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Navigli District

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Navigli
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Address: South of Corso Porta Ticinese, Milan, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 02 3981 4082
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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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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That's a good place to go during free time maybe in the last part of evening to drink something and spend time with friends and new people. Absolutely to go if is the first time... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

That's a good place to go during free time maybe in the last part of evening to drink something and spend time with friends and new people. Absolutely to go if is the first time in Milan.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This area is very lively and full of life. Late night meals and music along the beautiful river. Just bring bug spray, lots of mosquitos. Food was very good and people very friendly. Reminded me of the village in NY

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I stayed 10 days on my own and enjoyed feeling like a resident. So lively, friendly and full of life. Loved walking around, discovering new cafes every day. Watched different activities around the canal, it was so uplifting to see people dancing outdoors.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I visited during a windy January morning so my view of Navigli may not be as representative of the area. Not something to be done in a winter morning when nothing is open. Navigli is probably much better to wonder through in the summer, when you are not forced by the cold to enter and remain in an eatery or... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had our favourite memories of our trip to Milan at Navigli. Lots going on + amazing cocktails and restaurants with a lovely atmosphere.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited on a Saturday morning as heard there was a market there. Very disappointing just a load of tat with the usual hats and socks and second hand Dvds. Didn't visit in the night when all the restaurants were open so asume its a totally different atmosphere at night.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I keep returning to Porto Genova because it's so close to the Navigli District. There's quite reasonable places to stay if you look and in the evenings the area round the canal is so busy & lively. Lots of good places to eat, great transport and there's a market at the side of the canal about twice a week. I'm... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As Milan first timers did we not really know where to stay, when looking for apartments in AirBnB. Of course we did some research in advance, but were unsure right up until the very last week before arriving. Lucky enough did we finally decide on Navigli and more than pleased with our choice. We visited Milan in Dezember for New... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another nice evening walking on the canal. A lot of locals come here to enjoy a drink with friends and I saw many young people, but not only. The mood was one of happiness and ease after a day of work that should be celebrated with friends or a lover.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Typical architecture, authentic atmosphere, beautiful sight, a lot of cafes and shops. I was lucky to visit around Christmas time and witness all the lovely lights along the canal and all over the bridges. Definitely recommend to visit and take a long romantic walk.

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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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Neighborhood Profile
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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