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Navigli District

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Address: South of Corso Porta Ticinese, Milan, Italy
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+39 02 3981 4082
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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Nice to see this side of Milan. Like being in a mini Venice. Very popular at night. Enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants along canal.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Norwalk, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Crowded place, not the view of the canal you're hoping for. Just a bunch of drunk people staggering their ways to their cars. The only way you enjoy such place at sunset with the good company it becomes then really romantic and a nice place you hope to visit again. Lots of bars and restaurants with affordable prices.

Thank Rana M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed in this area for our weekend trip. Loads of restaurant options and bars. If you want dinner without spending loads most restaurants and bars do a happy hour from 6-9 (some earlier) where you buy a drink and get a buffet or it's the buffet for €10 and under. Lovely buildings and shops aswell. The tram ride is... More 

Thank jadeybe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I love this increasingly trendy part of Milan. Somehow, folks do not think of Milan as more than a "business" venue. Believe me, it is much, much more. The thing about MIlan is that it is shy. It's gems are a tiny bit hidden. The Navigli District is one such gem. Ride the tramway. Stroll along the banks. Have a... More 

Thank berrryl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The long line of bars and people watching. It's hard to park. Seemed safe. Lots of choice. Best to go in the evening.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved navigli! It's a really nice place to have dinner. So many options it's hard to choose. We came back at morning time on Saturday to have breakfast and there was a market. A must.

Thank Shira G
Lexington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We happened upon the Navigli District which was hosting a chocolate festival. So fun walking the canals checking out the shops, cafes and restaurants.

Thank Cheri L
Norwalk, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice to see this side of Milan. Like being in a mini Venice. Very popular at night. Enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants along canal.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely up and coming part of Milan just to wander and people watch at a relaxing pace. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon stroll. Some great bars and restaurants along the way too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walk here from the centre which took about 30 minutes but it had a great chilled atmosphere. People where sitting down on the sides of the canal and on the left there were many restaurants to choose from - we stopped at 'Trattoria Milanese' which was a great restaurant very friendly service and ha dramatic food including the amaretto dessert!!... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This district makes you fell in Venice. Small channels of rivers are creating a really picturesque scenery and the bars, cafes and restaurants put life in this beautiful area. You should definitely see it


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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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