Things to do in
Navigli District

Enter your dates to find available activities

Our most recommended things to do in Navigli District

Milan: 1-Hour Navigli Canal Cruise with Audio Guide

1. Milan: 1-Hour Navigli Canal Cruise with Audio Guide

Begin your tour by boarding the new electric boat. As the boat sets off along the canal, see the "case di Ringhiera", typical houses of the working-class districts of Milan. Cruise towards the popular 13th-century church of San Cristoforo while listening to informative commentary from your guide. See where the delicious Marscarpone cheese is said to have been invented as you float down an alley of cheesemakers. Come across the historic headquarters of the Canottieri Milano Olona, one of the longest-running rowing clubs in the city of Milan, with a history of over 100 years behind it. Pass by the famous Vicolo dei Lavandai, an architectural wonder that in the 18th-century was in charge of washing the linen of wealthy families. Cross the Scodellino bridge and reach the modern Darsena, an area of entertainment on the water, full of busy bars, restaurants, and clubs. It is still today one of the main centers of Milanese nightlife. Float towards the Trophy bridge and finally come to the Conchetta designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Experience the 14 navigation basins of the Conchetta that connect Milan and Pavia. It is still operational five centuries after its construction.

Milan: 1-, 2-, or 3-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

2. Milan: 1-, 2-, or 3-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Take advantage of this pass for Milan’s open-top hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus and enjoy panoramic views of the city. This ticket gives you access to 4 separate but connecting bus loops and allows you to jump off at the attractions you want to explore further. Choose from commentary available in 10 languages via audio guide and hear facts about notable buildings like the Opera House and the Castello Sforzesco. You'll also learn about local food, including the recipe for Cotoletta alla Milanese and the history of the panettone. Buses run every 60 minutes, and should you need further information on board, assistants will be happy to help you with tips about monuments, shops, restaurants, and walking tours. Take the full Line A loop in 75 minutes, or hop off to explore any of the following attractions: Line A:  Stop 1 - Castello Stop 2 - Cadorna Stop 3 - Cenacolo Stop 4 - Corso Magenta Stop 5 - Duomo Stop 6 - Manzoni - Scala Stop 7 - Manin Stop 8 - Moscova Line B: Stop 1 - Duomo Stop 2 – La Scala Stop 3 - Manin Stop 4 - Repubblica Stop 5 - Palazzo Lombardia Stop 6 - Stazione Centrale Stop 7 - Buenos Aires Stop 8 - Porta Venezia Stop 9 - San Babila Line C: Stop 1 - Castello Stop 2 - Acquario Stop 3 - Garibaldi Stop 4 - City Life Stop 5 - Casa Milan Stop 6 - Mico - Congress Centre Stop 7 - Lotto -Montebianco Stop 8 - Lido Stop 9 - Ippodromo Stop 10 - Stadio San Siro Stop 11 - Lotto - Monterosa Stop 12 - Buonarroti Stop 13 - Pagano Stop 14 - Conciliazione Stop 15 - Parco Sempione Line D (from April to October): Stop 1 - Castello Stop 2 - Cadorna Stop 3 – Cenacolo Stop 4 - Navigli Stop 5 – Via Olona Stop 6 – Corso Magenta Stop 7 – Duomo Stop 8 – La Scala Stop 9 - Brera

Milan: Grand City Highlights E-Bike Tour

3. Milan: Grand City Highlights E-Bike Tour

Start your tour in the vibrant Navigli district, a popular aperitif area with beautiful canals. Then, head to the Milan Stock Exchange, the Duomo, the Sforzesco Castle, amongst others. Listen to your knowledgeable guide as they explain the city's history as well as interesting anecdotes about the present. Cycle through the luxuriant Sempione Park and the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery as you explore the city center. Discover the old town that shows both the glorious past of the city and its breathtaking modernity which characterizes the development of Milan during the 21st century. Explore the new city districts including Gae Aulenti, marvel at the Vertical Wood building and cross the most elegant squares.

Milan: Aperitivo Tour with Street Food

4. Milan: Aperitivo Tour with Street Food

Together with a guide, discover the different ways of relishing the aperitivo Milanese, all accompanied by high-quality snacks. During the tour, you will taste different versions of the aperitivo: Cocktails: try excellent cocktails whose main components are the spirits that made Milan's and Italy's history, directly from the hands of trained mixologists. These cocktails will take you on a journey as you discover how the Milanese culture in beverages has influenced nearly every region of Italy. Wine: Italy is the homeland of wine, and all-around Milan several famous vineyards have their premises and production sites. This tour presents a selection of the best labels among Italian wine cellars. Italian cheeses: in the framework of a unique location, you will taste the best Italian cheeses and get to know their organoleptic features, as well as their preparation techniques, which make them so exquisite. Cutting board with cold cuts and other high-quality snacks: each stop includes a wide selection of cured meats, gourmet snacks, and tastings of local preparations. Gourmet stuffed potatoes - nothing seems simpler than baked potatoes. Yet, from the ingredients’ simplicity, wisely matched with a mix of tradition and creativity, the most extraordinary preparations were created. Such are the potatoes you will taste, topped or stuffed with refined ingredients. At the end of the tour, you can also enjoy an espresso coffee and a piece of patisserie.

Milan: Private Fashion Tour

5. Milan: Private Fashion Tour

Led by a fashion expert, your private fashion tour begins in Milan’s Navigli District. Admire the artisan boutiques and hear the stories behind the showrooms as you walk through the city streets. Stop at the Antonio Marras concept store – a space that contrasts modern clothing with the elements of the old factory building. Continue to one of Milan’s hidden gems, known for its quality fabrics. Walk along the chic streets and stop to visit a Japanese jewelry shop and atelier, where the designer makes her jewelry. Enjoy a coffee break at a rustic-chic café before heading to the Cavalli e Nastri boutique, known for its stylish garments. Your last stop is the Armani boutique, an impressive building filled with luxurious items.

Milan: Private Tour with Drinks & Bites in Centro Storico

6. Milan: Private Tour with Drinks & Bites in Centro Storico

See Milan come to life as the locals come out to unwind in one of the top areas in town, the Centro Storico neighborhood. Visit 3 of the best spots for a drink and a typical local bite. Visit beautiful sights with your local guide and nightlife expert. Enjoy local drinks such as wine, beer, cocktails, or non-alcoholic beverages paired with delicious bites typical of the region as you hop from hotspot to hotspot. Vegetarian alternatives cover every taste. Immerse yourself in Milans' vibrant nightlife with your tour guide and get to know the city.

Milan: Evening Food Tour

7. Milan: Evening Food Tour

Kick off your evening in Milan with this 3-hour food tour in the heart of the Brera Neighborhood. This culinary tour is a great way to spend the night out in Milan tasting some of the best Italian food in the city. Just some of the local food you’ll enjoy includes cannoli, culatello (dry cured ham), Milan-style meatballs, parma ham, a delicious Milanese classic dish, Prosecco, wine, and more! Your Milan food tour will conclude with a treat that needs little introduction: gelato. Your tour guide will teach you how to spot the freshest gelato so you can take the insider knowledge of this Italian ice cream with you through the rest of your time in Italy. Join this tour for an unforgettable Milanese food walking tour where you won’t only discover the flavors of Milan, but explore lesser-known local spots in the city you might have missed on your own. The tour operator keeps the number of spots limited on this tour to ensure a small group size. And of course, come hungry!  

Milan: 1-Hour Navigli Guided Walking Experience

8. Milan: 1-Hour Navigli Guided Walking Experience

Admire the system of dams in the Navigli area, designed by Leonardo Da Vinci. During this 1-hour walking tour from San Lorenzo Church, take a stroll to the Darsena and Navigli district. Your guide will show and explain the history behind the strategic system of canals that connected Milan to the surrounding area, including Lake Como and Lake Maggiore. Last but not least, stop to discover the extraordinary areas where washerwomen used to wash clothes, and marvel at the typical Milanese houses.

Milan: Food and Wine Experience

9. Milan: Food and Wine Experience

Start your Milan food experience with a glass of sparkling Franciacorta wine in a hidden venue. Then, stroll through the Navigli district with your guide, learning all about the Italian cuisine.  Taste a sample of risotto in one of the most well-known restaurants in Milan. It will be combined with a tasty pasta dish and a glass of white wine. After, visit a cheese shop famous for unpasteurized cheese. You will then be lead through a 5-course meal with matching wine and a delicious dessert at the end.

Private Navigli Walking Tour

10. Private Navigli Walking Tour

Your 1.5-hour walking tour begins in Piazza Sant’Eustorgio, in front of the basilica that was founded in the early Christian era. Your walk will take you to the Darsena, site of an ancient inner harbor built during the Spanish era and active until the 1970s for the regional trade. During the tour you’ll learn about the history of the canal from the 12th century, and how Leonardo later improved the system of locks. Hear about the tradition of ancient trades and the people who lived along the waterways. Cross the Triumph Bridge and walk along the Naviglio Pavese, crossing picturesque alleys as you continue to the Naviglio Grande, Milan’s main canal. After reaching the canal you’ll walk with your guide until you come to Vicolo dei Lavandai, a corner that has been kept intact. After the tour you may want to stay to enjoy an aperitivo at one of the bars lining the banks of the canals, or enjoy a meal at a traditional Milanese trattoria.

Frequently asked questions about Navigli District

Which tours in Navigli District are taking additional COVID-19 precautions?

Other Sightseeing Options in Navigli District

Want to discover all there is to do in Navigli District? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Navigli District

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 1,957 reviews

The bike tour is an excellent experience if you want to visit the most well known places and monuments in Milan, in that short period of time. Our guide Elizabeth was very kind and very professional, the bikes were also very well preserved and comfortable. I highly recommend it!

You get everywhere in Milan by bus. Are 4 routes. Nice staff. We were there in the May holiday. Calm period.

Very informative and a really nice tour! Also gave me some restaurant recommendations afterwards! Recommend!

Como sempre, adoramos. São 4 linhas com 4 trajeots. Vale a pena fazer todos

Good tour with corners that you would otherwise not visit.