The Navigli

The navigli were a system of navigable and interconnected canals around Milan, Italy. Though today, even though these canals are mostly derelict, unnavigable, or used for irrigation they are the still one of Milan’s most beautiful and popular attractions.

The Navigli consists of five canals: Naviglio Grande, Naviglio Pavese, Naviglio Martesana, Naviglio di Paderno, Naviglio di Bereguardo but when Milanese refer to Navigli they usally speak about the Naviglio Pavese and Naviglio Grande because they are the place to meet in the city. During the day we suggest visiting the Vicolo Lavandai, a beautiful corner where washerwomen used to wash clothes, while taking a stroll along the Naviglio Grande.

At night this neighborhood becomes a center of Milanese nightlife offering lively bars, restaurants and nightclubs filled with live music, local bands, and jazz. Start your evening there around sunset enjoying the view and a drink from the waterfront bars followed by a happy hour aperitif at about 6:00 pm Grab a late dinner and then hit the bars. Clubbing starts at about 11.00 pm running to about 4 am and runs up and down the Naviglio Grande.

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