In the center of Navigli district, called the "Canal Quarter," two water trenches, left from what used to be the Navilglio of Milan, pass through the canal system, which was established in the city for agricultural purposes and became the main commercial route of the city. During the 14th century, it was expanded and adjusted to transport goods. It was used for transportation for about 500 years, until the 19th century.
These canals create within the city a miniature version of Venice. They turn the quarter into one of Milan's biggest touristy districts and is a real attraction, especially for those who want to sail calmly in boats and enjoy a peaceful view of the city's charms.
Over the course of the day, the Navigli district is distinguished by its atmosphere of freedom. Most of the visitors come to visit the two famous churches in it, the Church of San Lorenzo Maggiore, which has existed here since the Roman period, and the Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio, which has a magnificent chapel.
In the evening, the Navigli Quarter comes alive and explodes with fashionable young men and women. So, it becomes an entertainment center, which attracts the locals and many tourists. All of them come here and go to nightclubs, bars and pubs that are very lively and spend most of the night here.
The neighborhood is named after Naviglio Grande, the river of Milan.
You can cruise for about an hour in the canals if you board the boats in Darsena, the ancient port of Milan.