Cruise along Naviglio Grande, the oldest navigable canal in the world. During his stay in Milan, Leonardo da Vinci, turned his attention to the system of canals. The one he spent most time on is Naviglio Grande.
The route begins from the Darsena, the harbour in Milano, and gradually leaves Milan, passing through the countryside. Small churches, windmills, farmsteads and historical villas appear along the banks of the canal, providing unexpected views.
The Navigli district is one of the most vibrant in the city boasting restaurants, wine-bars, and live music but also painters’ studios and a slew of interesting shops. Your exploration will start from Porta Ticinese, a highly original “quarter” alternating “banister houses” and artisan workshops with trendy addresses. Beyond piazza Ventiquattro Maggio, the Naviglio Grande begins its outward journey to the countryside. The approximately 10 kilometers that separate the Darsena from the town of Gaggiano offer small towns, wrought iron bridges, fishing boats, churches of different periods and stately houses, with their orange, yellow, and red facades reflected in the water.