18. Navigli

Strategically connected to the close city center, the area provides a living mixed offer that includes historical residences and factories, which have been redeveloped as modern lofts, and new residential complexes mainly destined for students and professionals. Enjoy the Old Milan bohèmien atmosphere which can be breathed walking through the streets along the Navigli, where you will find trendy pubs for the nightlife, ethnic stores, items store and antique markets. Just go visiting the big industrial archeology spaces, which have been redeveloped as places for the culture and fashion industry, and fully enjoy the lively nightlife, livened up by many young and creative people whom you can meet along the new Darsena.

Key Details

What to expect

A very young, lively and trendy residential area, well connected to the city centre and livened up by big places, which have been redeveloped for the culture, design and fashion industry and which are situated next to little handicraft and items stores


The strong presence of creative young people and students make this area active and vibrating in any hour of the day, especially during the night thanks to trendy pubs where you can taste a cocktail or a casual dinner

What not to expect

A modern and calm residential area where it is possible to park close to home, with malls and big brands chain stores

Real estate market

The area is full of courtyard buildings, often transformed in modern lofts, and old factories, which have been redeveloped and restructured for new creative and/or living purposes

You are going to fall in love with

A dynamic and bohemian lifestyle that coexists with the Old Milan traditional soul


Creativity, culture, design, fashion, handicraft, antique trade, social mix, nightlife, alternative, lively and young area, a strong link to the water, regeneration, upgrading, banister houses, courtyards, museums, universities, schools, students, street food, tradition, well connected to the public transportation, closeness to the city centre, associationism, sharing, Old Milan

Commute times

Duomo: 15 min. by car, 13 min. by public transportation
Castello Sforzesco: 10 min. by car, 8 min. by public transportation
Cadorna Station: 13 min. by car, 6 min. by public transportation
Central Station: 20 min. by car, 18 min. by public transportation
Milano Malpensa: 45 min. by car, 1h by public transportation
Milano Linate: 20 min. by car, 50 min. by public transportation


Closest underground lines
Line 2 (Stops Porta Genova, Romolo)

Surface Transport
Well connected to both trams and buses

Railroad Service
Porta Genova railway station

Highways and freeways
20 min from the A1, 20 min from the A4, 10 min from A7, 20 min from A8, 25 min from the East freeway, 15 min from West freeway, 35 min from North freeway


East: Ripamonti street

West: Cassala avenue

North: Tortona street, D’Annunzio street, 24 Maggio Square, Col di Lana street, Beatrice D’Este avenue

South: Tibaldi avenue, Toscana avenue

Neighborhood areas
26. Porta Genova, Ticinese
19. Porta Romana, Cadore, Montenero
25. Solari, Washington
17. Napoli, Soderini
27. Quadronno, Palestro, Guastalla
5. Ripamonti, Vigentino
3. Famagosta, Barona

A walk through the district

An area originated at the end of the IXX century, with the production activities linked to the Darsena and the Porta Genova railway station, which included big industrial settlements, among council houses and little factories. After the Bastion walls demolition, the city expanded with more recent settlements, like the Bocconi University campus. Nowadys it is the liveliest area of the city, which houses creative activities in the redeveloped old factories and it is one of the nightlives centres during the night.

What to expect

Nowadays, in the Navigli area, you can still live the Old Milan enthrallment, with banister houses with extended courtyards and double view.

Here, antique shops, items shops and markets liven up the Navigli banks all year long. The new Darsena – redeveloped for the Expo – has become a young attraction thanks to the street food, concerts and events.

The Tortona area has become an important creative district, heart of the Fuorisalone exhibition. The expansion of the Bocconi campus, with its residences for students, has renewed the district, also thanks to the numerous trendy pubs.


The area is meant for those who love both a rich cultural offer and at the same time the evening entertainment.

Between the Darsena and the Navigli a varied gourmet offer is available, from the street food to the ethnic cuisine, to the colourful zero kilometre markets. And while the nightlife explodes along the Navigli, in the courtyards of the banister houses you can breathe a strong sense of belonging to micro communities, which let up the city frenzy.

What not to expect

In this area you will not find serenity, silence and relaxation; there aren’t big brands chain stores or franchising, there aren’t either big supermarkets with driveway.

Although it is trendy, the living style is far from the one offered by the big residential apartment buildings with an international inspiration.

Real Estate market

There’s a mainly residential real estate offer, with “banister” buildings in the Tortona-Navigli area.

Instead, in the Bocconi-Porta Ludovica area there are high-quality apartment buildings, originated during the post-war period after the Bastioni Spagnoli walls demolition. Here, residences for students originated, which are redeveloping the Ex Centrale del Latte area, where the new campus is situated.

You are going to love…

In this area opposing and fascinating atmospheres coexist: from the traditional courtyards of the Old Milan houses, to the industrial complexes which have been redeveloped as new lofts, passing through the upper-middle-class soul that can be breathed in the Porta Ludovica and Bocconi area.

Behind the corner

The whole area is situated close to many interesting places, like Corso di Porta Ticinese and the city centre, the Parco delle Basiliche and the Colonne di San Lorenzo, which are the destination of many young people who want to spend the night outdoor in a suggestive scenery.
Historical places, like the Museo Diocesano and the Basilica di San Eustorgio, are easy to reach by foot.
Close to the Tortona area there are many cultural settlements, like the MUDEC Museum and the Ansaldo building, where the BASE cultural center and the labs of Teatro La Scala are situated.
To the south there’s another very important university campus, IULM; instead, close to the Porta Ludovica area there are the Porta Romana Spa, another trendy place frequented by both tourists and no-tourists, who want to relax in the heart of Milan, surrounded by places with strong historical reminiscences.

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