You need to shift the route a little to discover the other hidden paradises Milan has to offer. Because Milan is devoid of a sea and lakes, canals were dug from the river ail the way to the lower end of the city with hopes of having water run through the city. The cafes and restaurants lining both banks of the 50 km stretch of the oldest canal, Naviglio Grande, constructed in 1277, create a buzzing atmosphere especially on Sundays. It is particularly worth discovering the area around the Via Cardinale Ascanio Sforza and Ripa di Porta Ticinese. You can find anything from furniture to clothing to suit every taste in the vintage market set up on the last Sunday of every month.
Leaving behind the luxurious and glamorous atmosphere of Milan and the ‘quadrilateral of fashion’ and entering the natural, intimate and warm atmosphere of Navigli to browse the stalls, enjoy the delectable food of the simple, rustic ‘trattorias’ and taste Italy’s famous vanill