• Art & Culture
    • Navigli

Vicolo dei Lavandai

The Vicolo dei Lavandai is an enchanting place where, with a bit of imagination, you can step back in time.

Where
Alzaia Naviglio Grande, Milano

Recently restored, this historic little alleyway leading off the Naviglio Grande still has a perfectly preserved early-20th century centrifuge and is a piece of old Milanese archaeology that is largely unknown to many of the city’s inhabitants.

It takes the name of a washhouse that until the end of the 1950s was used by women to wash clothes and linen. The Vicolo dei Lavandai is an enchanting place where, with a bit of imagination, you can step back in time and envisage the workers bent over washing the clothes in the stream. Today the rooms of the old drugstore that sold soap, bleach and brushes to the washerwomen are home to the restaurant El Brellin which, with its fireplaces and coffered ceilings, has preserved the atmosphere of this location.

The alley is dedicated to ‘lavandai’ - washermen - rather than washerwomen because in the 19th century it was men, organised in a genuine association, that provided the washing service. The guild of the Washermen of Milan dates to 1700. St. Anthony of Padua is their protector and an altar is dedicated to him in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie al Naviglio, located about 100 metres from the Vicolo dei Lavandai along the Alzaia Naviglio Grande.

The stream (el fossett, in Milanese dialect) is fed by the waters of the Naviglio Grande. Once upon a time the washerwomen knelt down on wooden “brellin”, rubbing the clothes on the stone stalls still visible in the alley today. The ‘detergent’ used by the washerwomen consisted of “palton”, a semi-dense paste of ash, soap and soda.

Take me here: Vicolo dei Lavandai

Places

Chiesa San Cristoforo

San Cristoforo is an evocative complex consisting of two little churches.
  • Art & Culture
Chiesa San Cristoforo
518 mt

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

Milan, the Culture of flavours

  • Food & Wine
Pigeon skewer according to Enrico Bartolini
1.79 km

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
2.29 km

Teatro Nazionale

Not just musicals! Many initiatives at Teatro Nazionale: the Kids Academy, exhibitions, events ... and the Parco delle Arti.
  • Art & Culture
Teatro Nazionale
2.32 km

Navigli District

  • Lifestyle
Navigli District
2.37 km

Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci

  • Art & Culture
Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci
2.43 km

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
2.54 km

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
2.7 km

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
2.74 km

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
2.78 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
2.8 km

The Last Supper

The Last Supper is the masterpiece of Leonardo da Vinci. A Unesco Heritage site along the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan
  • Unesco Sites
The Last Supper
2.83 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
2.88 km

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
2.88 km

Ticinese columns of San Lorenzo

  • Lifestyle
Ticinese columns of San Lorenzo
2.88 km

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
2.95 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
3.21 km

Needle, Thread and Knot

  • Art & Culture
Needle, Thread and Knot in Piazzale Cadorna
3.35 km

Roman Theatre of Milan

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

Activities

Racing course with Formula BMW on an Italian racing track.

  • Lifestyle
Racing course with Formula BMW on an Italian racing track.
1.29 km

Test Drive a Ferrari 458 on an Italian racing track.

  • Active & Green
Test Drive a Ferrari 458 on an Italian racing track.
1.29 km

Test Drive a Ferrari 488 on an Italian racing track.

  • Active & Green
Test Drive a Ferrari 488 on an Italian racing track.
1.29 km

Milan E-bike tour

  • Cycle Tourism
Milan E-bike tour
1.84 km

Pasta, Ravioli, and Tiramisu cooking class in Milan

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

On the Navigli between courtyards and old-fashioned houses

  • Art & Culture
On the Navigli between courtyards and old-fashioned houses
2.51 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
2.57 km

Milan Mix Aperitivo and Street Food Tour

  • Art & Culture
Milan Mix Aperitivo and Street Food Tour
2.59 km

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
2.69 km

Semi-private Milan tour with Last Supper tickets

  • Art & Culture
Semi-private Milan tour with Last Supper tickets
2.77 km

Da Vinci's Last Supper skip-the-line tickets and guided tour

  • Art & Culture
Da Vinci's Last Supper skip-the-line tickets and guided tour
2.77 km

Leonardo's Vineyard guided visit

  • Leonardo
Leonardo's Vineyard guided visit
2.77 km

Renaissance treasures walking tour with Da Vinci's Last Supper

  • Art & Culture
Renaissance treasures walking tour with Da Vinci's Last Supper
2.79 km

Leonardo's Vineyard entrance ticket with audioguide

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

Highlights of Milan bike tour

  • Cycle Tourism
Highlights of Milan bike tour
2.81 km

Milan walking tour with Last Supper skip-the-line tickets

  • Art & Culture
Milan walking tour with Last Supper skip-the-line tickets
2.81 km

Last minute Da Vinci's Last Supper guided tour with skip-the-line tickets

  • Art & Culture
Last minute Da Vinci's Last Supper guided tour with skip-the-line tickets
2.81 km

The Last Supper self-guided audio tour

  • Unesco Sites
The Last Supper self-guided audio tour
2.83 km

Wine tasting in Milan

  • Food & Wine
Wine tasting in Milan
2.87 km

Milan Street Art Tour, Navigli and Ticinese area

  • Art & Culture
Milan Street Art Tour, Navigli and Ticinese area
2.88 km

Where to sleep

ITALIANWAY SAVONA 146

Milano
ITALIANWAY SAVONA 146
320 mt

ITALIANWAY SAVONA 108

Milano
ITALIANWAY SAVONA 108
384 mt

DA VINCI SRL DA CASCIA

Milano
DA VINCI SRL DA CASCIA
498 mt

ITALIANWAY BINDA10

Milano
ITALIANWAY BINDA10
612 mt

BINDA 10 - SUB.712

Milano
BINDA 10 - SUB.712
612 mt

PONTI 48 SUB 23 PIANO 4

Milano
PONTI 48 SUB 23 PIANO 4
630 mt

AL DICIANNOVE

Milano
AL DICIANNOVE
652 mt

ITALIANWAY TROYA 17

Milano
ITALIANWAY TROYA 17
746 mt

ITALIANWAY TULIPANI 4

Milano
ITALIANWAY TULIPANI 4
821 mt

CAV MISURATA 63

Milano
CAV MISURATA 63
980 mt

CAV SOLARI 43 SUB 707

Milano
CAV SOLARI 43 SUB 707
992 mt

ITALIANWAY MONTECATINI 15

Milano
ITALIANWAY MONTECATINI 15
1.02 km

VILLORESI5-6P

Milano
VILLORESI5-6P
1.14 km

KIBILU - VIA PASTORELLI

Milano
KIBILU - VIA PASTORELLI
1.16 km

ITALIANWAY RIPA DI PORTA TICINESE 103

Milano
ITALIANWAY RIPA DI PORTA TICINESE 103
1.16 km

ITALIANWAY WASHINGTON 91

Milano
ITALIANWAY WASHINGTON 91
1.28 km

IL CERCHIO DI REBECCA - LUDOVICO IL MORO 137

Milano
IL CERCHIO DI REBECCA - LUDOVICO IL MORO 137
1.29 km

HOME AT HOTEL VIA DEI GRIMANI 12 SUB 55

Milano
HOME AT HOTEL VIA DEI GRIMANI 12 SUB 55
1.36 km

GUESTHERO APARTMENT MILANO - DE ANGELI M1

Milano
GUESTHERO APARTMENT MILANO - DE ANGELI M1
1.44 km

BDB PREMIUM HOSTING BERGOGNONE 43 SUB 750

Milano
BDB PREMIUM HOSTING BERGOGNONE 43 SUB 750
1.46 km