Add dates
Things to do in

Navigli District

Our most recommended things to do in Navigli District

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

1. 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: Navigli District Canal Boat Tour with Aperitivo

2. Milan: Navigli District Canal Boat Tour with Aperitivo

Explore the Navigli district, famous for its canals and vibrant evening life, on a boat cruise. Cruise along the Naviglio Grande and enjoy a glass of wine or Aperol spritz, with some tasty snacks. After you set off on the canal, enjoy the sights of typical Milanese railing houses, which represent the Milan of the past, now home to numerous bars and restaurants. Gently cruising upstream you will pass one of the oldest churches in the city: the Church of San Cristoforo. See the historic headquarters of Canottieri Milano Olona and the famous alley of the launderers, an architectural jewel that takes its name from the residents who washed their laundry there, all in complete relaxation and in a convivial atmosphere. If you want, you can also listen to the audio guide to learn a bit more about the district and sights you will see. Or simply enjoy the navigation while chatting with your friends over a glass of wine or Aperol spritz, a favorite local beverage.

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. The 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: Historic 3.5-Hour Segway Tour - Morning

5. Milan: Historic 3.5-Hour Segway Tour - Morning

This group tour will start by visiting Castello Sforzesco, one of the main symbols of Milan and its history. Nowadays. it is the venue of important cultural institutions and a tourist destination, in addition to being one of the largest castles in Europe. Cross Parco Sempione in order to see Arco della Pace, an iconic neoclassical monument, and La Triennale, which houses exhibitions, conferences and events of art, design, architecture, fashion, cinema, communications and society. Then, you will explore the heart of the city by visiting Piazza della Scala, where you will see Palazzo Marino and the Teatro alla Scala, the opera house. After taking a look at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (The Lounge of Milan), you will arrive to Piazza Duomo and its beautiful cathedral. This group tour will then continue on the west side of the historical center in order to see Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie, a square famous for its church which is a notable example of Renaissance architecture attributed to Bramante. Continue on to the Navigli district renowned for its ingenious system of navigable canals and the Darsena, the old mercantile port of Milan. This area is also enriched by Piazza XXIV Maggio, dominated by the neoclassical Porta Ticinese. Here, you will be in Ticinese district, one of the most fascinating areas of the city, not only for its cultural value and historical buildings (such as the Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio and the Basilica of San Lorenzo), but also for fashion, underground pop culture and nightlife.

Milan: Navigli District Guided Canal Cruise

6. Milan: Navigli District Guided Canal Cruise

Discover the history and culture of Milan's famous Navigli district on this cruise with a local tour guide. Board the boat at Naviglio Grande and set sail through the canals of Milan. Sail from Naviglio Grande to the Naviglio Pavese, passing through the iconic 17th-century Darsena mooring. Pass by quirky artists' studios, unique shops, romantic pubs, and flea markets. Listen to your guide as they explain the history of the canals, which were originally designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Learn more about the daily life and customs of the Navigli district's residents before ending the cruise back in Naviglio Grande, the perfect place to continue your afternoon.

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: Food and Wine Experience

8. 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.

Milan: Private Fashion Tour

9. 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 Roberta e Basta art gallery, which presents a collection carefully selected from rare and exclusive works of art, design objects, and renowned vintage furniture. 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: 1-Hour Navigli Guided Walking Experience

10. 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.

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 2,516 reviews

Antonio was such a pleasant host, taking th time tonexplain the types of drinks we were about to have and answering all our questions. very personable. the locations were lovely , the food exceptional. i would recommend this to anyone

Great experience to see Milan. Elisabeth was fantastic! Her enthusiasm for sharing her knowledge of not only Milan, but all of Italy was awesome. No question was too hard.

Well organised very relaxed no guide but there was an app if you wanted to download But frankly sitting watching the world go by with a sundowner was enough for us

This was a great experience as we took 2 of the sightseeing options. These filled our day where we visited many of the Milan landmarks.

Our tour guide was wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable!! I would suggest her to anyone