Vicolo dei Lavandai
Vicolo dei Lavandai
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Neighborhood: 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.
How to get there
  • Porta Genova • 6 min walk

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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy26,313 contributions
Feb 2022 • Solo
Used until the end of 1950 for washing clothes.
The moat is fed by the Naviglio Grande.
In the 19th century the men took care of the washing service, so is an unusual place dedicated to launderers and not to the laundresses
Written February 14, 2022
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Silviu C
Bucharest, Romania150 contributions
May 2012 • Business
The place is worth more than one visit. I did not regret having a dinner there. You should also try the Gran Moscato they serve there ...
Written May 28, 2012
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annieinmilan
Milan, Italy37 contributions
May 2019
I usually bring my friends to see this part of the Naviglio where women go to wash their clothes in the past...you can still see the stones where each woaen position themselves
Written August 19, 2019
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paolovbossi
The Hague, The Netherlands860 contributions
Oct 2021
It's a jump back in the past. Only in this corner the original buildings of the Navigli is preserved. It is the place where the clothes were washed at the beginning of last century. Nowadays it is just a sort of remembering spot on the Navigli Area.
Written November 12, 2021
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Nicholas L
Singapore, Singapore585 contributions
Sep 2015 • Family
Okay, women used to wash their clothes here. (clap clap) There is a past. (clap clap) But besides snapping a photo at the washing stone, there is little that you can do. It is just a shelter. You should not spend more than 5 minutes there.
Written December 26, 2015
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PrestonGuild
United Kingdom55,292 contributions
Oct 2018
In the Navigli area. There are a few curious places, an house that you enter where you can find art works and bric a brac.

Nearby is an historic place where washerwomen used to the laundry on the stone slabs by the stream.
Written September 27, 2019
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XMeridio70
Milan, Italy29 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
Words are not worth anyone's inner emotion. For any Milan-born person this is simply the place where you feel to walk thruough the alleys of Milan in the XIX century. Just need to read Alessandro Manzoni's "The Betrothed" before to go...
Written July 20, 2018
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Luca D
Cantu, Italy136 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
This is a characteristic corner on a small opening along Naviglio Grande. It used to be the washhouse.... The spot is nice for pictures, only if not too crowded.... Definitely worthy a quick stop. Some ateliers are in the alleys close by.
Written April 9, 2018
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Pittsburgh, PA91,580 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
Vicolo dei Lavandai was the place where people washed their clothes. It was raining and we just took a quick look. It is a great place to spend 10 minutes to take a few pictures.
Written November 19, 2017
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Tuxilla
Province of Genoa, Italy83 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
The Vicolo dei Lavandai is one of the most picturesque spots along the colorful Naviglio Grande canal. It's name means "Washermen's Alley", and that's exactly what it was. The slanted slab stones over which the washermen and women used to scrub and rinse the laundry are still there, under a tile roofing that used to protect them from the rain. A reminder of how much cleaner the water must have been, or perhaps of lower hygiene standards? In any case stop and have a look, it's worth it. There are some artist ateliers in the alley, but those are better left alone, as the paintings are generally awful.
Written November 15, 2017
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