"No other city in the world is known or believed to have such wealth and abundance of water sources" Bonvesin de la Riva ("the wonders of Milan", 1288).
The city of Milan is located between two important rivers: Adda and Ticino. In the past all the economy of Milan was based on the water. Waterways were used for irrigation and transportation of goods and people.
All the marble used for the construction of the Duomo arrived on the water! Leonardo Da Vinci worked in Milan also as an engeneer and made many drawings and sketches dedicated to the lombard rivers and milanese waterways.
The Navigli disctrict is characterized by an urban port, the Darsena, and the artificial canals: the Naviglio Grande Canal and the Naviglio Pavese.
The Naviglio Grande was the first navigable canal built in the XII century.
The Navigli district is also one of the busiest nightlife areas of Milan. Here you can have a pleasant stroll amongs the shops of artisans, bridges, restaurants.
The Navigli district is also important fot its ancient churches and roman remains: the Basilica of San Lorenzo , the Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio, roman columns, mosaics, the roman amphitheatre, the paleochristian cemetery.
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