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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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A great place to stroll

Ideal for night out with friends, the other half, older children and young ones. There are lots of places to eat, pizza, Milanese cuisine, ice cream shops. Lots to see, there were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Navigli district .... water canals, it was very easy to reach there, we started our walk from the Duomo, in our way there was lots of nice shopping stores and some Romanian historical pieces here and there, at the end we reached there and we started our evening, very nice and ideal for night out with friends and family, there... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took the recommended tram from the Central Station to go there but I think any means would work. It was night, lighted because of the Christmas season and pretty; that's where a small Christmas market was and the Coke ice-skating ring. Many little restaurants to visit, most with aperetivo special. We had dinner at one of the restaurants and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great lively area to visit for a walk, a few shops but mainly different places to stop for food or drink along the canal. Come in the afternoon or evening.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Ideal for night out with friends, the other half, older children and young ones. There are lots of places to eat, pizza, Milanese cuisine, ice cream shops. Lots to see, there were exhibitions along the banks of the grande canal, variety of stalls selling all sorts. The only thing missing was canal trips.

Thank madrads
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very busy in the evening. Really nice ambiance. We stopped off for dinner. Wonderful, reasonably priced food. Good for chilling with friends. Only problem is being constantly bugged by traders trying to sell you a rose or selfie stick.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Took metro to porta Genova exit left up stairs and you will see side entrance with bars and restaurants walk through and it will take you into the middle of the district. We visited during day to see what area was like and if we wanted to return at night for a meal, which we did. Had great time wandering... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went for lunch by the canals, and it was quite a disappointing view, probably because we had been to Lake Como a few days before lol! Some restaurants were open and lunch was great, place seems to liven up in the evening. So we recommend dinner instead.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After visiting few museum, we had a great pleasure walking by the canal. It is a relaxing area which get quite crowded around end of afternoon when it is time for apperitivo. We selected instead the quiet backyard terrasse of Officcina 12 were we had just perfect dinner.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This area is totally different from the mainstream town centre of Milan this is more of a trendy area next to the canals with lovely selection of great restaurants and shops .

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great district for a walk by the canal, to have a drink or a nice Pizza. But not really something outstanding. A lot of restaurants and bars with low quality food. We met nice People with our dinner and had great conversations.

Thank Christian D

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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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