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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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Interesting and lively even on an autumnal Monday evening

Lots of cafes offering special meal and beer deals for only €10 so it was very busy despite being a cool October evening. I should imagine on warm sunny evenings it is completely... read more

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lots of cafes offering special meal and beer deals for only €10 so it was very busy despite being a cool October evening. I should imagine on warm sunny evenings it is completely crazy. It is very pleasant walking along the canals and taking in all the amazing aromas before deciding where to eat. Definitely worth visiting.

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Naples, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and had heard this was the Venice of Milan, once construction was started in late 1800's, and stopped in and around 1939. We walked from the Duomo to Vaigli district, not a short trott. Once we arrived took one look at canals district and turned around and left. Canals are very very shallow, only three canals there, and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely area to walk as a break from central milan crowds. Traditional trattorias and best cotolette milanese that filled the plate (flattened veal in breadcrumbs with lemon and roast potatoes). This with a gelato from Amorino was a great location to fill time before heading back for airport. 2 metro stations very close by.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Many restaurants where you can basically have a spritz and eat a pizza, traditionally italian of course, very thin and big, not expensive area, but if you looking for a place to listen some music and buzzing around until late in the night maybe it's not so easy to find, at least I haven't seen many and those didn't appear... More 

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Porto District, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A place to walk (and drink) at the end of the days. A very pitoresque local with plenty of life into the streets.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A pleasant place to go for a stroll. There are plenty of cafes and bars to take a rest at and watch the world go by.

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Quite a run down looking area with lots of graffiti everywhere but seems this is the place to go for aperitivo! The canal is dirty but not smelly!

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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you don't visit Navigli you will miss the real charm of Milano. All along the river you can sit and relax either after a walk or a bike ride. And while enjoying the site seeing have a coffee break or enjoy a good meal on the way.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Most bars on right side of the canal offered a drink + buffet for $10 , very poor quality food . We went to a bar on the left side where we got better appertivos with drinks but the main course was such a let down , surprisingly the waitress said they don't have fresh pepper. The pavement is full... More 

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Badhoevedorp, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good to have a stroll with many resto's and bars to choose from. Look which is busy with "locals" and/or check TripAdvisor

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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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