I must admit that “navigli”, is probably the most touristic area in town. Probably because, especially in summer, the atmosphere here is very relaxed and the water adds to the “holiday feeling”. However if you follow my simple tips you’ll have the chance to experience one of the most romantic parts of the city (especially in fall/winter).
Navigli in Milan is the name for canal. Originally it was built to connect Milan with the lakes and with Switzerland. The are two main Navigli: Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese: they are both nice but it depends on what you are looking for.
Naviglio Grande is more on the bohemian side. There are many restaurants, cafes and second hand shops. Here, each last Sunday of the month, a big Antiques Market is held (Mercatone Naviglio Grande). You’ll find furniture, items for the home, old books, jewelry etc. In my opinion is perfect for a pleasant walk on a Sunday morning in spring/autumn or to have a drink in the afternoon.
In Naviglio Pavese (just beside the other Naviglio) the atmosphere is younger.
I recommend you come here at night in autumn or in winter, for a romantic walk. Unless you are looking for a party atmosphere, then come here on a Saturday night for a drink or two.
Navigli | Art & culture, Bars, Relaxing
Alzaia Naviglio Pavese, 2
24 hours daily