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Vicolo dei Lavandai

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Address: Vicolo dei Lavandai, 20144 Milan, Italy
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The History of town

This is a very special point in the Navigli neighborhood. The place is where women, in the past, usel to wash clothing, etc. It is a must!

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

This is a very special point in the Navigli neighborhood. The place is where women, in the past, usel to wash clothing, etc. It is a must!

Thank IlcuocoSaoPaulo
Constanta, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Is more of a pass-by thing than a must visit. Put it this way, you should come on the navigli for the aperitivo, cool-hunting and vintage shopping and you will definitely see the place, among other charming workshops and internal gardens. :)

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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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London, United Kingdom
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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.

Thank Matt_White101
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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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...

Thank GuglielmoMarin
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.

Thank vivimero
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!

Thank SamarinMilan

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The Navigli is part of historic Milan. In the ancient days, the entire city was linked with canals, similar to Venice. Today, most of the canals are gone, but the Navigli remains a canal-based neighborhood. There are two major canals: Naviglio Pavese and Naviglio Grande. The Naviglio Grande's bridges greet visitors at dusk with an amazing view. The Navigli district specializes in clubs, cafes, and vintage shops. Lifestyle reigns supreme here. You can start the walk from the Colonne di San Lorenzo, an antique colonnade in front of the Basilica di San Lorenzo. During the daytime, this place acts as a meeting point for artists and students reading books or chatting with friends; the nights turn it into a stepping-stone for club hoppers. Science lovers will also relish the opportunity to visit the Science and Technology National Museum Leonardo Da Vinci, showcasing inventions of the Italian genius.
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