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Navigli District

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Address: South of Corso Porta Ticinese, Milan, Italy
Phone Number: 0239814082
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

This area in Milan offers reasonably-priced restaurants and some of the...

This area in Milan offers reasonably-priced restaurants and some of the city's most exciting nightclubs.

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Nice place to visit

I've been in this area a couple of weeks ago while in Milan for business. We went an evening that we finished to work early. You can easily arrive by underground, Metro Porta... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Alba A
Banbury, United Kingdom
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've been in this area a couple of weeks ago while in Milan for business. We went an evening that we finished to work early. You can easily arrive by underground, Metro Porta Genova seems the closest stop. Naviglio Grande is a pedestrian area and it's full of bars and restaurants on both sides of the canal. The Darsena is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great location, lovely buildings, good bars and wonderful atmosphere.. A must whilst in Milan.. Suit couples with the large selection of canal side bars and restaurants..

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Towcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited the Navigli on a Friday afternoon and one Bar 'Stand by Me' was open. The owner was very friendly and really looked after us. By late evening the area was absolutely buzzing with canal side restaurants serving every type of food imaginable and the bars packed with students, families and older clientelle, enjoying the atmosphere and good food.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Navigli is a lovely place to go out at night. Very live and crowded, full of young people, restaurants and bars. Recommend to take a walk in the district, see the area. It has nice canals with few restaurants on them (though don't expect those to be the culinary highlight of your trip, just nice atmosphere...). Some better restaurants are... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great place to indulge in the art of aperitivo. buy a cocktail and eat all night. Saunter along the canals and people watch.

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West Midlands, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Although it is supposedly pedestrianised on both sides, there was a lot of delivery vehicles & breakneck cyclists out to catch the unwary. The canal is lined with lots of restaurants & a few shops. The buildings are interesting and there are some very pretty spots.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were looking for somewhere lively for the evening - this place is easy to get to and offers loads of choices for food. However its the first place i've ever been where the restaurant offers Mosquito spray along with bread, olives and water.

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Vallejo, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had some free time so visited this area. Many canals going in different directions, with lots and lots of restaurants. We were glad we visited.

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Milano, Italia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is the characteristic district of Milan to walk and eat in the evening. young people mainly. you can sit in a cheep or medium price restaurant of pub. Safe and crowded at every hour day and night.

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had dinner here on our last night in town. It is a wonderland of shops, cafes, and gellato along a scenic canal with a very bohemian vibe. A very different spot from the historic center.

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Now I'm even more confused than ever. We are coming from our home in Forte dei Marmi, IT to Milano for one week. We have never spent time there. I am told by a Navigli apartment owner that there is NO water in the canals. She said they have been drained for repairs. I am looking at renting an apartment through Airbnb and we definitely have particular tastes. We are only looking at luxurious apartments and we have found options both in Brera and also in the Porto Genova/Navigli area. It is only my husband and I traveling and we are in our early 40s. My husband is an artisan with sculpture & wood both New and with Restoration and I am an Integrative Nutritionist with a specialty in Functional medicine...and also an interior designer for my husband's company. We both are passionate about wine, food, family, the arts, travel, music, and definitely fitness, Pilates and yoga. We definitely have discerning tastes so on the one hand Brera sounds good to us but we also thought of Porto Genova/Navigli because we do love fun quirky places mixed with luxury & great cafes the locals prefer. In both locations we have found very upscale apartments with all the luxuries we require but I was told by one of the apartment owners that is right over the Navigli Grande with beautiful balconies, there is no water in the canal. She lives in the same building so I don't know why she would tell me there's no water if there was... Especially when she wants to rent me her apartment. I'm so confused about this, can someone help me here? I gave all the details about us in the hopes that it will help some of you help us make our decision . Thank you all and advance… Infinite gratitude!

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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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