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Naviglio Martesana

Also called 'Naviglio Piccolo', it is the canal that connects Milan with the river Adda

Where
Naviglio della Martesana
Trezzo sull'Adda

The Naviglio della Martesana, which was finally completed under the rule of Ludovico il Moro, flows from Trezzo sull’Adda to Milan with an overall length of 38 km.

The route runs along the ancient Roman road (now the highway SS 11) which crossed the River Adda with two branches: at  Vaprio and at Cassano. For many years, the main function of the canal was for irrigation of lands situated above the water spring band, so much so that in the early days, navigation was limited to just two days a week; at the same time that it brought about improvements in the agricultural infrastructure, the villas of the nobility sprang up along the banks in the Baroque period, the owners taking advantage of the waterway to escape from the city and also keep an eye on their lands.

The irrigation function of the Martesana was less important than that of the Naviglio Grande, but it certainly served as a demarcation point between the arid plain to the north and the irrigated lowland to the south.

Identity card:

Year of birth: 1475

Navigable since: 1482

Length: 38 km

Land irrigated: 25,000 ha

Start: Trezzo sull’Adda

End: Milan


History:
The Naviglio Piccolo, or 'little canal', later to be known as the Martesana, was begun under Francesco Sforza in 1475 in order to transport "grindstones, oil presses, spinning wheels and map chests".

It starts at the River Adda, on the right bank, beneath the castle of Trezzo, and has over 129 branches which irrigate almost 25,000 hectares of land before it arrives in Milan at Cascina de' Pomm and ends up underground in San Marco. It was completed in only three years. It linked the city with the River Adda, Lake Como and thus Northern Europe. In 1497, Ludovico il Moro inaugurated the link with the inner culvert of Milan. Boats that travelled on the canal reached Milan in 7 hours and returned to Trezzo in 12 with the help of two draught horses.

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Places

From Lecco to the Martesana Canal

  • Cycle Tourism
Borgo di Pescarenico on the Adda river
1.12 km

Visconti Castle

From the tower of the Castle the view of the river and of the surrounding territory is priceless, from the Pre-Alps to the plain
  • Art & Culture
Visconti castle
1.58 km

Leonardo Adda Ecomuseum

Open-air museum along the Paderno Canal in which to rediscover the historical, artistic and naturalistic events of the territory
  • Art & Culture
Adda Leonardo Ecomuseum
2.29 km

Park North Adda

  • Parks
Park North Adda
2.46 km

Crespi d'Adda Workers Village

  • Unesco Sites
Crespi d'Adda Workers Village
3.09 km

Villa Paradiso Golf Club

Villa Paradiso Golf Club is situated in the splendid Adda Natural Park, just 20 minutes from Milan and Bergamo.
  • Golf
Villa Paradiso Golf Club, Cornate d’Adda (MB)
3.33 km

Villa Melzi d'Eril

Villa Melzi is a residential villa belonging to the Melzi family that looks out onto the River Adda
  • Art & Culture
Villa Melzi D'Eril
4.66 km

Cornate d'Adda

In the province of Monza e Brianza, the history of Cornate d'Adda goes back a long way and starts with water.
  • Art & Culture
Cornate d'Adda, Centrale idroelettrica Esterle
4.79 km

Bridge of Paderno d'Adda

Also known as the Rothlisberger Bridge it is a rail-road traffic and connects Paderno and Calusco through the Adda River
  • Art & Culture
Bridge of Paderno d'Adda
8.61 km

Tre Corni alla Rocchetta: Leonardo’s Landscape

  • Leonardo
Tre Corni alla Rocchetta
8.62 km

The Mulberry Tree of Cassano d'Adda

  • Art & Culture
The Mulberry Tree of Cassano d'Adda
9.82 km

Naviglio di Paderno

It was a product of the genius of Leonardo da Vinci who in the early 16th century was a guest of Count Melzi in Vaprio d'Adda.
  • Navigli
Naviglio di Paderno
9.83 km

Vimercate

From the Vimercate district museum to the jewels of little Oreno. Discover what to visit in Vimercate.
  • Art & Culture
Vimercate
10.38 km

Church of san paolo in imbersago

  • Religious Tourism
Church of San Paolo in Imbersago
11.23 km

Madonna del bosco sanctuary

The Imbersago Sanctuary is a valuable monument of Lombard Baroque and stands in a panoramic position on the Adda Valley
  • Religious Tourism
Madonna del Bosco Sanctuary
11.23 km

Golf Brianza Country Club

Golf Brianza Country Club is located in the south of Lake Como in a charming and wavy natural amphitheater.
  • Golf
Golf Brianza Country Club
11.7 km

The Ginkgo Biloba of Gorgonzola

An excellent Ginkgo biloba, a legendary tree from the Far East, embellishes the heart of Gorgonzola.
  • Active & Green
The Ginkgo Biloba of Gorgonzola
12.1 km

The magic of Lago di Sartirana

  • Lakes
The magic of Lago di Sartirana
12.9 km

Monastero di San Giacomo Maggiore

  • Religious Tourism
Monastero di San Giacomo Maggiore, Churches of Bergamo
13.09 km

Montevecchia and Curone Valley Park

  • Active & Green
motevecchia collina
13.72 km

Events

Marta e Olmo

Villa Gallavresi
Viale dei Municipi, 20, 23878, Verderio (LC)
23/06/2024
  • Art & Culture
Marta e Olmo
7.65 km

Terra - da Steinback alla Luna

Villa Gallavresi
Viale dei Municipi, 20, 23878, Verderio (LC)
07/07/2024
  • Art & Culture
Terra - da Steinback alla Luna
7.65 km

La danza di San Michele

29/06/2024
  • Art & Culture
La danza di San Michele
8.68 km

Come fare cose con le parole

centro sportivo
Via Airoldi, 22, 23877, Paderno d'Adda (LC)
22/06/2024
  • Art & Culture
Come fare cose con le parole
8.7 km

Omaggio a una generazione perduta

Centro sportivo
Via Airoldi, 23877, Paderno d'Adda (LC)
05/07/2024
  • Art & Culture
Omaggio a una generazione perduta
8.72 km

Brianze dipinte. Poeti del paesaggio, da gola a segantini

Villa Concordia
Via Fumagalli, 24, 23899, Robbiate (LC)
21/06/2024
  • Art & Culture
Brianze dipinte. Poeti del paesaggio, da gola a segantini
9.67 km

Linearity

Villa Concordia
Via Fumagalli, 24, 23899, Robbiate (LC)
23/06/2024
  • Art & Culture
Linearity
9.67 km

FA'ATAMA

Villa Concordia
Via Fumagalli, 24, 23899, Robbiate (LC)
23/06/2024
  • Art & Culture
FA'ATAMA
9.67 km

Quando venne buio

Parco di Villa Concordia
Via don A. Villa,23899, Robbiate, LC
28/06/2024
  • Art & Culture
Quando venne buio
10.47 km

Chez Bagonzo. Entodelizie da tutto il mondo

Spazio De Andrè
Parco Matteotti, 23870, Osnago (LC)
06/07/2024
  • Art & Culture
Chez Bagonzo. Entodelizie da tutto il mondo
11.15 km

Castle Open Day - days filled with medieval castles, villages and mansions

Sedi Vari
Palazzo Visconti a Brignano, Via Vittorio Emanuele II, Gera d'Adda (BG)
03/03/2024 - 01/12/2024
  • Art & Culture
Castle Open Day - days filled with medieval castles, villages and mansions
13.77 km

Monte Rock Festival

Parco del Curone
21/06/2024 - 23/06/2024
  • Music and show
Monte Rock Festival
13.9 km

Poetrips. Parole fuori dal comune

Villa Greppi
Via Monte Grappa, 21, 23873, Missaglia (LC)
23/06/2024
  • Art & Culture
Poetrips. Parole fuori dal comune
14.23 km

Il giardino delle Esperidi - Hamlet Private

Stazione dei treni
27/06/2024
  • Top Events
Il giardino delle Esperidi - Hamlet Private
14.97 km

Il giardino delle Esperidi - Arcipelago

Mondonico
27/06/2024
  • Art & Culture
Il giardino delle Esperidi - Arcipelago
14.97 km

Il giardino delle Esperidi - Messieur, che figura!

Corte San Donnino, Mondonico
27/06/2024
  • Art & Culture
Il giardino delle Esperidi - Messieur, che figura!
14.97 km

Mondonico, terra di artisti

28/06/2024
  • Art & Culture
Mondonico, terra di artisti
14.97 km

Il giardino delle Esperidi - Just walking

Piazza della stazione
28/06/2024
  • Art & Culture
Il giardino delle Esperidi - Just walking
14.97 km

Il giardino delle Esperidi - Il sentiero delle acque

Mondonico
29/06/2024
  • Art & Culture
Il giardino delle Esperidi - Il sentiero delle acque
14.97 km

Il giardino delle Esperidi - Just walking

Stazione di Olgiate Molgora
29/06/2024
  • Top Events
Il giardino delle Esperidi - Just walking
14.97 km

Activities

MTB Freeride – Full day high Orobie Alps, Bergamo

  • Active & Green
MTB Freeride – Full day high Orobie Alps, Bergamo
9.56 km

Eat like a local not like a tourist

  • Lifestyle
Eat like a local not like a tourist
14.53 km

Where to sleep

GARDEN HOUSE TREZZO

TREZZO SULL'ADDA
GARDEN HOUSE TREZZO
997 mt

Roberto Via Rocca 9

TREZZO SULL'ADDA
Roberto Via Rocca 9
1.1 km

GUEST HOUSE - PRIVATE HOT TUB

Trezzo sull'Adda
GUEST HOUSE - PRIVATE HOT TUB
1.22 km

Santa Marta 35 Sub 711

TREZZO SULL'ADDA
Santa Marta 35 Sub 711
1.4 km

GRAMSCI 13 SUB 701

TREZZO SULL'ADDA
GRAMSCI 13 SUB 701
1.59 km

Best Western Villa Appiani

Trezzo sull'Adda
Best Western Villa Appiani
1.68 km

La Casa di Tata

Trezzo sull'Adda
La Casa di Tata
1.72 km

AL SILTER

Capriate San Gervasio
AL SILTER
1.82 km

LA MARTESANA B&B

Trezzo sull'Adda
LA MARTESANA B&B
1.83 km

B&B ESTERCARLO

Trezzo sull'Adda
B&B ESTERCARLO
1.87 km

SIMONE GABBIADINI

CAPRIATE SAN GERVASIO
SIMONE GABBIADINI
1.92 km

NEVEN BERTOVIC

Capriate San Gervasio
NEVEN BERTOVIC
1.95 km

Martesana 1 Sub 501

TREZZO SULL'ADDA
Martesana 1 Sub 501
1.95 km

Il Viaggiator Curioso - Cozy House

Trezzo sull'Adda
Il Viaggiator Curioso - Cozy House
1.96 km

Giambellino

Trezzo sull'Adda
Giambellino
2.06 km

VARENNA

Capriate San Gervasio
VARENNA
2.1 km

Hotel Motel Longobardo

Trezzo sull'Adda
Hotel Motel Longobardo
2.15 km

B&B BEB FAMILY FIRST

Capriate San Gervasio
B&B BEB FAMILY FIRST
2.22 km

Via Paolo Bassi Sub 716

Trezzo sull'Adda
Via Paolo Bassi Sub 716
2.26 km

Al Civico 4

Grezzago
Al Civico 4
2.27 km