In addition to the top 10 top sights in Milan, I would like to offer you another six places in Milan, which the tour guide will not show you. I hope you like them!

1.The Navigli (The Channels of Milan)

When we hear Milan, we usually do not think of it as a „water“ city, but in fact one of the most beautiful places in Milan (in my opinion) is precisely related to water. It turns out that not only Amsterdam and Venice can brag with their canals. We are not talking about such a top level of popularity, but I still recommend that you visit them. They are part of the ambitious project focused on linking the Navigli (canals system) with the Lake Como, the Ada River, the Lake Maggiore, and the Po River so that it can pass through Northern Europe and then to the sea.

The Fascinating Story of the Navigli

The Story of the Navigli dates back to the second half of the 12th century with the construction of the first floating channel named the Tichinello. With a length of 50 km, it was launched in 1179, setting off the construction of the Naviglio Grande. In 1457, Francesco Sforza entrusted Bertola of Novate (an Italian engineer) with the construction of Navilio Martaghena.

And who else if not the genius Leonardo Da Vinci could have finished such a complicated hydraulic project? With a genius network of connector locks, he managed to connect Milan to the Lake Como. He missed only the link with the sea through Po, but Napoleon took care of it in 1805 when he completed the construction of the Naviglio Pavese.

Over the years, the channels have been going through contradictory periods, they had ups and downs, then they have been overpolluted, with many of them closed and buried. Nevertheless, the locals have always loved them because they are a wonderful place to walk or spend some lovely time in sweet talks or take an espresso on one of the numerous cafés that pop up night and day.

Today, the canals enjoy a period of revival, there are several reconstruction projects going on: the first completed project is the new alley past the Navilio Grande, thanks to Expo 2015: bicycle lanes, boats, relaxation areas accompany the traditional taverns, boutiques, and paintings of artists.

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2. The Izola Quarter and a street art tour

Another interesting stop is the neighborhood of the street art „Izola“. The word means “an island”, and that is the explanation of where the Milan neighborhood is located: a city island. Gripped on both sides by the Garibaldi Station and the rails, Isola is an island in the physical means of the word. It is disconnected from the busy traffic around Garibaldi station, Corso Como and Porta Nuova’s shiny skyscrapers.

You can get there by subway 5, the Isola stop.

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With these creations, the Italian Alberto Garutti makes people listen to the voices of Milan: this is what the magic of street art is actually about.

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This is not the only one neighborhood in Milan where you can enjoy graffiti art. I guess you will not have time to take a look at everything, but if you love street art and you are curious about it, you can also visit Porta Ticinese.

Here are some very impressive pieces of art. The first photo depicts Giuseppe Verdi (I guess you’ve all heard about the famous Italian composer), and on the second one, you can see a non-ordinary interpretation of Leonardo da Vinci, a blooming artist who invented the spray.

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Let’s go back to Isola, if you’re there, go south and see the Unicredit bank building. Trust me, my goal is not to advertise the bank, but if you are interested in surreal architecture, you might want to take a look. 🙂

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3.  Bosco Verticale

This is a complex of 2 residential buildings that impresses with the greenery on their terraces. The complex is known as Bosco Verticale, which means “the vertical forest”. See why:

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If you have gone to the Isola neighborhood, you can go back by the route passing through there as it is pretty close. It’s definitely interesting.

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4. Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense

For people who, like me, are crazy about libraries, I recommend the Braindese National Library. It is within walking distance from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts.

It’s an ideal stop for the rainy days (but also for the sunny ones). 😉

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5. Get the Irony of the Piazza Affari

Go to Piazza Affari, where the Milan Stock Exchange headquarters are located, to simply enjoy the irony of the irreverent sculpture of the scandalous Catalan (an Italian artist), located just in front of the entrance to the building, where hundreds of bankers enter every single day.площад афари

6. The graveyard of Milan (Cimitero Monumentale)

Take a tour of the City Cemetery, also known as the „Open Air Museum“. Even if you are not a dark genre fan, you can see some real works of art during a walk through the graves of famous Italian personalities.

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I hope these 6 different locations in Milan have attracted you!

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