Navigli are a network of artificial canals built throughout the centuries to connect Milan to the sea and lakes around the city. In the 15th century works were thriving when the Sforza family commissioned Leonardo da Vinci to build a system of gates to improve navigation along the Navigli. Some gates and bridges designed by the great engineer are still up and running! Guided tours I Percorsi di Leonardo (Leonardo’s routes) will show you around Leonardo’s places.
If you are not really into Medieval high tech and prefer sports, you can do some cycling along Navigli bike routes or start getting into shape for La Maratona dei Navigli, a 21km marathon immersed in nine centuries of history.
Gourmands will love Navigli Golosi, a festival with traditional dishes and locally sourced ingredients. If you like experimenting, put your taste buds to test with culinary workshops!
Of course, Milanese waterways cannot be design and fashion-free zones! Check out installations by renown Italian designers at Fuorisalone Navigli Discrict and explore new fashion trends at Moda in Darsena, organised in the recently renewed dockyard. Art lovers don’t want to miss Navigli Acqua Festival with its diverse and engaging programme.
If you have children, no worries! Take them with you and participate in NavigaMI Kids, a series of events for children and teenagers from 7 to 14. They’ll have the opportunity to try water-related sports, from diving and rowing to sailing and speedboat racing.