• 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

The Red Oak of Porta Ticinese

There are two monuments that characterise Piazza XXIV Maggio, one architectural and one arboreal: Porta Ticinese and the big red oak.
  • Active & Green
The Red Oak of Porta Ticinese
2.56 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
  • Unesco Sites
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

A symbol of the city, in Piazza Cadorna. The sculpture all about Milan, by pop art masters, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
  • Art & Culture
Needle, Thread, and Knot
3.32 km

Activities

Racing course with Formula BMW on an Italian racing track.

  • Active & Green
Racing course with Formula BMW on an Italian racing track.
1.29 km

Test Drive a Ferrari 458 on an Italian racing track.

  • Lifestyle
Test Drive a Ferrari 458 on an Italian racing track.
1.29 km

Test Drive a Ferrari 488 on an Italian racing track.

  • Lifestyle
Test Drive a Ferrari 488 on an Italian racing track.
1.29 km

Guided tour by boat on the Navigli of Milan

  • Art & Culture
Guided tour by boat on the Navigli of Milan
2.27 km

In the heart of Milan - Golf travel package

  • Golf
In the heart of Milan - Golf travel package
2.36 km

On the Navigli between courtyards and old-fashioned houses

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

The Last Supper, guided tour to the great work of Leonardo

  • Art & Culture
The Last Supper, guided tour to the great work of Leonardo
2.8 km

San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, a very precious jewel

  • Art & Culture
San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, a very precious jewel
3.22 km

The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, a tour to the masterpieces of Art

  • Art & Culture
The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana,  a tour to the masterpieces of Art
3.49 km

Aperitif on the Torre Branca, in the center of Parco Sempione

  • Art & Culture
Aperitif on the Torre Branca, in the center of Parco Sempione
3.49 km

Longboard course for beginners

  • Active & Green
Longboard course for beginners
3.5 km

On the vintage tram in Milan, in the 1920’s atmosphere

  • Art & Culture
On the vintage tram in Milan, in the 1920’s atmosphere
3.6 km

Golf, Relax and Wine in Lombardy

  • Golf
Golf, Relax and Wine in Lombardy
3.63 km

Leonardo da Vinci in Milan

  • Art & Culture
Leonardo da Vinci in Milan
3.64 km

The heart of Milan

  • Art & Culture
The heart of Milan
3.71 km

Milan - Franciacorta

  • Golf
Milan - Franciacorta
3.75 km

Guided tour of Classic Milan

  • Art & Culture
Guided tour of Classic Milan
3.8 km

Licensed tour, hiking and experiential Guides in Lombardia

  • Active & Green
Licensed tour, hiking and experiential Guides in Lombardia
3.83 km

Private Tour discover Milan Highlights

  • Art & Culture
Private Tour discover Milan Highlights
3.83 km

The Underground Milan – The hidden archaeological areas

  • Art & Culture
The Underground Milan – The hidden archaeological areas
4.05 km

Where to sleep

LOFT G HOSPITALITY

MILANO
LOFT G HOSPITALITY
248 mt

Studio Ginko Milano VIA MORIMONDO 26 sub. 720

MILANO
Studio Ginko Milano VIA MORIMONDO 26 sub. 720
248 mt

CASAGINKOMILANO VIA MORIMONDO 26 sub. 721

MILANO
CASAGINKOMILANO VIA MORIMONDO 26 sub. 721
248 mt

MORINDINO DESIGN

Milano
MORINDINO DESIGN
248 mt

HOTEL VERSOVERDE

MILANO
HOTEL VERSOVERDE
264 mt

Cleanbnb Savona 123

MILANO
Cleanbnb Savona 123
282 mt

Savona 123 Sub 1462

MILANO
Savona 123 Sub 1462
282 mt

Appartamento A207

MILANO
Appartamento A207
282 mt

SAVONA 123 SUB 1482

MILANO
SAVONA 123 SUB 1482
282 mt

Sunny Design Loft in Milan Goldfinch

Milano
Sunny Design Loft in Milan Goldfinch
282 mt

VIA MORIMONDO 11 sub. 35

MILANO
VIA MORIMONDO 11 sub. 35
284 mt

Industrial Style: nel nuovo quartiere della moda

Milano
Industrial Style: nel nuovo quartiere della moda
284 mt

Lodovico il Moro 53 sub 11

Milano
Lodovico il Moro 53 sub 11
287 mt

Podesta' Via Savona 123

MILANO
Podesta' Via Savona 123
287 mt

ATTICO DI DESIGN Zona NAVIGLI/MODA Milano

Milano
ATTICO DI DESIGN            Zona NAVIGLI/MODA Milano
288 mt

DESIGN FASHION NAVIGLI

Milano
DESIGN FASHION NAVIGLI
291 mt

YELLO HOUSE VIA SAVONA 118_SUB 747

MILANO
YELLO HOUSE  VIA SAVONA 118_SUB 747
307 mt

Loft Savona

MILANO
Loft Savona
320 mt

ITALIANWAY SAVONA 146

Milano
ITALIANWAY SAVONA 146
320 mt

Versoverde 2

Milano
Versoverde 2
325 mt