercato Comunale Piazzale Lagosta @ Milanomia.com. Best transport option: Metro line 5 (lilac) to Isola Station. Tram 33, from Citta Studi, Porta Venezia, Giardini Pubblici, Piazza della Repubblica, Porta Garibaldi Station, to the terminus at Piazzale Lagosta.



Here is the Google Streetview of Mercato Comunale Lagosta. Feel free to click and drag around inside the Google Streetview to explore the area. You can also go to the original streetview on Google Maps





# Mercato Comunale Rombon, Via Rombon 24, Lambrate

This Mercato Comunale has an old Facebook page. Best transport option: Metro line 2 (green) to Lambrate Station. Tram 23, from Piazza Fontana (near southeast corner of Piazza del Duomo), Corso di Porta Vittoria, Piazza Cinque Giornate, Viale Premuda, Viale Piave, Citta Studi, and get off at the terminus at Lambrate Station.

Here is the Google Streetview of Mercato Comunale Rombon. Feel free to click and drag around inside the Google Streetview to explore the area. You can also go to the original streetview on Google Maps





# Mercato Comunale Selinunte, Piazzale Selinunte (near San Siro Stadium)

Best transport option: Metro line 5 (lilac) to Segesta Station. Tram 16, from Ortomercato, Crocetta M3 Station, University of Milan, Piazza Missori, Milan Cathedral (Piazza del Duomo), Corso Magenta, Corso Vercelli, Piazza Piemonte, Via Marghera, Piazza De Angeli, Piazzale Brescia, get off at Piazzale Segesta.



Here is the Google Streetview of Mercato Comunale Selinunte. Feel free to click and drag around inside the Google Streetview to explore the area. You can also go to the original streetview on Google Maps





# Mercato Comunale Wagner, Piazza Wagner (towards the Fiera area)

Situated in the middle of Piazza Wagner. This is said to be the oldest and largest Mercato Comunale remaining, and is reputed, according to one commentator, to be the market in Milan which is "the best outlet for gourmet food". For photos, see the Foursquare.com page on Mercato Comunale di Piazza Wagner. Best transport option: Metro line 1 (red) to Wagner Station. Tram 16, from Ortomercato, Crocetta M3 Station, University of Milan, Piazza Missori, Milan Cathedral (Piazza del Duomo), Corso Magenta, Corso Vercelli, get off at Piazza Piemonte.

Here is the Google Streetview of Mercato Comunale Wagner. Feel free to click and drag around inside the Google Streetview to explore the area. You can also go to the original streetview on Google Maps





# Mercato Comunale Fusina, Piazzale Fusina, Citta Studi

Best transport option: Tram 5, from Ospedale Niguarda Ca' Granda, Ca' Granda M5 Station, Istria M5 Station, Marche M5 Station, Milano Centrale Station, Porta Venezia (M1 Station), Citta Studi, get off at Via Aselli.

Here is the Google Streetview of Mercato Comunale a. Feel free to click and drag around inside the Google Streetview to explore the area. You can also go to the original streetview on Google Maps





# Mercato Comunale Umbria, Viale Umbria 79
(within the broad median strip of the opposite lanes of Viale Umbria)

Best transport option: Tram 16, from San Siro Stadium, Piazzale Brescia, Piazza De Angeli, Via Marghera, Piazza Piemonte, Corso Vercelli, Corso Magenta, Milan Cathedral (Piazza del Duomo), Piazza Missori, University of Milan, Crocetta M3 Station, Via Bergamo, get off at Viale Umbria. Further away is the Lodi M3 Station at Piazzale Lodi.


Here is the Google Streetview of Mercato Comunale Umbria. Feel free to click and drag around inside the Google Streetview to explore the area. You can also go to the original streetview on Google Maps





# New Ticinese Market

For a review and some photos, see the page on Yelp Italy. Best transport options: take trams 3, 9 or 19 to Porta Ticinese. Nearby Metro station is the Porta Genova M2 Station.

The large green roof of the New Ticinese Market sitting on the banks of the redeveloped Darsena, the former main port of Milan's Navigli canals. Feel free to drag around inside the Google Map to explore the area. You can also go to the original large Google Map





# Mercato Metropolitano, Via Valenza 2, Navigli (near Porta Genova Station)

- A special project of Expo 2015 Milan. See mercatometropolitano.com. Photos, see the article on Mentelocale. Best transport option: Metro line 2 (green) to Porta Genova Station. Take Tram 2 and get off at Alzaia Naviglio Grande; or take trams 9 or 19 to the nearby Porta Genova Station.

Here is the Google Map of Mercato Metropolitano. Feel free to drag around inside the Google Map to explore the area. You can also go to the original large Google Map





# Mercato Comunale Lorenteggio, Via Lorenteggio 177

Best transport option: Tram 14, from Cimitero Maggiore, Piazzale Accursio, Piazza Firenze, Via Cenisio (M5 Station), Via Bramante, Chinatown, Lanza M2 Station, Milan Cathedral (Piazza del Duomo), Via Torino, Corso Genova, Piazzale Cantore (Porta Genova), Via Solari, Via Giambellino, get off at Via Odazio.

Here is the Google Streetview of Mercato Comunale Lorenteggio. Feel free to click and drag around inside the Google Streetview to explore the area. You can also go to the original streetview on Google Maps





# Ortomercato, Via Varsavia, Porta Vittoria

This is actually not a Mercato Comunale, but is Italy's largest fruit & vegetable, and also seafood, wholesale market (plus flowers and poultry). Access to the general public only on Saturday 9am - 12 noon. Website in Italian at Mercatimilano.com. Best transport option: Catch Tram 16 to its terminus at Via Monte Velino (corner with Via Varsavia). If you catch Tram 12 to its terminus at Viale Molise (near Piazzale Martini), that is also close by. Not so close by is the busy suburban commuter station of Milano Porta Vittoria which is used by five different "S" lines, and is at one end of the "Passante" system which cuts underground diagonally across the northeastern sector of the city of Milan - and so it can be reached from Passante stations such as Porta Garibaldi, Repubblica and Porta Venezia.

Here is the Google Streetview of the Ortomercato. Feel free to click and drag around inside the Google Streetview to explore the area. You can also go to the original streetview on Google Maps




(REFERENCE: retecivica.milano.it)



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