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Naviglio Grande

Naviglio Grande: Our most recommended tours and activities

Private Navigli Walking Tour

1. 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

2. 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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  • Guided tours
  • Private tours
  • Water activities

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