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Milan: Navigli District Canal Boat Tour with Aperitivo

1. Milan: Navigli District Canal Boat Tour with Aperitivo

Explore the Navigli district, famous for its canals and vibrant evening life, on a boat cruise. Cruise along the Naviglio Grande and enjoy a glass of wine or Aperol spritz, with some tasty snacks. After you set off on the canal, enjoy the sights of typical Milanese railing houses, which represent the Milan of the past, now home to numerous bars and restaurants. Gently cruising upstream you will pass one of the oldest churches in the city: the Church of San Cristoforo. See the historic headquarters of Canottieri Milano Olona and the famous alley of the launderers, an architectural jewel that takes its name from the residents who washed their laundry there, all in complete relaxation and in a convivial atmosphere. If you want, you can also listen to the audio guide to learn a bit more about the district and sights you will see. Or simply enjoy the navigation while chatting with your friends over a glass of wine or Aperol spritz, a favorite local beverage.

Milan: 1, 2, or 3-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

2. Milan: 1, 2, or 3-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Take advantage of this pass for Milan’s open-top hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus and enjoy panoramic views of the city. This ticket gives you access to 4 separate but connecting bus loops and allows you to jump off at the attractions you want to explore further. Choose from commentary available in 10 languages via audio guide and hear facts about notable buildings like the Opera House and the Castello Sforzesco. You'll also learn about local food, including the recipe for Cotoletta alla Milanese and the history of the panettone. Buses run every 60 minutes, and should you need further information on board, assistants will be happy to help you with tips about monuments, shops, restaurants, and walking tours. Take the full Line A loop in 75 minutes, or hop off to explore any of the following attractions: Line A:  Stop 1 - Castello Stop 2 - Cadorna Stop 3 - Cenacolo Stop 4 - Corso Magenta Stop 5 - Duomo Stop 6 - Manzoni - Scala Stop 7 - Manin Stop 8 - Moscova Line B: Stop 1 - Duomo Stop 2 – La Scala Stop 3 - Manin Stop 4 - Repubblica Stop 5 - Palazzo Lombardia Stop 6 - Stazione Centrale Stop 7 - Buenos Aires Stop 8 - Porta Venezia Stop 9 - San Babila Line C: Stop 1 - Castello Stop 2 - Acquario Stop 3 - Garibaldi Stop 4 - City Life Stop 5 - Casa Milan Stop 6 - Mico - Congress Centre Stop 7 - Lotto -Montebianco Stop 8 - Lido Stop 9 - Ippodromo Stop 10 - Stadio San Siro Stop 11 - Lotto - Monterosa Stop 12 - Buonarroti Stop 13 - Pagano Stop 14 - Conciliazione Stop 15 - Parco Sempione Line D (from April to October): Stop 1 - Castello Stop 2 - Cadorna Stop 3 – Cenacolo Stop 4 - Navigli Stop 5 – Via Olona Stop 6 – Corso Magenta Stop 7 – Duomo Stop 8 – La Scala Stop 9 - Brera

Milan: Aperitivo Tour with Street Food

3. Milan: Aperitivo Tour with Street Food

Together with a guide, discover the different ways of relishing the aperitivo Milanese, all accompanied by high-quality snacks. During the tour, you will taste different versions of the aperitivo: Cocktails: try excellent cocktails whose main components are the spirits that made Milan's and Italy's history, directly from the hands of trained mixologists. These cocktails will take you on a journey as you discover how the Milanese culture in beverages has influenced nearly every region of Italy. Wine: Italy is the homeland of wine, and all-around Milan several famous vineyards have their premises and production sites. This tour presents a selection of the best labels among Italian wine cellars. Italian cheeses: in the framework of a unique location, you will taste the best Italian cheeses and get to know their organoleptic features, as well as their preparation techniques, which make them so exquisite. Cutting board with cold cuts and other high-quality snacks: each stop includes a wide selection of cured meats, gourmet snacks, and tastings of local preparations. Gourmet stuffed potatoes - nothing seems simpler than baked potatoes. Yet, from the ingredients’ simplicity, wisely matched with a mix of tradition and creativity, the most extraordinary preparations were created. Such are the potatoes you will taste, topped or stuffed with refined ingredients. At the end of the tour, you can also enjoy an espresso coffee and a piece of patisserie.

Milan: Grand City Highlights E-Bike Tour

4. Milan: Grand City Highlights E-Bike Tour

Start your tour in the vibrant Navigli district, a popular aperitif area with beautiful canals. Then, head to the Milan Stock Exchange, the Duomo, the Sforzesco Castle, amongst others. Listen to your knowledgeable guide as they explain the city's history as well as interesting anecdotes about the present. Cycle through the luxuriant Sempione Park and the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery as you explore the city center. Discover the old town that shows both the glorious past of the city and its breathtaking modernity which characterizes the development of Milan during the 21st century.  Explore the new city districts including Gae Aulenti, marvel at the Vertical Wood building and cross the most elegant squares.

Milan: Evening Food Tour

5. Milan: Evening Food Tour

Kick off your evening in Milan with this 3-hour food tour in the heart of the Brera Neighborhood. This culinary tour is a great way to spend the night out in Milan tasting some of the best Italian food in the city. Just some of the local food you’ll enjoy includes cannoli, culatello (dry cured ham), Milan-style meatballs, parma ham, a delicious Milanese classic dish, Prosecco, wine, and more! Your Milan food tour will conclude with a treat that needs little introduction: gelato. Your tour guide will teach you how to spot the freshest gelato so you can take the insider knowledge of this Italian ice cream with you through the rest of your time in Italy. Join this tour for an unforgettable Milanese food walking tour where you won’t only discover the flavors of Milan, but explore lesser-known local spots in the city you might have missed on your own. The tour operator keeps the number of spots limited on this tour to ensure a small group size. And of course, come hungry!  

Milan: Private Fashion Tour

6. Milan: Private Fashion Tour

Led by a fashion expert, your private fashion tour begins in Milan’s Navigli District. Admire the artisan boutiques and hear the stories behind the showrooms as you walk through the city streets. Stop at the Roberta e Basta art gallery, which presents a collection carefully selected from rare and exclusive works of art, design objects, and renowned vintage furniture. Continue to one of Milan’s hidden gems, known for its quality fabrics. Walk along the chic streets and stop to visit a Japanese jewelry shop and atelier, where the designer makes her jewelry. Enjoy a coffee break at a rustic-chic café before heading to the Cavalli e Nastri boutique, known for its stylish garments. Your last stop is the Armani boutique, an impressive building filled with luxurious items.

Milan: Private Tour with Drinks & Bites in Centro Storico

7. Milan: Private Tour with Drinks & Bites in Centro Storico

See Milan come to life as the locals come out to unwind in one of the top areas in town, the Centro Storico neighborhood. Visit 3 of the best spots for a drink and a typical local bite. Visit beautiful sights with your local guide and nightlife expert. Enjoy local drinks such as wine, beer, cocktails, or non-alcoholic beverages paired with delicious bites typical of the region as you hop from hotspot to hotspot. Vegetarian alternatives cover every taste. Immerse yourself in Milans' vibrant nightlife with your tour guide and get to know the city.

Milan: Navigli Canals Guided Boat Tour

8. Milan: Navigli Canals Guided Boat Tour

You will experience a unique cruise on the only waterways of Milan, the Navigli Canals, accompanied by a professional tour guide that will guide you to discover the district and the history of these famous canals. Meet our tour guide at the meeting point and jump on the new boat of the Navigli. Through a special perspective, you will be able to admire marvellous spots of the district, sailing from the Naviglio Grande to the Naviglio Pavese, passing through the iconic Darsena. Learn everything about the history of the Navigli canals, originally designed by the Renaissance Master Leonardo da Vinci, but not only. You will understand more about life and customs of the whole district, one of the most dynamic and entertaining of Milan nowadays.

Milan: 1-Hour Navigli Guided Walking Experience

9. Milan: 1-Hour Navigli Guided Walking Experience

Admire the system of dams in the Navigli area, designed by Leonardo Da Vinci. During this 1-hour walking tour from San Lorenzo Church, take a stroll to the Darsena and Navigli district. Your guide will show and explain the history behind the strategic system of canals that connected Milan to the surrounding area, including Lake Como and Lake Maggiore. Last but not least, stop to discover the extraordinary areas where washerwomen used to wash clothes, and marvel at the typical Milanese houses.

Milan: Food and Wine Experience

10. Milan: Food and Wine Experience

Start your Milan food experience with a glass of sparkling Franciacorta wine in a hidden venue. Then, stroll through the Navigli district with your guide, learning all about the Italian cuisine.  Taste a sample of risotto in one of the most well-known restaurants in Milan. It will be combined with a tasty pasta dish and a glass of white wine. After, visit a cheese shop famous for unpasteurized cheese. You will then be lead through a 5-course meal with matching wine and a delicious dessert at the end.

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What people are saying about Navigli District

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 1,957 reviews

Great tour around Milan seeing some main attractions and venturing a little out of the main city centre to see the newer area of the city. Our guide was helpful and very well informed and we stopped about 2 hours in for a 15 min break. The bikes were great, comfortable and easy to use. Would recommend this to get to know Milan!

We had a great time on the boat. The journey first went out of town and then back past the pier towards town again. In total, you can look at the surroundings from the water for about an hour. An Aperol Spritz and snacks (chips, nuts) were included. Entertaining, recommendable pleasure :-).

Alice was a great tour guide, she gave us a little history tour too! she really knows her history and she is really lovely! food and drink was very tasty and met some lovely people! would highly recommend

We really enjoyed our tour with Elisabeth. The E-bike was a perfect way to see the city whilst not having to work too hard and getting overheated.

This is the faster and best way to see Milan in a short time. You will gave the opportunity to see all the areas of Milan without walking!