Milan By the Darsena
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Milan By the Darsena

Between the Navigli District and the city centre, Milan’s new waterway is a perfect place for a walk, breakfast, an aperitif or picnic by the water.

Milan has a few picturesque neighbourhoods, and one of these is the Navigli District. In the past, rivers and canals flowed through the city, but today only two canals are left: the Naviglio Pavese and Naviglio Grande, which come together at the Darsena dock area. With its bridges, lights and the ‘old Milan’ style houses, the scenery resembles a romantic postcard. It’s also the nightlife hub, along the canals, in a large, crowded pedestrian area filled with clubs and restaurants. It’s been that way for decades, but the true innovation is the Darsena, the dockyard brought back to life for Expo 2015. Now, this artificial waterway is the Milanese version of what you see in Paris along the Seine – minus the pools and boats, but with bars and a nice promenade.

The Darsena is beautiful on sunny days and for the Milanese people, it is still an innovation; there are happy couples sat with their feet dangling over the water and places where you can eat fish & chips while sipping a Spritz. Here’s where to stop.