They say that for every church in Rome, there’s a bank in Milan. The economic success of postwar Italy can be attributed, at least in part, to this city of bankers, publicists, and pasta power-lunchers.
Even though landlocked Milan is far from any major lake or river, the city has a sizable port. Since 1170, a canal has connected Milan with the Mediterranean via the Ticino River, which flows into the Po River on its way to the Adriatic Sea. Five hundred years ago, Leonardo da Vinci helped further develop the city’s canals and designed a modern lock system; you’ll find some of his exquisitely detailed drawings for the canals at Milan’s Biblioteca Ambrosiana.
Today, the old industrial canal district is trendy and thriving.With lively bars and restaurants lining the canal, this is a great people scene for dinner or evening fun.
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