The history of Navigli begins in the second half of the XII century with the construction of the first navigable stretch. The first canal, the Ticinello, was inaugurated in 1179 and with its 50 km of length it started the Naviglio Grande.
Great engineers started the project that we can still admire today thanks to the innovative system designed by Leonardo da Vinci towards the end of the 15th century. Over the years the Navigli were neglected but in 1977 the state handed over the management of Naviglio della Martesana to the Region, which in 1980 launched a project of revaluation of the area.
Today the Navigli area is characterised by the presence of many artists, models, musicians and university students because of presence of numerous restaurants and bars open till late that make this area of Milan a real attraction. The atmosphere here is really very special and the surrounding landscape is really exciting to admire.
Besides the excitement of the nightlife attractions, there are many reasons why this area is so famous. In fact, there are also still many historic and antique places and corners. Hidden among bars and restaurants, for example, you will find old “case di ringhiera”, green spaces and the Vicolo dei Lavandai, named after a historic wash house.
How to reach the area: i Navigli are in the Porta Genova area (MM verde=green tube line). You can also get there with busses no 94 and 3.
What to see nearby:
• Sant’Eustorgio Church and Portinari Chapel
• Navigli area and boat cruises
• Via Savona – Via Tortona new urban site (former industrial area)
• Tuesday and Saturday market