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Navigli District

South of Corso Porta Ticinese, Milan, Italy (Centro Storico)
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Ranked #68 of 409 Attractions in Milan
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Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: Dining, Nightlife
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Traveler Description: The nightlife is busy, with not just young hipsters, but also people who enjoy jazz or just being with lots of people out for the evening. Some... more »
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San Antonio, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We went on a Saturday night, had dinner and enjoyed strolling the streets, that were packed with locals. (We went to Brera district few nights prior, different experiences but we liked both places). There are constructions and no water in the canal, so plan to go there at night for dinner, drinks, or just strolling around and people watching.

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Ahmedabad, India
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Some hotel websites and photo albums show the photos of Navigli canal with glittering food joints at night. When I went there in day time and saw the empty canals littered with garbage, I really felt that the people who eat food at the canalside joints are exposed to health hazard.

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Toronto, Canada
18 reviews 18 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

NAVIGLI is supposed to be the Canal District in Milan. Having read some tourist guides about the district, we decided to go there to have a "stroll in the breeze" along the canal and enjoy a good meal in one of the cafes or restaurants lined on both sides of the canal. We got off at the metro station Porto... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I enjoyed my time. Initially an arrangement of waterways associated Milan to lakes and streams all over Lombardy. The marble utilized for the development of the Duomo was transported by means of these conduits from the Lago Maggiore close to the Alps to the middle of the city. Michelangelo was enrolled to help outline an arrangement of inventive conduits to... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Visited the canals before sunset and to be honest couldn't stop laughing at the fact we went at the time they were renovating and there was no water in the canals... I guess when renovating anything there will be detours, orange tape and heavy machinery its part of the process!! so we got on with it, why let a little... More

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We discovered the Navigli district May 2013 and we were thrilled. Unique, artsy shops, restaurants, scenic canals and away from the megastores and tourist spots. We went this September (2014) and the entire place was a construction zone with streets ripped up, orange construction tape hanging, footpath detours, heavy machinery, etc... They are doing big time work that is going... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The Navigli area offers relaxing walks by the canal sides; small family owned restaurants and lots of places offering ice creams and small snacks. The potential is very good. Unfortunately the area is somewhat run down, with virulent graffiti and a sense that it is in urgent need of a makeover. Nevertheless, it is quite good for a quiet stroll... More

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Broome, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

My wife & I went to Navigli in Milan and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Simply catch a Metro to Port Genoa and upon exiting the station walk straight ahead to a blocked off street full of market vendors. Out the other end swing right & you are there. Simple! The canals used to connect with others and covered many kilometres in... More

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Saint Kilda, Victoria, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Nice to walk around. More so if you like to eat and drink though, as there isn't much else to do here. A couple of interesting/ quaint little shops- books and "vintage" products alike. Worth a visit, definitely if you have time to kill or want to go somewhere novelty to eat. Don't go with great expectations though.

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North West, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is what the guidebooks don't tell you - the centre of Milan at night is quiet and only tourists. Everyone else is at Navigli! Trendy, bohemian and full of people having a drink, walking up and down, relaxing over dinner. Magical.

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