Naviglio Grande, Magenta

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The Naviglio Grande is a canal in Lombardy, northern Italy, joining the Ticino river near Tornavento (23 km south of Sesto Calende) to the Porta Ticinese dock, also known as the Darsena, in Milan. It drops 34 m over 49.9 km. It varies in width from 22 m to 50 m from Tornavento to Abbiategrasso, dropping to 15 m between there and Milan. Initially carries 63 m³ per second, 116 outlets take water to irrigate 500 square kilometres leaving the canal 12 m wide and carrying 12 m³ per second as it enters the dock.HistoryThe Naviglio Grande was the most important of the Milan “navigli”. Probably originating as a ditch dug in 1157 between Abbiategrasso and Landriano as a defense against Frederick Barbarossa, it was one of the largest post-medieval engineering projects, allowing development of commerce, transport and agriculture.In 1177, construction began near Tornavento, but problems stopped work almost immediately. In 1179 however, a dam was constructed and water from the Ticino was directed towards Turbigo, Castelletto di Cuggiono, Bernate and Boffalora reaching Gaggiano in 1233. This 30 km section, the “Navigium de Gazano” took over 50 years to dig by hand using only pickaxe and shovel. Prisoners from Turbigo were put to work in 1239 to increase the carrying capacity of the canal.
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  • Excellent opportunity for a walk in peace, with a suitable repellant lotion. Bellissimo il Castelletto (unfortunately not open to the public and not manutentato), characteristic restaurants overlooking, quarries and construction on the banks of the Canal where time seems to have stopped. Also try browsing by boat and "Cicero" attached to the route of your choice.
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  • Truly one of the water show flowing now placid now surging, for small jumps or man-made constrictions, following in the footsteps of the thought of Leonardo. A continuous, incessant flow like thoughts that overlook in the mind before the seasonal landscapes which can be discovered by walking or cycling along the towpaths of the Naviglio. Not only in spring and summer you can understand and appreciate this part of nature. Try to visit inautunno, when the mist rises in the morning and the Sun coming out begins to illuminate the banks, houses, trees, banks. ..... Or in winter, with cold no, you can't maybe to ride a bike, but a healthy walk that you ... and then maybe stop to drink something hot in a little place called ... I am "imported from the sea" and I live in Milano, but I can tell you that even the Canal has its charms.
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  • If you can go sailing on the Naviglio Grande from Boffalore. There are mini cruises lasting 55 minutes (costs 12 euros per person) that are discover an idyllic and beautiful area.
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  • Place of historic charm.
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