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Milan maybe known for fashion and architecture, but the city has more to it. A trip to the fashion capital of the world would not be complete with a trip to its ancient canals in the evening and getting a flavor of the local life.
With the Milan Wine and Food Evening Tour by the Ancient Canals, there is no better way to enjoy an evening of food and drinks in a traditional Milanese set up. The ancient canals of Milan are known for its restaurants and wine bars offering the best of Italian food.
Explore the area just like a local as you take a stroll, passing the numerous art studios, bookstores and designer boutiques along the canal. Learn about the history of the locality as your English speaking guide shares interesting anecdotes. If that’s not all, enjoy Italian snacks, wine and drinks in the wine bars called enotica and aperitivos.
Indulge in a conversation with your fellow group members and guide, while you enjoy your food and drinks. We assure you that nothing will make your Milan experience more wonderful than this.
01 Apr - 26 Oct: Wednesday & ThursdayDuration
2.5 hoursStart time
So there's no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 10-15 minutes early.
In front of via Casale 3, on the corner between Via Casale and Via Valenza, next to the P.ta Genova metro stop (M2 – green line).
Arriving by metro: Arriving by metro: Take the M2 (green) line to the Porta Genova FS stop. Take the exit for Via Casale (Note: there are two exits from the metro – one on Via Casale and one on Via Valenza. The meeting point is in via Casale 3, on the corner between Via Casale and Via Valenza).
Arriving by taxi: Ask the driver to take you to to the Porta Genova Metro stop on Via Casale 3. The meeting point is on the corner between Via Casale and Via Valenza.
Ripa di Porta Ticinese near the Darsena del Naviglio
The ancient canals called Navigli were built mostly between the 12th and 16th centuries and once connected Milan to Genoa and were used for defense, irrigation and transportation purposes. The existing canals stretched from Milan to Pavia and the southern part of the city is built around two canals. Today, the canals are the hub of Milan’s sprawling nightlife, with exquisite restaurants and cafes aligned on the canals’ borders. The canal has a mention in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest in which Prospero and Miranda escaped along the canal.
To start your Milan Wine and Food Evening Tour at the Ancient Canals, along with your English speaking guide enjoy a glass of wine near Naviglio Grande, the oldest canal. Then s/he will take you for a leisurely walk while sharing notes about the history and traditions of the area, what Leonardo da Vinci and Napoleon had to do with this area and where to get the best Risotto alla Milanese made according to the original recipe.
Along the way, drink and dine like the locals who after work, hangout at the wine bars with friends. You will stop at a classy wine bar locally called enotica for wine, meat, cheese and breads. Everything is handpicked from the finest products available. The bar staff and your guide will explain how these wines and typical local products are made and what makes them so unique.
As you enjoy the evening, walk past the beautiful art studios, chic designer boutiques, and bookstores adorning the streets. Curious about something? Feel free to ask the guide as s/he will ensure that the tour is interactive and relaxing.
At the end of the tour, visit a traditional aperitivo of Italy.
Please inform us in advance of the tour of any special dietary requirements.
Guests under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
This service ends on Ripa di Porta Ticinese near the Darsena del Naviglio around 8:00pm.
It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.
Our guides will have the sign of our local operator City Wonders, with the name of the tour at the meeting point for easy recognition.
Gratuities to guides and/or drivers providing excellent service are appreciated but never obligatory.
We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
Photography is permitted throughout the tour.
You would be denied participation in the tour in case if are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Infants under the age of 3 are not permitted.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
We really enjoyed this little tour. Our guide was delightful and very informative. She had lots to tell us about the history of the canal area. We visited 3 bistros, enjoyed...Sarah Spady, , 09/Dec/2016