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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
3.27 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

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 500
Tre Corni alla Rocchetta
8.62 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

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

Donizetti Theater

It covers an area of 3200 square meters for a total of 1154 places. For the harmony of sound it is considered among the best in Italy
  • Art & Culture
Donizetti Theater
12.22 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

Lorenzo Rota Botanical Gardens

A small naturist laboratory where the passion and the art of the workers bring together exotic plants with the indigenous ones
  • Active & Green
Lorenzo Rota Botanical Gardens
14.17 km

Activities

Leolandia entrance tickets

  • Active & Green
Leolandia entrance tickets
2.76 km

“La Cascade” wellness center and spa

  • Wellness
“La Cascade” wellness center and spa
9.5 km

The Gorgonzola and the Marquise: cheese for poor people at a nobles banquet (VIP)

  • Food & Wine
The Gorgonzola and the Marquise: cheese for poor people at a nobles banquet (VIP)
11.64 km

Classic car rental in Italy

  • Active & Green
Classic car rental in Italy
14.43 km

Eat like a local not like a tourist

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

Where to sleep

LA VECCHIA SCUDERIA

Trezzo sull'Adda
LA VECCHIA SCUDERIA
1.54 km

BEST WESTERN VILLA APPIANI

Trezzo sull'Adda
BEST WESTERN VILLA APPIANI
1.68 km

B&B LO SCOIATTOLO

Capriate San Gervasio
B&B LO SCOIATTOLO
1.75 km

BEL BEL

Capriate San Gervasio
BEL BEL
1.84 km

B&B SULL'ADDA

Capriate San Gervasio
B&B SULL'ADDA
1.85 km

GIAMBELLINO

Trezzo sull'Adda
GIAMBELLINO
2.06 km

VILLA E GARDEN

Capriate San Gervasio
VILLA E GARDEN
2.13 km

HOTEL MOTEL LONGOBARDO

Trezzo sull'Adda
HOTEL MOTEL LONGOBARDO
2.15 km

LEARDINI CAPRIATE

Capriate San Gervasio
LEARDINI CAPRIATE
2.18 km

AL CIVICO 4

Grezzago
AL CIVICO 4
2.27 km

LE VIGNE SULL'ADDA

Bottanuco
LE VIGNE SULL'ADDA
2.38 km

B2IN

Capriate San Gervasio
B2IN
2.57 km

VILLA CAROLINA

Grezzago
VILLA CAROLINA
2.57 km

B2IN SUITE & LOFT

Capriate San Gervasio
B2IN SUITE & LOFT
2.88 km

B&B VILLA TERRY

Bottanuco
B&B VILLA TERRY
3.21 km

B&B CASA LULU'

Brembate
B&B CASA LULU'
3.31 km

RIST HOTEL PIANURA INN

Busnago
RIST HOTEL PIANURA INN
3.38 km

VILLA CAVOUR

Bottanuco
VILLA CAVOUR
3.42 km

B&B L'ISOLA DI CASA

Brembate
B&B L'ISOLA DI CASA
3.56 km

B&B VILLA PARADISO

Cornate d'Adda
B&B VILLA PARADISO
4.05 km