Milan is a water town. It’s not the first feature you’ll think about when you consider the Italian metropolis, it’s one of the many faces of the versatile Milan, born in 590 BC in the middle of the Padana plane just because – history tells - it was the crossing point of North – South - East and West resurgences’ sides.
After the centuries have gone by, the famous Navigli (Canals) were built thanks to Leonardo Da Vinci who drew the sluice doors. Navigli is also the name of the triangle bordered by Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese that reaches Porta Tcinese. How many canals belong to the “system of Navigli”? They are five: Naviglio Grande, Naviglio Pavese, Naviglio Martesana, the Naviglio of Paderno and the the Naviglio of Bereguardo, to be discovered mainly by means of small boats that can be used either for the irrigation or for the defence of the territory and for the moving of goods.
The matching “Milan and water” is a journey into the past, the present and the future that has its climax in the project of Expo 2015 called “Waterways”, a number of environmental works aimed at making the landscape more beautiful and improving the water network. The purpose is offering the community and tourists 125 kilometres of cycle and pedestrian routes along the restyled canals. Moreover, the “Waterway”, a permanent watering canal around 21 kilometres long divided into three parts, will be part of this context: “the Northern Waterway” – the section that will reach the Expo Site from Canale Villoresi, the “Central Waterway”, the section that crosses the Expo Site and the “Southern Waterway” the connection from the Expo Site to Naviglio Grande.
Luciana Francesca Rebonato
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