The Navigli district is the oldest Milan, the manmade canals were created around 1100AD to aid the flow of water through the city and to take goods upriver to Lake Maggiore and on to Switzerland. Contrary to popular belief, the word naviglio does not mean canal in Italian, but ‘fleet’, most likely derived from the Latin navigium meaning ‘to navigate.’ Leonardo Da Vinci contributed to the construction and when finished the five canals made the landlocked city more accessible to the outside world. Back in the day, this was the haunt of the post-renaissance artsy set, but the canals fell into disuse in the 1920s and the WW2 bombing meant that much of the city needed rebuilding. However in the last few years gentrification projects have shed new light on Navigli. A torrent of bars, restaurants and galleries fill the cobblestone streets and tiny studios fill the green courtyards along the canal. (Shot and edit iPhone) 💜 . . . .