Built from the 12th-16th centuries, the navigli, or navigable man-made canals, once connected the most important parts of Milan, serving as a defense, irrigation, and transportation system. Most of the canals were covered over in the 1930s, but those that remain provide a stunning backdrop for one of Milan’s liveliest areas.
The festive spirit, music, and beautiful canal reflections in the golden hours of sunset make this an irresistible location for a special occasion. Enjoy an evening out among the Milanese, in a small, friendly group of 15 people or fewer, sampling the district’s fine food and wine for 2.5 hours.
Meet your expert local guide and start the night off right, with a glass of wine near the Naviglio Grande, the oldest canal and the heart of the action. Then you’ll head off on a pleasant walk through the area, as your guide tells you about the area’s past and present. You’ll hear about what Leonardo da Vinci and Napoleon had to do with the area as well as where to get the best Risotto alla Milanese made according to the original recipe.
Along the way you’ll stop at a classy enoteca (wine bar) for more delicious wine, meats, cheeses, and typical local breads. The bar staff and your guide will explain how these wines and products are made and what makes them so unique.
Continue on past art studios, chic designer shops, bookstores, and specialty bars as the light begins to wane and the establishments fill to bursting with locals. As the evening air fills with music, laughter, and conversation, you’ll head to the tour’s final destination for a traditional aperitivo of a light drink and some nuts and olives.
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