The bohemian part of town, traditionally the artists’ neighborhood, developed around the canals once used for commerce. Nowadays, it has become a lot busier and more touristic than years past, when foreigners were unlikely to have heard about it. Yet, Navigli remains full of charm. Stroll along the canals, visit the beautiful Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, the art galleries and small vintage shops, enjoy some aperitivo at a local bar, and perhaps some dinner at one of its restaurants. If possible, avoid the touristic restaurants and try:  La Pont Ferr (small menu, but quality food), El Brellin (traditional in the region, our last meal there was ok, the Vicolo dei Lavandail venue is historical), Oficcina 12 and Corniglio Bianco (very similar food and neighbors). Your last stroll could be in the direction of the Amorino Gelateria along the canal. On weekends, starting Friday evenings, Navigli gets quite crowded and at the peak of the summer season, it fills up with tourists and mosquitoes! We recommend you choose other parts of town if you want a more authentic Italian feel, yet, admittedly, if you travel in August, it will be very hard to find Italians in town, they all seem to head to the coast.