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Navigli District

We’re all familiar with the canals of Venice - but did you know Milan has canals, too? Most of the city’s canals have long since been paved over, but a district to the south of the city center still has two that are visible. A canal in Milan is called a “naviglio,” so this neighborhood is the Navigli District.

Many years ago, the Navigli District was known as a gritty neighborhood with cheap rent. The low cost of living attracted artists, who set up galleries and shops, and now the neighborhood is no longer affordable for many of the artists who once called it home. The overall vibe of an artsy district that’s still a little rough around the edges remains, however.

In addition to the galleries and art shops, the Navigli District is known now for its plethora of funky cafes, restaurants, and night clubs. It’s one of the best nightlife areas in the city, and on weekend nights it can get extremely busy. The two remaining canals that give the neighborhood its name are called Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese, and although you won’t get far on them there are some floating restaurants and bars that are popular in nice weather.

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Navigli Canal Evening Walking Tour in Milan with Wine and Food

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore Milan’s historical Navigli canal district on a 2.5-hour evening walking tour, and enjoy wine and several snacks, too! With a local guide, enjoy a glass ...  Read more

Location: Milan, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $69.97
$77.74 Save $7.77

Milan by Night Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

As the sun sets over Milan, watch the night life emerge to a backdrop of illuminated lights on a guided coach tour, perfect for introducing you to the city's ...  Read more

Location: Milan, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.88

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