The canals of Milan (formally known as "Navigli") have by now missing the importance that they had a time, but they could tell us interesting pages of history and add an insert to the big mosaic of the past of the city, an itinerary hystoric-turist along the canals in Milan or in the environs, besides, it could do us to rediscover places very nice and few known. The Vettabbia, a canal of which they remain only few leftovers toward By Ripamonti, it disclose us sudden the principal function that these artful canals had; his name arises, in fact, from the Latin "[vectare]," that means to carry. In age medieval, the circle line of the canals served above all like defense of the city. When in the 1162 Milan was destroyed completely from the junctions of Frederic" The Barbarossa" and the cities Lombard its allied, the wall up had reconstructed following the ellittic layout of the original canals. But early the waters of the canals engaged an important function for the irrigation of the surrounding countries and they became real and own streets of exchange also and of commerce. Is suffice think that, in correspondence of the Shipyard or harbor from Milan, they converge the waters that from the Maggiore Lake descend along the Ticino river and the Big Canal (Naviglio Grande) and that which they from the Lake of Como finish in the Adda river, in the Martesana's Naviglio and in the Little Naviglio. The 550.000 blocks of marble of Candoglia, used for the construction of the Cathedral, they had carried just across the canals. The certainty of the navigation consented the trips of the persons, that used such purpose them also until at the end of the nineteenth century. You organize an itinerary distinctive legacy to the theme of the water: You will know your city under the appearance of the function and of the importance that this resource has always had. Do you have felt speak about the never "[brellin]"? Is a cassette of wood that came used from the laundresses for wash: the waters of the canals also served to this. Along the shoreline (alzaia) of the Naviglio Grande, exists again a remnant of these ancient wash-tub today, the Alley of the Laundrymen that to be worth of visit it. You achieve the Shipyard, a basin along 750 meters, then wide 19-25, deep 1,5 meters, with a surface of 17.500 quadrate meters. Here there was the landing place of the big ships load of sand and gravel; they are been able to still see the benches. The canals represented a place of holiday also. The nobility and the rich bourgeoisie built their villas in shore to the Naviglio Grande. To Cassinetta of Lugagnano, to Robecco and they to Castelletto of Cuggiono are been able to still admire these constructions that look out on the canal with the landing stage.

Aereal view of the Naviglio's wet dock in Milan
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Little story of the canals

Begin the realization of the Naviglio Grande,a canalization of the Ticino river long 50 KM that connects Tornavento to Milan.Will begin to be seaworthy being from the half of the XIII century.
To the little lake of Milan, that rose beside the actual Laghetto street, the big ships arrive at containers the marble of Candoglia without pause the use for the construction of the Cathedral.
They develop new seaworthy canalizations, like the Naviglio of Bereguardo, the "Navigliaccio" and the Martesana, that created a small shipyard near to the church of S. Mark, the so-called "tumbun de San Marc."
The governor Spanish Pedro de Acevedo begins the construction of the of Naviglio Pavese. The opera will remain incomplete.
The Austrians dedicate the of Naviglio Pavese, whose construction had been curl and initiate from Napoleone.
It comes covered the little lake in Milan.
In Milan comes initiate the landfill of the inside Naviglio.
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It comes covered all the urban pull of the Naviglio.

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