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Darsena di Milano

As well as being the city’s port, in the past the Darsena was also a highly important water junction.

Where
Piazza XXIV Maggio, Milano

The Darsena, as the Milanese knew it for four centuries, was commissioned and built in 1603 by Spanish governor Pedro Enríquez de Acevedo, Count of Fuentes (1525-1610): it was located against the new walls and, beneath these, a passage made it possible to access the new Viarenna lock; as it is now, the lock was partially located on the same level where the lake of Sant’Eustorgio once existed.

In September 2004 the Municipality of Milan gave its permission for a private developer to build an underground garage-car park on the site of the Darsena: the land was not considered to be of any archaeological interest. However, a series of finds uncovered shortly after excavation work began - the foundations of Spanish walls and a wooden platform thought to be the flooring of the original Viarenna lock - disproved this theory and necessitated the intervention of the authorities and the suspension of the work.

As regards the basin, the floor is covered by a few centimetres of water that trickle northwards while the south side is formed of a long island covered with luxurious wild vegetation that is home to various bird species: a small “clandestine natural oasis”.

As well as being the city’s port, in the past the Darsena was also a highly important water junction: it received the waters of the Olona and those that dripped from the internal ditch and diverted them to the Ticinello, which flowed beyond Porta Ticinese along the walls before turning south, and the Vettabbia. From one end to the other, the Darsena was 750 metres long and up to 25 metres wide with a surface area of 17,5000 m2 and a depth of up to 1.5 metres.

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Places

Navigli District

  • Lifestyle
Navigli District
173 mt

Church of Sant'Eustorgio

Founded in the fourth century, the basilica was enriched with valuable Renaissance additions and the famous Portinari chapel was built
  • Religious Tourism
Church of Sant'Eustorgio
205 mt

Museo Diocesano of Milan

Is located in the setting of the cloisters of Sant'Eustorgio, integral part of one of the most antique monumental complexes of Milan
  • Art & Culture
Museo Diocesano, Museums of Milan
272 mt

Naviglio Pavese

The Naviglio Pavese was a dream come true, the dream that had lasted five centuries of a direct link between Pavia and Milan.
  • Navigli
Naviglio_Pavese
341 mt

Columns of San Lorenzo

A space in the city where time seems to have stopped: just beyond the Porta Ticinese, one of the most evocative views of Milan
  • Art & Culture
Colums of San Lorenzo
661 mt

San Lorenzo Basilica

Majestic, it is preceded by 16 Roman columns, with Corinthian capitals, which delimit one side of the late-antique portico
  • Religious Tourism
San Lorenzo Basilica
668 mt

Ticinese columns of San Lorenzo

  • Lifestyle
Ticinese columns of San Lorenzo
671 mt

Milan, the Culture of flavours

  • Food & Wine
Pigeon skewer according to Enrico Bartolini
874 mt

Sant'Ambrogio Basilica

One of the symbols of the city of Milan, is dedicated to its patron saint, whose feast is celebrated every year on December 7th
  • Religious Tourism
Sant'Ambrogio Basilica, a monumental landmark
1.15 km

Carcano Theater

Historic Milanese theater, it is still one of the largest halls in the city hosting prose, dance and music shows.
  • Art & Culture
Carcano Theater
1.3 km

Museo Mangini Bonomi

Housed in an elegant Milanese building, the museum exhibits an extensive collection organized in 40 sections
  • Art & Culture
Museo Mangini Bonomi, Musei Milano
1.32 km

Ambrosian Picture Gallery

It houses the largest collection of Leonardo's sheets, the Codex Atlanticus, exhibited thanks to temporary thematic exhibitions
  • Art & Culture
Ambrosian Picture Gallery
1.35 km

MUDEC

Multidisciplinary center dedicated to the cultures of the world, in the former Ansaldo area, in real monuments of industrial archeology
  • Art & Culture
MUDEC Cultures' Museum
1.43 km

Roman Theatre of Milan

Discover the Roman Theatre of Milan
  • Art & Culture
Roman Theatre of Milan
1.45 km

Church of San Maurizio

In the heart of Milan, is defined the Sistine Chapel of Lombardy. Completely frescoed leaves you breathless
  • Religious Tourism
Church of San Maurizio
1.47 km

Museo del Novecento

A permanent collection of XXth century artwork inside Palazzo Arengario only a few steps away from the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery
  • Art & Culture
Museo del Novecento
1.47 km

Royal Palace

Palazzo Reale is one of Milan’s most famous landmarks, the link between the city’s illustrious past and its innovative present.
  • Art & Culture
Royal Palace
1.5 km

The Guastalla Gardens

Today it is one of Milan’s most beautiful green areas, located near the Duomo
  • Active & Green
The Guastalla Gardens
1.54 km

Duomo Museum

With 26 rooms, the Museum covers an area of 2000 square meters including sculptures, paintings, tapestries, terracottas
  • Art & Culture
Duomo Museum, outstanding museums
1.55 km

Duomo of Milan

  • Religious Tourism
Duomo of Milan
1.56 km

Events

Magnum's first

Corso di Porta Ticinese, 95, Milano
08/05/2019 - 06/10/2019
  • Art & Culture
Magnum's first
239 mt

Leonardo and his School in the Ambrosiana’s collections

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
Piazza Pio XI 2, Milano
01/12/2018 - 31/01/2020
  • Leonardo 500
Mappa della Città di Milano - Leonardo da Vinci
1.32 km

Leonardo da Vinci Parade

Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci
Via San Vittore, 21, Milano
19/07/2018 - 27/10/2019
  • Leonardo 500
Leonardo da Vinci Parade
1.33 km

Leonardo’s ‘Last Supper’ for Francis I: a masterpiece of silk and silver

Palazzo Reale
Piazza del Duomo 12, Milano
07/10/2019 - 12/01/2020
  • Leonardo 500
La cena di Leonardo per Francesco I
1.52 km

De Chirico

Palazzo Reale
Piazza del Duomo, 12, Milano
25/09/2019 - 19/01/2020
  • Art & Culture
De Chirico - Palazzo Reale
1.52 km

Milano Bike City

Su tutto il territorio cittadino
Milano
14/09/2019 - 22/09/2019
  • Active & Green
Milano Bike City
1.54 km

Lario Express

Milano
05/05/2019 - 06/10/2019
  • Art & Culture
Lario Express
1.54 km

Mito Settembremusica

Teatro alla Scala
Via Filodrammatici, 2, Milano
03/09/2019 - 18/09/2019
  • Art & Culture
Mito Settembremusica
1.84 km

Virtual Museum of Leonardo’s Milan

Museo di Arte Antica, Sala delle Armi
Castello Sforzesco, Milano
02/05/2019 - 12/01/2020
  • Leonardo 500
Milano Leonardo
2.01 km

Extraordinary opening of Sala delle Asse

Museo di Arte Antica, Sala delle Asse
Castello Sforzesco, Milano
02/05/2019 - 12/01/2020
  • Leonardo 500
Sala della Asse
2.01 km

Milano Wine Week

Palazzo Bovara e sedi diffuse in città
Corso Venezia, 51, Milano
06/10/2019 - 13/10/2019
  • Food & Wine
Milano Wine Week
2.73 km

La Lombardia di Leonardo dall'alto

Palazzo Lombardia
Piazza Città di Lombardia, 1, Milano
12/05/2019 - 22/12/2019
  • Leonardo 500
Logo Leonardo
4.04 km

SEBINO EXPRESS – TRENO BLU

Sedi varie
Stazione Centrale, Milano
14/04/2019 - 29/09/2019
  • Lifestyle
SEBINO EXPRESS – TRENO BLU
4.07 km

Leonardo’s Horse

Ippodromo di San Siro SNAI, Milano
01/05/2019 - 30/11/2019
  • Leonardo 500
Cavallo di Leonardo
5.16 km

Public Opening 22/09

Villa Arconati
Via Fametta
22/09/2019
  • Art & Culture
Public Opening 22/09
13.45 km

Public Opening 29/09

Villa Arconati
Via Fametta
29/09/2019
  • Art & Culture
Public Opening 29/09
13.45 km

Nobili e Servi - A Lombard story 23/06

Villa Arconati
Via Fametta
29/09/2019
  • Art & Culture
Nobili e Servi - A Lombard story 23/06
13.45 km

Activities

Milan Mix Aperitivo and Street Food Tour

  • Art & Culture
Milan Mix Aperitivo and Street Food Tour
49 mt

Navigli Canals of Milan: Guided Walking Tour

  • Art & Culture
Navigli Canals of Milan: Guided Walking Tour
205 mt

Wine tasting in Milan

  • Food & Wine
Wine tasting in Milan
573 mt

Afternoon Milan food tour with beer tasting

  • Food & Wine
Afternoon Milan food tour with beer tasting
573 mt

Wine Tasting Experience in Milan city centre

  • Food & Wine
Wine Tasting Experience in Milan city centre
574 mt

Discover Navigli and Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio

  • Art & Culture
Discover Navigli and Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio
659 mt

Private Navigli evening tour with drinks

  • Art & Culture
Private Navigli evening tour with drinks
669 mt

Navigli wine tasting and appetizer experience in Milan

  • Art & Culture
Navigli wine tasting and appetizer experience in Milan
736 mt

Half-day wine tour from Milan

  • Food & Wine
Half-day wine tour from Milan
786 mt

Private fashion tour with a local

  • Art & Culture
Private fashion tour with a local
796 mt

Private Skip-the-Line Duomo tour with short city walk

  • Art & Culture
Private Skip-the-Line Duomo tour with short city walk
1.17 km

Make your own blend at Cantina Urbana

  • Food & Wine
Make your own blend at Cantina Urbana
1.26 km

Cantina Urbana Experience

  • Food & Wine
Cantina Urbana Experience
1.26 km

Last Supper tickets and Codex Atlanticus guided tour

  • Art & Culture
Last Supper tickets and Codex Atlanticus guided tour
1.33 km

Biglietti per il Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci

  • Art & Culture
Biglietti per il Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci
1.36 km

Traditional home cooking class in Milan

  • Food & Wine
Traditional home cooking class in Milan
1.42 km

Modern Milan tour by rickshaw

  • Art & Culture
Modern Milan tour by rickshaw
1.43 km

Shopping tours by rickshaw in Milan

  • Lifestyle
Shopping tours by rickshaw in Milan
1.43 km

Best of Milan tour: highlights and hidden gems with a local

  • Art & Culture
Best of Milan tour: highlights and hidden gems with a local
1.44 km

Milan guided walking tour

  • Art & Culture
Milan guided walking tour
1.46 km

Where to sleep

THE YARD MILANO

Milano
THE YARD MILANO
84 mt

CASA CHIARA

Milano
CASA CHIARA
88 mt

PIAZZA XXIV MAGGIO

Milano
PIAZZA XXIV MAGGIO
106 mt

OMODEO FRASCHE

Milano
OMODEO FRASCHE
112 mt

CV TRINCEA DELLE FRASCHE

Milano
CV TRINCEA DELLE FRASCHE
112 mt

MILANO NAVIGLI

Milano
MILANO NAVIGLI
113 mt

ELIA CALUSCA

Milano
ELIA CALUSCA
118 mt

PANZERI

Milano
PANZERI
121 mt

ALZAIA

Milano
ALZAIA
141 mt

GUESTHERO LUIGI MANUSARDI 6

Milano
GUESTHERO LUIGI MANUSARDI 6
155 mt

LA VIGNETTA

Milano
LA VIGNETTA
173 mt

DOMUS NAVIGLI

Milano
DOMUS NAVIGLI
173 mt

KIBILÙ CORSO MANUSARDI 10

Milano
KIBILÙ CORSO MANUSARDI 10
175 mt

APPARTAMENTO D'ANNUNZIO

Milano
APPARTAMENTO D'ANNUNZIO
183 mt

CASA DI JACOPO

Milano
CASA DI JACOPO
185 mt

RIPA 5

Milano
RIPA 5
185 mt

INDARSENA

Milano
INDARSENA
185 mt

CAV NAVIGLIO PAVESE 8

Milano
CAV NAVIGLIO PAVESE 8
191 mt

CECI SANGOTTARDO

Milano
CECI SANGOTTARDO
192 mt

CAVALLERI MARCO ROBERTO NICOLA

Milano
CAVALLERI MARCO ROBERTO NICOLA
196 mt