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Milan: 1-Hour Navigli Canal Cruise with Audio Guide

1. Milan: 1-Hour Navigli Canal Cruise with Audio Guide

Begin your tour by boarding the new electric boat. As the boat sets off along the canal, see the "case di Ringhiera", typical houses of the working-class districts of Milan. Cruise towards the popular 13th-century church of San Cristoforo while listening to informative commentary from your guide. See where the delicious Marscarpone cheese is said to have been invented as you float down an alley of cheesemakers. Come across the historic headquarters of the Canottieri Milano Olona, one of the longest-running rowing clubs in the city of Milan, with a history of over 100 years behind it. Pass by the famous Vicolo dei Lavandai, an architectural wonder that in the 18th-century was in charge of washing the linen of wealthy families. Cross the Scodellino bridge and reach the modern Darsena, an area of entertainment on the water, full of busy bars, restaurants, and clubs. It is still today one of the main centers of Milanese nightlife. Float towards the Trophy bridge and finally come to the Conchetta designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Experience the 14 navigation basins of the Conchetta that connect Milan and Pavia. It is still operational five centuries after its construction.

Private Navigli Walking Tour

2. Private Navigli Walking Tour

Your 1.5-hour walking tour begins in Piazza Sant’Eustorgio, in front of the basilica that was founded in the early Christian era. Your walk will take you to the Darsena, site of an ancient inner harbor built during the Spanish era and active until the 1970s for the regional trade. During the tour you’ll learn about the history of the canal from the 12th century, and how Leonardo later improved the system of locks. Hear about the tradition of ancient trades and the people who lived along the waterways. Cross the Triumph Bridge and walk along the Naviglio Pavese, crossing picturesque alleys as you continue to the Naviglio Grande, Milan’s main canal. After reaching the canal you’ll walk with your guide until you come to Vicolo dei Lavandai, a corner that has been kept intact. After the tour you may want to stay to enjoy an aperitivo at one of the bars lining the banks of the canals, or enjoy a meal at a traditional Milanese trattoria.

Milan: Courtyards and Terraces Walking Tour of Navigli

3. Milan: Courtyards and Terraces Walking Tour of Navigli

Follow your guide through the picturesque streets of the Navigli district in Milan on this group tour. See green courtyards and flowered balconies. Stroll on the banks of the Alzaia Naviglio Grande.  Meet your guide and begin your tour of the courtyards in Navigli. Wander through the the Milanese railing houses to discover blooming balconies and lush vegetation. Learn more about Milan and its canals from your local guide. Find old streets where time seems to have stopped. Cross the threshold of a typical council house in Corso San Gottardo. Explore the ancient Milanese port of Darsena. Hear some of the the verses of Alda Merini, the poetess of the Navigli. See a magical courtyard at Associazione Naviglio Grande. Experience hidden gems between Via Vigevano and Alzaia Naviglio Grande. Finally, stop at the courtyard of the Engraving Center, where artists still learn this ancient craft.


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What people are saying about Naviglio Grande

Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 42 reviews

Very nice walk on the canal. In addition we had the chance to be all alone on the boat it was royal! No audio guide but he hates a speaker to explain the main lines of the origin of the channels! To do!

Un giro carino per i navigli. Ero insieme alla mia nipotina ed è stata molto felice.

Super linda vista desde el barco. Estuve en Milán solo un día y fue lindo

приятная прогулка по городу на катере. Может быть, немного медленнее

Un agradable viaje en barco. Estaba soleado. la vida era hermosa