Navigli District Walking tours

Our most recommended Navigli District Walking tours

Milan: Aperitivo Tour with Street Food

1. 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. The 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: Private Tour with Drinks & Bites in Centro Storico

2. 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: Private Fashion Tour

3. 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: Food and Wine Experience

4. 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.

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: 1-Hour Navigli Guided Walking Experience

6. 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.

Private Navigli Walking Tour

7. 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: Private Walking Tour of the Brera District

8. Milan: Private Walking Tour of the Brera District

Experience the old-fashioned charm of the Brera district in Milan on this walking tour. Find out where famous writers, intellectuals, and artist's once lived. View romantic bridges and the Palazzo di Brera palace. Meet your guide and start your walking tour of the Brera district. Make your way along the canals and admire the Ponte delle Gabelle bridge, the Conca dell'Incoronata lock, and the Tombone di San Marco bridge. View the houses which overlook the canal and pass by where the the writer Dino Buzzati once lived. Make your way to Via Solferino street where you can see the historic headquarters of the Corriere della Sera newspaper which once collected reels of paper from the Naviglio della Martesana canal. Follow your guide as you navigate a maze of narrow streets surrounding the Palazzo di Brera palace. Pass by the Brera Art Gallery and the Academy of Fine Arts. Stroll through the streets that inspired Luciano Bianciardi's book 'Vita Agra.' Head past Bar Jamaica and stroll by the cafes on Via Fiori Chiari street. Discover where  Scapigliati avant-garde artists once lived. Take in the historic shops which help to preserve an historic atmosphere.

Milan: Navigli Walking Tour and Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio

9. Milan: Navigli Walking Tour and Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio

Enjoy a 2.5-hour walking tour starting at the Basilica di San Lorenzo, Milano. Travel along Corso di Porta Ticinese and visit the Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio, one of the oldest churches in Milan. Explore the church and admire the magnificent fresco paintings inside the Portinari Chapel.  Continue to the Navigli District, a system of canals connecting the city to Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, the Po and Switzerland. View the system of dams invented by Leonardo da Vinci.  Travel to the renewed Darsena di Milano, a beautiful corner of the city. Finish your tour at the traditional houses of Milan, named 'casa di ringhiera'. Listen to your certified, monolingual guide as they tell you about the history of Milan. 

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What people are saying about Navigli District

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 60 reviews

Very much enjoyed the experience. We did it on our first evening in Milan, which I highly recommend. Terrific way to see this part of the city. Georgia was a wealth of knowledge. She answered all of our questions. Nice selection of food and drinks. Liked having the Orion to make a personal selection among the categories.

Anna was an amazing tour guide! My group and I were unable to meet at the meeting point on time and she was helpful with guiding us to the first location. She was also very patient with our group as it was a busy night in Milano. There were various events going on. Nonetheless we enjoyed the tour, 10/10 recommend

Such a lovely evening on our first night to Milan. We sampled some lovely local food, wine and cocktails and our guide was very sociable and got everyone in the group chatting. She also gave us some tips and places to visit.

Sarah a former model showed my daughter and me the unique and lesser known cool fashion stores in Milan. A great experience!

Nice walk in a lively aria and great food and wine. Eleonora was super sweet and helpful.