I Navigli
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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About
Locals and travelers flock to this quaint neighborhood for its inviting atmosphere, delicious food, and great drinks. The Navigli area is centered on the two remaining canals that once encircled Milan. During the day, you can stroll along the waterfront to spot beautiful street art and visit historic landmarks like Vicolo dei Lavandai. Grab a spot by the Darsena pond at sunset to people-watch and relax before heading to a cozy bistro for dinner. Complete your visit with some gelato and drinks at the local pubs for a night out. The traditional Fiera di Sinigaglia flea market takes place here once a week too. – Tripadvisor
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Neighborhood: Navigli
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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  • Porta Genova • 3 min walk
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  • Ann B
    15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, bustling
    Beautiful and bustling. So pretty and different from the center of Milan. We enjoyed eating canal-side but get there early if you want to partake in the aperitif. We had to wait about half an hour to get a table for five. Bring mosquito repellent!! We got chewed up!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 23, 2023
  • 𝓝𝓪𝓽𝔂 ® 👑
    Moscow, Russia135,491 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I Navigli
    The name of the district is translated from Italian as "canals", as the appearance resembled Venice. The Grand Canal appeared first in 1178, and had a length of more than 50 kilometers. It was he who was used to deliver the snow-white marble from which the Duomo Cathedral in Milan was built.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 17, 2023
  • pooh
    9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good food and drinks
    I actually really liked this place. You have to walk down to get some quieter spots away from the loud party bars. We had the best drinks and food there. Take mosquito repellant as you will get bitten. The only thing that ruins it is the constant peddlers who try to sell you something, the government should really put a stop to this as they are irritating. Lots of nice restaurants but hunt around as there are many!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 22, 2023
  • J.J_Journeys🌙✨🌎
    United Kingdom144 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Navigli Canal October 2022
    Visited here last October in 2022. We had a brilliant time, weather was lovely, plenty of bars and restaurants to choose. Top tip…Get takeaway drinks and enjoy them on the canal !! Some bars do deals where they’re half the price so we had drinks which were €5 instead of €10. Follow our account @j.j_journeys on Instagram and TikTok for more details on our trips, travel inspo & itineraries of where we’ve visited 🌙✨🌞
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
  • Ken T
    Glen Oaks, New York902 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely canals in Milan
    I spent a half of a day along the lovely canals of Milan. It was not crowded with tourists and I was amazed by the restaurants and street vendors. I decided to have lunch at one of the restaurants and I was pretty much there alone until my desert came out. The area was so calm and peaceful and walking along the canals was great.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 27, 2023
  • places2seeplaces2go
    England, United Kingdom5,994 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such A Different Part Of Milan
    We hopped off the hop on hop off tour bus here & had a lovely walk around the canal area of Milan. We were there in the daytime/October so fairly quiet. Lots of bars/cafes/restaurants everywhere & plenty of artisan stalls selling items. Loved the area.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 26, 2023
  • Venetiasamos
    Athens, Greece480 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The heart of Milan' s nightlife
    The heart of the city has moved to this area, full of bars, cafes, restaurants!The canals are not so big. but is is nice to walk along and watch the people gathering and listen to music and meaybe, if you are like see a local music band. We were lucky to stay in a walking distance apartment and visited three times in a row!!! Apperitivo is served everywhere! There asre also nice restaurants, but you need to make a reservation.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 8, 2024
  • Chezza1216
    Biggleswade, United Kingdom87 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nightlife
    The canal is a great place to go after wandering around the city. We went there for 2 nights. You can go on a boat up and down but we didn’t bother. Was nice to drink aperitifs and just chill. We were there very late and it felt safe. Metro nearby and some lovely restaurants for all budgets.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 1, 2024
  • tinylass
    Sheffield, United Kingdom5,794 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely peaceful area
    Only a 20 minute walk from the centre, the area was lovely. Canals lined with shops, restaurants, bars and cafes and some street sellers selling souvenirs. It was nice to sit outside with a drink and people watch, then grab lunch and people watch some more - all whilst in the March sunshine.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 29, 2024
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Adriana M
Mexico City, Mexico79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It is nice to walk by all the antiques' stands. Too crowded though, we went and strolled for a bit, walked to the park that is next to it, then to the church at the end of Navigli. We did not stay there for lunch because it was too noisy for us.
Written May 19, 2024
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Janice C
Ottawa, Canada12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Please don’t go to the canals during the day!! We went at noon and this place clearly comes alive after 3 pm. Canal is small (lol not like Venice as was said ), but nothing is open until after 3. Most likely a mostly younger (under 30)
crowd. A lovely long walk to get there (really!), so get some extra steps on your trip as there are lovely streets and shops around and cool columns :))
Written May 14, 2024
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DocRah6
Greater Perth, Australia1,296 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Well, I visited the canals expecting to be overwhelmed but to my surprise I was disappointed . It was during the day on a Sunday and there were a few people on the side of the canals selling their paintings etc. The canals looked bleak and nothing happening and not as clean as I expected. I’m sure the vibe at night is different but was hoping for something more.
Written May 12, 2024
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dr K.
Beirut, Lebanon415 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Nice walking area, side of the canal, with lots of restaurants and cafes. Very busy and live area. Little off Milano downtown, but worthy
Written May 4, 2024
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tinylass
Sheffield, UK5,794 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Only a 20 minute walk from the centre, the area was lovely. Canals lined with shops, restaurants, bars and cafes and some street sellers selling souvenirs. It was nice to sit outside with a drink and people watch, then grab lunch and people watch some more - all whilst in the March sunshine.
Written April 29, 2024
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Chezza1216
Biggleswade, UK87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The canal is a great place to go after wandering around the city. We went there for 2 nights. You can go on a boat up and down but we didn’t bother. Was nice to drink aperitifs and just chill. We were there very late and it felt safe. Metro nearby and some lovely restaurants for all budgets.
Written April 1, 2024
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Ebenezer E
Texas8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
It's a lovely spot to unwind at the end of the day, with numerous bars and restaurants lining the canals. Many locals and visitors alike gather here for "Aperitivos," where you pay €10 for a drink and receive a generous plate of food with it. Alternatively, you can enjoy a drink and then dine at one of the nearby restaurants. Prices are on par with Milan's standards, so it's not the cheapest option, but definitely worth it for the experience.
Written March 29, 2024
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Patty P
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The Navigli area of Milan is vibrant. It is a canal surrounded by restaurants, bars and cafes. There are foot bridges to get from one side to the other. It is very pretty and fun.
Written February 8, 2024
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andrea g
Milan, Italy2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Very beautiful, romantic but very expensive and too much drug and alcol agtictc all around. After 11 tre atmosfere is very dark and unconfortable
Written January 23, 2024
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Venetiasamos
Athens, Greece480 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
The heart of the city has moved to this area, full of bars, cafes, restaurants!The canals are not so big. but is is nice to walk along and watch the people gathering and listen to music and meaybe, if you are like see a local music band. We were lucky to stay in a walking distance apartment and visited three times in a row!!! Apperitivo is served everywhere! There asre also nice restaurants, but you need to make a reservation.
Written January 8, 2024
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