Venice might be the city that first comes to mind when you hear “Italy” and “canals,” but Milan’s lively Navigli district is also defined by its waterways. The canals, known locally as navigli, have a long practical history but the former industrial neighbourhood south of the Duomo has now been transformed into one of the coolest parts of the city. While most of Milan has a reputation for high fashion, the navigli have a more bohemian and artistic vibe. The neighbourhood, which covers the area surrounding the Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese canals near Porta Genova, is full of restaurants, bars and vintage shops set along the water. With beautiful scenery and lots of outdoor cafes, it is one of the best areas in the city to wander in the afternoon before grabbing a sunset spritz to kick off an evening of drinks and dining in true Milanese style.