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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

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Navigli District
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Church of Sant'Eustorgio

Founded in the fourth century, the basilica was enriched with valuable Renaissance additions and the famous Portinari chapel was built
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Church of Sant'Eustorgio
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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
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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.
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Columns of San Lorenzo

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San Lorenzo Basilica

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Ticinese columns of San Lorenzo

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Ticinese columns of San Lorenzo
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Milan, the Culture of flavours

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Pigeon skewer according to Enrico Bartolini
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Sant'Ambrogio Basilica

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Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci

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Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci
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Carcano Theater

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Carcano Theater
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Museo Mangini Bonomi

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Ambrosian Picture Gallery

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Duomo Museum

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Navigli Canals of Milan private STEP walking tour with a local guide

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Highlights of Milan bike tour

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Wine tasting in the heart of Milan

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Wine tasting experience in Milan city centre

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Milan E-bike tour

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720 mt

Tour of the cloisters and courtyards of Milan

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Longboard course for beginners

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1.16 km

Guided tour of Milan's Fascist architecture

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Last Supper tickets and Codex Atlanticus guided tour

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Pinacoteca Ambrosiana entrance tickets

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1.36 km

Skip the line tickets to the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci

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Pasta, Ravioli, and Tiramisu cooking class in Milan

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Modern Milan tour by rickshaw

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Modern Milan tour by rickshaw
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Shopping tours by rickshaw in Milan

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Milan tour by historical tram

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Milan tour by historical tram
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Duomo and Sforza Castle guided tour

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Duomo of Milan guided tour

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