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Milan: Navigli Canals Guided Boat Tour

1. 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

2. 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: Courtyards and Terraces Walking Tour of Navigli

3. Milan: Courtyards and Terraces Walking Tour of Navigli

Follow your guide through the picturesque streets of the Navigli district in Milan on this group tour. See green courtyards and flowered balconies. Stroll on the banks of the Alzaia Naviglio Grande.  Meet your guide and begin your tour of the courtyards in Navigli. Wander through the the Milanese railing houses to discover blooming balconies and lush vegetation. Learn more about Milan and its canals from your local guide. Find old streets where time seems to have stopped. Cross the threshold of a typical council house in Corso San Gottardo. Explore the ancient Milanese port of Darsena. Hear some of the the verses of Alda Merini, the poetess of the Navigli. See a magical courtyard at Associazione Naviglio Grande. Experience hidden gems between Via Vigevano and Alzaia Naviglio Grande. Finally, stop at the courtyard of the Engraving Center, where artists still learn this ancient craft.

Milan: Guided Walking Tour of Navigli District and Canals

4. Milan: Guided Walking Tour of Navigli District and Canals

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.

Milan: Guided City Tour by Historic Milanese Tram

5. Milan: Guided City Tour by Historic Milanese Tram

Join us for an unforgettable tour aboard a historic Milanese tram and travel through the city centre in the most unexpected yet wonderful way! Explore the city’s most renowned landmarks while elegantly sitting in one of Milan’s best-loved and most famous symbols: the tram! Get on board an original Milanese tram from the 1920s and get ready for a breath-taking tour through the city’s streets. Admire the city from your seat and marvel at beautiful buildings and magnificent palaces, while also spying on the Milanese celebrated lifestyle. Travel through elegant squares and characteristic streets while listening to an experienced licensed guide sharing their knowledge and passion about Milan. Enjoy the tram ride taking you through the Sforza Castle and Parco Sempione, the Monumental Cemetery of Milan, the business district and the sophisticated Foro Bonaparte, originally designed upon Napoleon’s request when he was King of Italy. Learn about the city’s history while admiring the monumental Duomo, explore the always-busy Via Torino and discover the Navigli district, where you’ll have the chance to admire some of the canals that once run through the city. Let yourself be guided through Milan’s multi-faceted history while surrounded by the city’s ever-evolving urban landscapes. Take the chance to experience Milan as only a proper Milanese would do!

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