Naviglio Grande

A Man-Made River in Milan

Milan Must-Do's Published on 30 January 2019

Did you know Milan –  one of the biggest cities in Europe –  basically has no river? Worry not: since the Roman times, the people who lived in the city made plans to get access to the plenitude of water of the region by digging channels and water basins. The biggest artificial river of the city is the Naviglio Grande, in the south of Milano.

Highlights at Naviglio Grande

A boat trip on the Naviglio Grande is a great escape from the city buzz. It’s just a couple of stops away from Cadorna on the M2! You can have a whole new perspective on religious buildings such as the Sant’Eustorgio Basilica or you can indulge in great food and drinks. Its banks are surely one of the most attractive spots in Milan for an aperitivo or a romantic dinner.

Time to Explore: less than 1 hour.

Top Tips: The best time to mingle with the locals is after 17:00.

What’s Close? Sant’Eustorgio Basilica, Armani Silos, MUDEC, Bocconi University.

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