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Naviglio Grande: Our most recommended tours and activities

Milan: Navigli District Canal Boat Tour with Aperitivo

1. Milan: Navigli District Canal Boat Tour with Aperitivo

Explore the Navigli district, famous for its canals and vibrant evening life, on a boat cruise. Cruise along the Naviglio Grande and enjoy a glass of wine or Aperol spritz, with some tasty snacks. After you set off on the canal, enjoy the sights of typical Milanese railing houses, which represent the Milan of the past, now home to numerous bars and restaurants. Gently cruising upstream you will pass one of the oldest churches in the city: the Church of San Cristoforo. See the historic headquarters of Canottieri Milano Olona and the famous alley of the launderers, an architectural jewel that takes its name from the residents who washed their laundry there, all in complete relaxation and in a convivial atmosphere. If you want, you can also listen to the audio guide to learn a bit more about the district and sights you will see. Or simply enjoy the navigation while chatting with your friends over a glass of wine or Aperol spritz, a favorite local beverage.

Milan: Navigli Canals Guided Boat Tour

2. Milan: Navigli Canals Guided Boat Tour

You will experience a unique cruise on the only waterways of Milan, the Navigli Canals, accompanied by a professional tour guide that will guide you to discover the district and the history of these famous canals. Meet our tour guide at the meeting point and jump on the new boat of the Navigli. Through a special perspective, you will be able to admire marvellous spots of the district, sailing from the Naviglio Grande to the Naviglio Pavese, passing through the iconic Darsena. Learn everything about the history of the Navigli canals, originally designed by the Renaissance Master Leonardo da Vinci, but not only. You will understand more about life and customs of the whole district, one of the most dynamic and entertaining of Milan nowadays.

Private Navigli Walking Tour

3. Private Navigli Walking Tour

Your 1.5-hour walking tour begins in Piazza Sant’Eustorgio, in front of the basilica that was founded in the early Christian era. Your walk will take you to the Darsena, site of an ancient inner harbor built during the Spanish era and active until the 1970s for the regional trade. During the tour you’ll learn about the history of the canal from the 12th century, and how Leonardo later improved the system of locks. Hear about the tradition of ancient trades and the people who lived along the waterways. Cross the Triumph Bridge and walk along the Naviglio Pavese, crossing picturesque alleys as you continue to the Naviglio Grande, Milan’s main canal. After reaching the canal you’ll walk with your guide until you come to Vicolo dei Lavandai, a corner that has been kept intact. After the tour you may want to stay to enjoy an aperitivo at one of the bars lining the banks of the canals, or enjoy a meal at a traditional Milanese trattoria.

Milan: Navigli Walking Tour with Art Historian Guide

4. Milan: Navigli Walking Tour with Art Historian Guide

Visit in 2 hours the wonderful Navigli of Milan in the company of a local guide and art historian. Discover their millenary history, and take a walk to discover "the Milan city of water" of the past with ancient glimpses suspended in time, the historic shops, the courtyards of great charm and the lively and varied nightlife. Let yourself be captivated by the curious stories and anecdotes that make this area of Milan still alive and unique, among railing houses and the famous Vicolo dei Lavandai in a suggestive path immersed in an atmosphere of great charm.

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What people are saying about Naviglio Grande

Overall rating

3.4 / 5

based on 11 reviews

We had a great time on the boat. The journey first went out of town and then back past the pier towards town again. In total, you can look at the surroundings from the water for about an hour. An Aperol Spritz and snacks (chips, nuts) were included. Entertaining, recommendable pleasure :-).

Aperitif on the canal with background music - too bad the circuit is so short