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Address: Vicolo dei Lavandai, 20144 Milan, Italy

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A picturesque glimpse into medieval times!

In medieval times, a network of navigli, or canals, crisscrossed the city. Almost all have been covered, but a few and Naviglio Grande Canal is the most beautiful! The tiny Vicolo... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

In medieval times, a network of navigli, or canals, crisscrossed the city. Almost all have been covered, but a few and Naviglio Grande Canal is the most beautiful! The tiny Vicolo dei Lavandai stems off it, and it is where the women used to go washing clothes and textiles. Its a romantic corner, with the candle lit tables of Brellin's... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Disappointing and expected more. A lot of work being done in this area so more like a building site and a lot of the water appears to be drained out by the workers. Also a lot of graffiti and rubbish about. Not worth a visit especially as it's located a fair way from the centre.

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Milano, Italia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This is the remain of a corner used in old times by ladies going for washing. It's still like it used to be, with an old wooden canopy. Nearby there's the romantic restaurant El Brellin, which during the evenings sets candle lights along the small canal.

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Milano
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Vicolo dei lavandai and all the Navigli Area could be a beautiful place, probably the best in Milan, if only they were better kept, cleaned and restored...but after years of promises they're just getting worse...

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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

I had high expectations of this area, as I read a lot about it. Unfortunately there were construction works, so we didn't see any water in the canal and it looked quite dirty. I am sure that it would look differently, with the work done. What I did like was to sit on a terrace of one of these restaurants/bars... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

A tourist cannot really miss it. Perfect picture stop and an idea of the old milano. Nice restaurants can be' Found around.

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Riga, Latvia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013 via mobile

Well, people are saying there's not much to see. True... but, you don't have places like this all over the world in every town. And the street itself is nice and charming.

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Milan, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

there is not much to see....once you have seen the space where they used to wash clothes....that's it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

it is now a ristorante, but on the outside you can still see the seats and cement stands that the women in past used to wash their clothes. and right there is a pretty cool canal and some bridges too. during the day, the reflection against it gave me some good pictures.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

A little charming spot in the old district of Naviglio, next to the channel that is at present used mainly for boat tours. Naviglio is sourrounded by numerous cafes and restaurants and it is a nice place to dine out. Vicolo dei Lavandai is a charming corner in the beginning of Naviglio, with an old water mill still working. You... More 

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