Explore this historic neighbourhood in Milan, Italy, and you'll uncover a treasure trove of exciting shopping, food and nightlife—both ancient and decidedly modern.
You would hardly know it today, but Milan was once a city filled with canals. It started in 1158 when a moat of sorts was dug around the border, and over the next few centuries that moat spawned into an entire network of waterways connecting the landlocked city to the sea. Most of these canals are now covered by concrete, but the Naviglio Grande remains, a testament to the old Milan that is breathing new life into a beautiful, ancient district with understated, modern style. From streetside cafés to bookshops to restaurants to busy nightclubs, the Navigli District that surrounds the historic waterway is full of unexpected delights.