A very characteristic district
, once the town's port. Strange as it may seem today, till 1928 Milan was penetrated, even close to the center, by canals - or Navigli - and barges. The inner circle of waterways used to be where, on the clickable map
, you see the border between yellow and black.
Like in any other town, Milan's port was a lively place, with occasional seedier overtones. Ticinese is still a working-class district, although smart shops, restaurants and cafés now abound.
An exceptional church, San Lorenzo
, is located here, with original Roman columns
still standing in front of it.
A patch a greenery (much more modern, though: there were residential buildings here until destroyed by bombs in the Second World War) connects San Lorenzo to the equally splendid church of Sant'Eustorgio
If you keep walking, about a hundred meters towards the suburbs, you reach the Darsena (Basin) and the external Navigli
- these, picturesquely, still full of water. It is an animated area for nightlife
too, where people hang out after dark, come for a drink, to have an ice-cream or listen to live music.