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A lovely walk along a
canal

Naviglio della Martesana

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Why locals love it

Milan used to be lined with waterways. Naviglio Martesana is one of the three remaining canals that once connected the city with the country. Nowadays it's a favourite place amongst locals for running, cycling or taking a Sunday stroll. It’s one of the few spots in Milan where you can get a breath of fresh air.

Why you should visit it

Grab a picnic, rent a bike and spend a day cycling the banks of this 40-kilometre long canal, spotting urban wildlife and marvelling at amazing villas along the way. Visit in spring when the gardens and trees are in bloom, or in winter to experience the eerie atmosphere of frosty mornings and misty evenings.

Special tip

Look out for a colony of coypus (giant rodents) living on the banks of the canal. They escaped from a fur factory in the 60s!

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