Navigli District Tours

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Navigli District
The center of Milan was once crisscrossed with a series of interconnecting canals, called “navigli,” used to transport goods and people. Two still exist just south of the city center, and the surrounding Navigli District is one of Milan’s trendiest areas, full of galleries, cafés, restaurants, and clubs. It’s a hot spot worth a visit.

The Basics
The Navigli District is known for its vibrant nightlife. On summer evenings and weekends, the streets come to life with teeming bars and nightclubs, many with outdoor tables along the canals or located directly on the water on floating barges. This is the great place to discover Milan’s thriving food and wine scene, so consider joining a Milan aperitivo tour or beer tasting, or a walking tour of the neighborhood with a gourmet slant. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The picturesque Navigli area, with its canals and colorful period buildings, is one of the most photogenic neighborhoods in Milan. Be sure to bring your camera. 
  • One of the prettiest corners is Vicolo dei Lavandai, an offshoot of Naviglio Grande, where the Milanese would do their washing by hand. Today, the lane is lined with restaurants and shops. 
  • The area is paved and well-maintained, so it’s easy to manage with a wheelchair or stroller.

How to Get There
It's a pleasant walk from the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the Duomo di Milano along Via Torino past the Colonne di San Lorenzo to Corso di Porta Ticinese, which brings you to the Navigli. Or, take metro line 2 to the Porta Genova stop. Milan is one of the most important cities in Italy and the capital of Lombardy, so it’s well-connected by train to Venice, Florence, and Rome.

When to Get There
The Navigli District is most vibrant in summer from late afternoon through the evening, as the area's bars and restaurants start to fill up, so join an afternoon food tour or evening walking tour to see the canals of Milan at their best.

Navigli District History
The first navigli canals were built in the 12th century, and over the centuries the system created by channeling existing rivers and dredging new waterways has been used for everything from irrigation to defense. By the beginning of the 20th century, most of Milan's navigli had fallen into disuse and were paved over in the 1930s, leaving only Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese in the working-class neighborhood just outside the wealthy city center. Low rents began to attract artists, who set up galleries and studios, and today the Navigli District has funky, bohemian atmosphere, making it one of the most desirable areas in the city.
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Afternoon Food Tour with Beer Tasting in Milan

Take a Milan beer tasting tour and check out the microbrews that are springing up around the city. With a guide, you’ll enjoy samples of four different beers, two appetizers and a walking tour of the Navigli district, where bars and restaurants line the canals. It’s a great way to learn about Milan’s burgeoning brewery scene and explore a vibrant area at the same time.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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MILAN AFTER DARK: NIGHTLIFE EXPERIENCE

Discover Milan’s vibrant nightlife on a tour through the city center. See landmarks like the Duomo and Sforza Castle lit up at night before heading to the Navigli district to explore the nightlife. Walk along Navigli Grande and discover the buzzing bars along the canal offering delicious aperitivos and music to get the night started and get insider tips on the best places to eat and party from your guide.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Navigli Canal Evening Walking Tour in Milan with Wine and Food

Discover the canalside district of Navigli on a 2.5-hour evening walking tour from Milan. Accompanied by a guide, peruse an eclectic collection of boutiques, bars and restaurants, and then sit down for some traditional Italian cheese, meat, bread and wine in an atmospheric ‘enoteca’ (wine bar). Conclude the evening with unlimited apertivos in one of the area’s most popular bars and receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Amazing Private Milan Aperitivo Tour

Experience one of Milan’s favorite traditions, the aperitivo, during this 2-hour private tour. Stroll the streets of the fashion capital and search for the best happy hours in the city. Sip on classic cocktails and sample delicious dishes from the Milanese region while your guide describes the stories behind this beloved tradition.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Photography Tour of Milan

Discover the beauty of Milan through your camera lens during a private tour of the city. Follow your guide through the bustling city and capture the beauty of Italy’s fashion capital. Learn about basic camera techniques from your guide to capture amazing photos and memories throughout the day. Choose from a 3- or 6-hour tour with a private guide to a ensure personalized experience.
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Duration: Flexible
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Milan Segway Tour Including the Navigli Canal District

See the Navigli canal district of Milan by Segway, and put a fun twist on sightseeing in the city. After a practise session on the self-balancing electric scooter, you'll follow a guide through central Milan, seeing the Santa Maria delle Grazie church and refectory that's home to Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper. Wind through the canal district to stop for photos, then visit other Milan sights including the Roman columns of Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore and the Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio. Numbers are limited to just six people for a small-group tour.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Discovering the Navigli District

Explore Milan’s Navigli district on a 2-hour walking tour that introduces you to the city’s historical network of canals, from its history that dates back to the 1100s to Leonardo da Vinci’s role in the waterway system. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people to provide a more personalized experience.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Milan Personal Shopper Experience in the Navigli Canal District

Shop in the Navigli district of Milan with your own guide, and discover the markets, antique dealers, and shops that line the picturesque canals. The vibrant neighborhood is loved for its bohemian feel, and your personal shopper-guide will introduce you to the places and shops you might not have found on your own. Book for a group of up to four friends and family, and choose from a morning or afternoon experience to suit your plans.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Discover Navigli and its Secret Places

Milan’s trendy Navigli district is filled with hidden gems, beautiful buildings, and plenty of charm. Explore the area on a 2.5-hour walking tour and learn about the area’s rich history from your tour guide. See the canal dams invented by the famous Leonardo da Vinci, admire the frescoes of the Portinari Chapel, and get insider tips on the best places to eat and drink in the area.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Navigli Walking Tour

Explore the canals of Milan with this guided 1.5 hour walking tour of the Navigli district. Walk through this artistic neighborhood in central Milan alongside canals designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Book your tour for a Friday or Saturday afternoon in order to go right from the tour to the district's vibrant nightlife.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Aperitivo: A Milanese Tradition with a City Host

The tradition of aperitivo, a drink and small plates of food to snack on before dinner was born, bred and perfected in Milan! So for a truly authentic taste of la dolce vita, there’s no better experience than spending time with a Local Host, eating your way through a few plates of local delicacies and sipping a spritz or cold beer as dusk falls. Exploring Navigli, one of Milan’s best loved local neighbourhoods and having aperitivo is a must - you just need a local to show you where the very best spots are hidden!
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Navigli guided walking experience

Do not miss the chance to discover the Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio, one of Milan's oldest churches, with the fresco paintings inside the Portinari Chapel. End this guided experiences admiring the beauty of the Navigli district.Do you know Leonardo Da Vinci invented a system of dams and you can still admire it in the Navigli area? Are you ready to discover one of Milan's oldest churches with its magnificent chapel?During this 2-hour walking tour from San Lorenzo Church you will stop to admire the Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio and Portinari Chapel. Then, take a stroll until Darsena and Navigli district. Our monolingual speaking guide will show you the history behind the strategic system of Lake Como and Lake Maggiore and Europe. Last but not least, a stop to discover the extraordinary corner, where washerwomen used to wash clothes in the past and the typical Milanese houses.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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