Which is a must-have experience you can’t miss during your stay in Milan? This city is an incredible place for young professionals and students - we could say the best destination in Italy for those who pursue an international career. It has so many things to offer, to see and activities to do; but what you absolutely have to try at least once when you’re living here, is the famous “aperitivo” with your friends and roomies.
What is an aperitivo? The art of aperitivo is an actual Italian tradition that took place first in Milan. It is a drink/light meal - a kind of Italian version of the Spanish tapas - at the end of the workday: we can call it a warm up to dinner, since the meaning of this pre-meal is to whet the appetite. The concept of modern aperitif was created by Benedetto Carpano, the inventor of the vermouth in Turin, back in 1786. That’s why this kind of happy hours includes alcoholic beverages combined with aromas and flavors to stimulate the appetite, such as the famous Aperol Spritz (or wine for those who love classics).
If you want to enjoy this typical Milanese experience, Navigli is the best place where to go. So, here’s tips for your gatherings at aperitivo o’clock. Explore Navigli in Milan with us!
If you don’t know this area yet, we are going to introduce it to you quickly: Navigli is the heart of the nightlife in Milan. It’s a bustling and charming area, home to uncountable bars where to go for delicious cocktails and where the famous aperitivo tradition comes to life. This area is split by the two canals Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese, and both hosts several venues for your gatherings. Here you’ll be able to find both locals and young internationals cheering and having the best time.
You can explore Navigli in many ways; by walk, by bike, by living a unique food&wine experience or by exploring its hidden gems.
Brief introduction for those who didn’t know it: Milan used to be a city of water, just like Venice. Don’t you believe it? Today it might look a modern metropolis, stuck in traffic jams and home to many skyscrapers and modern huge buildings. But, believe it or not, the river was the main character in Milan city, and the canals (Navigli, in Italian), nowadays, are the witnesses of this history. Let’s introduce them: Bereguardo, Naviglio Grande, Paderno, Pavese, Martesana. These five canals have been constructed to connect the city to the neighboring lakes, Como and Maggiore and to the Po’ river, in order to allow the transportation of food, groceries, arms and to develop of any kind of trading commerce.
Nowadays, Naviglio Grande is the most popular among them all. Here you can find a bohemian atmosphere spread around this bustling neighbourhood, with its many bars, cafes, trendy shops, flea markets, that makes it quite different from the other areas of the fancy Milan.
Milan local people use to gather here and chill after a day of hard work, to enjoy the sunset over this amusing watery landscape. Check the following places, some of the favourite ones among the foodies of the city:
What is a stroll around Navigli without spotting some of the most beautiful sights hidden in this enchanting neighborhood in Milan? Here are some places you can’t miss:
Milan is home to many beautiful places that will make your stay unforgettable. Don’t wait more, pack your bag and explore them with your friends!
Beatrice, an italian passionate about coffee (and food) that fell in love with Madrid, its international vibes and its latin rhythms. She's a dreamer that loves telling stories and travels through her photos.