What’s a trip to Italy without a visit to a canal? It’s a must!
So, I wake up a a day or two before I’m supposed to travel back home to the UK, knowing that this canal trip had been planned for this day. I walk into the bathroom and look in the mirror only to see two huge pillows as lips on my face. I was like “oh no no, not today”. I always take allergy tablets on a long-term basis, but clearly it wasn’t working. Either I was going to stay in the hotel for the day, or I would somehow have to figure out a way to get myself sorted, so I can go out and sightsee (but putting my face on was kind of a must as I’d be taking many photos), but I really wasn’t feeling like it, as I wasn’t feeling myself as you’d imagine.
So somehow, I sort myself out and make my way out the door, with lips looking like they needed a break from everything in life, and the more the day went on, my lips started subsiding, thankfully. It was much simpler getting there than what I thought it would be, as the underground was basically right on my doorstep, but I heard prior to going, it’s about 30 minutes plus on the subway, as you’re going fairly far out of the city.
Walking out of the subway, I was thinking, I really hope this canal isn’t far away from here, like I’d have to go on a hike to get there! But thankfully now, minutes after, I spotted the canal, but I hadn’t eaten as the food in the hotel was very close to inedible. And since it was brunch, I was on the search for a great Italian restaurant. And it was right infront of me, you could see that the place was almost overflowing! But since I was wearing a beige coat, I really didnt want to be sitting in such a crowded small restaurant as I wouldnt want any accidents or food on my clothing! But I just hoped for the best.
The staff at the restaurant literally got a table out of nowhere (I swear they were magicians), and made a little table in a space that really didn’t exist and within like 10 seconds, voilà. Our table was created, in between and next to everyone, it was already the smallest walkway for staff. I’ve never felt more in the way and awkward IN MY LIFE. When I tell you this restaurant was small and overflowing, that’s an understatement. It was tiny! I couldn’t even get my coat off without elbowing the person next to me and behind me, I didn’t even attempt it! I just made a note in my head, eat and go! All I kept imagining was tomato sauce all over me and my coat and me literally having a meltdown!
I order lobster with spaghetti and ask the waiter to serve the lobster without the shell, he says “sure!”…. yeah that didn’t happen. My food was served with the lobster shell WITHOUT THE SEAFOOD CRACKER! That’s how rushed the staff were. Even attempting to say excuse me or catching their attention wasn’t working as they were here there and everywhere. So I just thought even more reason to eat and go! If I could’ve had this in a takeaway box, I would’ve!
Hectic lunch over, I’m smiling from ear to ear, proud of myself. Managing to eat that kind of dish without getting the sauce or anything on me. I felt like the world was finally on my side… for once! When I tell you it was freezing, it felt like it was minus! It was the coldest day we’d spent in Italy so far (around 3 degrees celsius). And when you’re around water it’s always so much colder! But what made up for it were the views! The area is so picturesque, it’s beyond the justification of a camera lens, (but I tried my very best).
It doesn’t get much more Italian than this canal. Established around 850 years ago, this magnificent man-made river route has served important trade and transport purposes within the city. Historically associated with the city’s artists and creative types, the Naviglio Grande now plays a social role in the city. Locals and tourists enjoy romantic strolls filled with stores, galleries, bars and markets aplenty, plus the opportunity for a memorable boat trip.
The Naviglio Grande is noted for the range of fine eateries and bars that line the canal. If you’re a fan of seafood then check out the Langosteria10 Bistrot, one of the best places for fresh seafood in the city. Meat lovers will enjoy Joe Cipolla, with its friendly staff and perfectly prepared steaks. The night doesn’t need to end after you’ve finished your meal, you’ve only just, begun! With a host of superb cocktail bars and laid-back pubs on offer, the night is still young. Ugo is the district’s premier cocktail bar, delivering a great atmosphere and even better cocktails to the busy crowd. Basically, it’s like a little town with endless things to enjoy surrounded by such breathtaking views!
I highly recommend if you’re in the Milan area to visit this place as it’s so romantic, and even if you don’t have that special someone in your life, it’s like a stunning setting out of the movies!
Have you ever been to Naviglio Grande? Would you like to go? What canals have you been to? Comment below!