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Navigli District

Where
Milano
Infopoint
InfoPoint - Ufficio Turismo del Comune di Milano
Piazza Duomo, 14, Milano
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The history of Milan's canals (known as navigli) began in the 12th century with the construction of the first navigabile canal.

At the time, Milan was a city crossed by rivers and canals regulated by ingenious technical devices. Towards the end of the 15th century, Leonardo da Vinci devised an innovative system of locks that would later be implemented by master engineers.

In fact, the canals of Milan originated as navigable artificial canals used for the transportation of people and goods and for irrigation. During the 20th century, with the spread of the trams and trains as a means of transport, almost all of them were completely covered.

This feature of Milan's history can be revived by taking a walk in the Navigli District, in the romantic Vicolo dei Lavandai and passing over the ancient bridges of the Naviglio Grande.

When we speak of the Navigli District in Milan we are referring to the area of the Darsena, the port of Milan next to Piazza XXIV Maggio, and the streets that run along the Naviglio Grande, which linked Milan to Switzerland, and the Naviglio Pavese, which connected the city to Pavia.

Today this area has been re-evaluated and is considered one of the most beautiful residential areas of the city. Ancient views of romantic Milan can be glimpsed along the banks of the Naviglio: "case di ringhiera" (typical houses built around a central courtyard), workshops, ancient wash houses covered by wooden beam roofs.

The Navigli District is highly popular. During the day you can visit art galleries, go shopping in the shops of artisans and wander through the antique market held on the last Sunday of each month. In the evening, this is a perfect destination for enjoying drinks and dining in the many places that make it one of the most entertaining and attractive districts of the city.

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Places

Darsena di Milano

As well as being the city’s port, in the past the Darsena was also a highly important water junction.
  • Navigli
Darsena
173 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
203 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
336 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
391 mt

Milan, the Culture of flavours

  • Food & Wine
Pigeon skewer according to Enrico Bartolini
706 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
718 mt

Ticinese columns of San Lorenzo

  • Lifestyle
Ticinese columns of San Lorenzo
726 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
743 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
1.12 km

Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci

  • Art & Culture
Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci
1.2 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
1.26 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
1.4 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
1.44 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
1.47 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
1.48 km

Roman Theatre of Milan

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

Leonardo’s Vineyard

Leonardo's Vineyard is located in Milan, in front of the Santa Maria delle Grazie church; it was given to Leonardo by Ludovico il Moro
  • Art & Culture
Vigna di Leonardo, Musei Milano
1.54 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
1.58 km

Santa Maria delle Grazie

An impressive piece of architecture in the heart of Milan, inextricably linked to the fresco by Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper
  • Religious Tourism
Santa Maria delle Grazie, inspiring churches in Lombardy
1.61 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
1.62 km

Activities

Milan Mix Aperitivo and Street Food Tour

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

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

  • Art & Culture
Navigli Canals of Milan private STEP walking tour with a local guide
332 mt

Highlights of Milan bike tour

  • Cycle Tourism
Highlights of Milan bike tour
522 mt

Milan E-bike tour

  • Cycle Tourism
Milan E-bike tour
546 mt

Wine tasting in Milan

  • Food & Wine
Wine tasting in Milan
645 mt

Wine tasting in the heart of Milan

  • Food & Wine
Wine tasting in the heart of Milan
646 mt

Wine tasting experience in Milan city centre

  • Food & Wine
Wine tasting experience in Milan city centre
650 mt

Tour of the cloisters and courtyards of Milan

  • Art & Culture
Tour of the cloisters and courtyards of Milan
1.24 km

Longboard course for beginners

  • Active & Green
Longboard course for beginners
1.27 km

Pasta, Ravioli, and Tiramisu cooking class in Milan

  • Food & Wine
Pasta, Ravioli, and Tiramisu cooking class in Milan
1.28 km

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

  • Art & Culture
Skip the line tickets to the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci
1.29 km

Guided tour of Milan's Fascist architecture

  • Art & Culture
Guided tour of Milan's Fascist architecture
1.33 km

Last Supper tickets and Codex Atlanticus guided tour

  • Leonardo
Last Supper tickets and Codex Atlanticus guided tour
1.41 km

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana entrance tickets

  • Art & Culture
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana entrance tickets
1.44 km

Milan tour by historical tram

  • Art & Culture
Milan tour by historical tram
1.52 km

Modern Milan tour by rickshaw

  • Art & Culture
Modern Milan tour by rickshaw
1.53 km

Shopping tours by rickshaw in Milan

  • Lifestyle
Shopping tours by rickshaw in Milan
1.53 km

Leonardo's Vineyard entrance ticket with audioguide

  • Leonardo
Leonardo's Vineyard entrance ticket with audioguide
1.57 km

Leonardo's Vineyard guided visit

  • Leonardo
Leonardo's Vineyard guided visit
1.57 km

Santa Maria delle Grazie and Old Sacristy entrance ticket with audioguide

  • Leonardo
Santa Maria delle Grazie and Old Sacristy entrance ticket with audioguide
1.57 km

Where to sleep

EASYLIFE D'ANNUNZIO 25

Milano
EASYLIFE D'ANNUNZIO 25
93 mt

CASA DOLCE CASA

Milano
CASA DOLCE CASA
102 mt

MAGOLFA 1

Milano
MAGOLFA 1
106 mt

RIPA DI PORTA TICINESE 17_SUB 23

Milano
RIPA DI PORTA TICINESE 17_SUB 23
118 mt

ITALIANWAY RIPA DI PORTA TICINESE 17

Milano
ITALIANWAY RIPA DI PORTA TICINESE 17
118 mt

EASYLIFE CORSO LUIGI MANUSARDI, 3/A

Milano
EASYLIFE CORSO LUIGI MANUSARDI, 3/A
130 mt

P&D APARTMENTS VIGEVANO 1 SUB 32

Milano
P&D APARTMENTS VIGEVANO 1 SUB 32
137 mt

DARSENA

Milano
DARSENA
151 mt

RIPA DI PORTA TICINESE

Milano
RIPA DI PORTA TICINESE
155 mt

GUESTHERO LUIGI MANUSARDI 6

Milano
GUESTHERO LUIGI MANUSARDI 6
163 mt

NAVIGLIO PAVESE 12

Milano
NAVIGLIO PAVESE 12
172 mt

ICS HOUSE VIGEVANO 9 SUB 20

Milano
ICS HOUSE VIGEVANO 9 SUB 20
228 mt

ICS HOUSE VIGEVANO 9 BIS

Milano
ICS HOUSE VIGEVANO 9 BIS
228 mt

GUESTHERO APARTMENT MILANO - PORTA GENOVA M2

Milano
GUESTHERO APARTMENT MILANO - PORTA GENOVA M2
270 mt

ITALIANWAY VIGEVANO 10 MONO

Milano
ITALIANWAY VIGEVANO 10 MONO
275 mt

ITALIANWAY VIGEVANO 10 BILO

Milano
ITALIANWAY VIGEVANO 10 BILO
275 mt

ITALIANWAY VIGEVANO 13

Milano
ITALIANWAY VIGEVANO 13
275 mt

CASA DI FRANCO

Milano
CASA DI FRANCO
276 mt

ICS HOUSE ARENA 19SUB 740

Milano
ICS HOUSE  ARENA 19SUB 740
280 mt

ICS HOUSE ARENA 19 SUB 703

Milano
ICS HOUSE ARENA 19 SUB 703
280 mt