Darsena
Bodies of WaterPiers & Boardwalks
10:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Monday
10:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Tuesday
10:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Wednesday
10:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Thursday
10:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Friday
10:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Saturday
10:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Sunday
10:45 AM - 5:45 PM
About
This small waterway, located next to the Porta Ticinese, is all that remains of the intricate system of canals and rivers that have crisscrossed the city of Milan since Roman times.
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The area

Neighborhood: Centro Storico
The pulsating core of Milan is in Centro. Duomo Square is enclosed by the gothic cathedral, the historic icon of Milan. However, shopping is what draws most crowds to this area. The classy and versatile Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with luxury boutiques and high quality restaurants will turn any shopping or lunch expedition into a royal experience. Head to the rooftop of the flagship La Rinascente to enjoy the view of the animated square with a panorama of the Duomo. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the street for high-end shopping. Brands of all kinds and street artists attract the attention of all visitors; while at Via Santa Radegonda 16, Luini Panzerotti is a much appreciated street food shop providing unimaginable culinary experiences. If shopping takes its toll on you, consider visiting Castello Sforzesco, a 15th century castle housing several museums. Those looking to relax can go to Parco Sempione, where nature provides respite from the energy of this dynamic and international city.
How to get there
  • Porta Genova • 7 min walk
  • Sant'Agostino • 9 min walk
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy31,967 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Solo
This popular hotspot where many locals offers lunches, dinners, appetizers, brunches and street foods.
The Darsena is now a great place to visit, not only at night, after the restored made for Expo 2015 ( before it was aim a sorry state ) .
The ancient dock of Milano as become a nice meeting point for those visiting the Milanese canals.
Here the waters of the Ticino river arrive trough the Naviglio Grande and go towards Pavia through the Naviglio Pavese.
In 1603 when it was built, it was real port ( in third place for tons transit in 1953 ) then , with the closure of the circle of canals it became a tourist attraction.
Written February 13, 2022
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ianbeale
Luton, UK1,292 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo
Went here for the first time April 14th. A very chilled out vibe with street musicians, cafes and bars. I got some cold drinks from an Asian superMarket adjacent to GUD Milano restaurant… sat in the afternoon sun enjoy the atmosphere. Italian stylish place
Written April 14, 2022
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romanshorner
Munich, Germany1,208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
We have been there ion Saturday evening. The area was full of life and crowded. It is a promenade on both sides of the water and there were a lot of restaurants and bars. There was played loud music in some of the bars. It seamed to be the evenig life area of Milan.
Written October 31, 2022
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KasiaL
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
Went there on local recommendation and was not disappointed! Very lively scene full of bars, restaurants, caffes and people. Canal lined up with small bridges and easy to walk along.
Lots of bars serve the buffet food when you buy a drink too. Great idea! Highly recommend for day or evening out.
Written September 30, 2017
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giuliets123
Milan, Italy11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Friends
It's unbelievable to think that this used to be a non-place. Just a few years ago, there was nothing here. In 2015, the new Darsena dramatically changed the looks of this part of town. Now it's a must-visit, especially at night when hanging out near Navigli! If it's summer, make sure you always have mosquito spray, or you won't survive. Go take a look at the market on the side closest to Piazza XXIV Maggio, here you'll find all sorts of local delicacies very close to foreign flavors. Pick one of the cafés near the water for an unconventional aperitivo (but don't expect lots of foods here). During the past 2 summers Sky organized an open-air cinema thanks to the cube screen, which would also screen football games. If this isn't enough to convince you how good this place is, then it's probably not for you! ;)
Written February 14, 2017
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AMohsen
Port Said, Egypt542 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It is recommended to spend some time at this location at the intersection of Darsena with Navigli. It is a very beautiful area by the rivers and the colorful buildings, and many nice outlets and restaurants/cafes.
Written December 19, 2020
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ndujatuttalavita
Italy1,212 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Solo
la Darsena is one of the most popular places where young people and who lives in Milano like to go during the nice season to have a walk, to enjoy an happy hour or also to approach the very well known block so called i Navigli. always very full during weekend time, I like to stay there once and a while
Written February 13, 2018
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Margeritta
London406 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
It is 30 minutes walk from Duomo . It is worth a walk if the weather is nice. It has been developed not known so much by tourists. Lot of places to eat. Highly recommended if you do not want to go shopping. Very safe area. You can also take the tram from Duomo 10 minutes.
Written January 3, 2018
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Pittsburgh, PA122,977 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
Darsena is well worth a walk to see this revitalized area. Darsena is connected to the Naviglio Grande canal and was the center of the area. The area is more modern with many bars and cafes
Written November 19, 2017
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Kiran Ghadge
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Nice place to chill at any time. Busy yet calm. Ducks are somewhat approachable. Saw some people angling.
Written September 2, 2019
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