Milan’s Navigli neighborhood is famed for the Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese canals. With its great bars and boutiques. The Navigli is one of the most historic neighbourhoods and dates back to 1179, when the waterways were constructed to connect Milan to the nearby lakes. Naviglio Grande is about 50 km long and served as export and import route. Appartently Leonardo Da Vinci was called to Milan in 1482 by Ludovico il Moro, Duke of Milan, to improve the city, and part of his contribution was to plan and renovate the canals.
It's definitely a heaving spot. I wandered around on a very steamy evening and there were people everywhere enjoying all the bars and restaurants. A great vibe.
My restaurant pick is 28 Posti. I didn't actually eat there because I was too busy consuming many icy treats from Stick House (posted 11/06) but I loved the interior, the menu looks interesting, and the staff were friendly and lot of fun.
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