Art along Milan’s Canals

Events, Things to Do, What's New — By Adrian Petersen on April 5, 2010 at 9:15 am

Milan’s history is inherently connected with the system of canals, that wind their way through the whole city. Naviglio Grande is the city’s oldest canal and takes it’s water from the Ticino river. Construction took place from 1177 to 1257 and the canal is some fifty kilometres in length. Originally built as a means of transporting goods, it was also used to carry the marble blocks that were used in the construction of the Milan’s Cathedral.

Today amongst the old wash-houses with their wooden beamed roofs you will find artisans shops along side boutiques, cafés, restaurants and barges fitted out as bars creating a unique atmosphere.

Next month (May) “Arte sul Naviglio” is held alongside the historic Naviglio Grande canal, from viale Gorizia to via Casale. Originally organised to represent a handful of Milanese painters, ‘Art on the Naviglio’ today exhibits the work of around 300 artists from all over Italy.

So whether its oils, acrylics, watercolours or something a little more experimental, this is a great place to browse and find an artistic bargain.

For more information check out Naviglio Grande

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