SIGHTSEEING & MUSEUMS
See Milan from a different angle by taking a boat cruise on the city's widespread network of canals. A highly strategic network used in the past to irrigate the fields and for trade. By
See Milan from a different angle by taking a boat cruise on the city's widespread network of canals
May is a great time to visit Milan and its surroundings from a completely new perspective: the Navigli. The Navigli are a network of canals that were built at the beginning of 1179 with the help of Leonardo da Vinci who devised a system of locks that are still visible today. They were also used to transport the enormous marble blocks required to build the Duomo. This is the idea proposed by Navigazione Navigli which offers tours, comprising four itineraries, to discover the history of the canals which still surround the city and its environs. If you're visiting Milan for the first time or are pressed for time, opt for the Darsena itinerary, an original daily tour that allows you to explore the vibrant Navigli district, an area packed with pubs, restaurants, artisanal workshops and historic buildings. The departure point for the tour – held daily from April to September – is the Alzaia Naviglio Grande 4 (M2 Porta Genova, Map E6). Just moments after docking, you can admire the Vicolo dei Lavandai, whose name derives from the wash house – still visible today – used by the Milanese to do their laundry until the 1950's. As the cruise continues you'll drift past the 17th century Palazzo Galloni, now home to the Centro dell'Incisione (Engraving Centre) and the monumental complex of San Cristoforo consisting of a church including two churches, a bridge and a wash house. At this point the boat turns around for the last stretch of the tour which includes the Darsena, Milan's old dockyards, formerly an important node for water-borne transport and trade boasting numerous mooring and berthing facilities for boats and barges. The tour offers on-board commentary in Italian and English. Chiara Zaccarelli The departure points for the other itineraries are located outside Milan and tours are only held on weekends and public holidays. • Delizie Itinerary. A tour of the villas of the Naviglio Grande (West of Milan) with boarding at Boffalora sul Ticino (Piazza IV Giugno). Every Sunday, 1h tour. • Martesana Itinerary. A tour of the Naviglio della Martesana (North East of Milan), with boarding at Vaprio d'Adda (Casa del Custode delle Acque). Every Sunday, 1h tour. • Panperduto Itinerary. This tour boards at Somma Lombardo (North West of Milan), at the ‘Ostello Panperduto', and includes a visit to the Panperduto Dam. Every Saturday and Sunday, 1h tour.
>> For further information and reservations: www.milancanalcruises.it T: 02 30089940.