Northeast Milano has changed so much…! In three or four years, this Milano district – now called NoLo (North of Loreto) - has revolutionized its structure and turned its diversity into a strength. The boundary of this neighborhood, a nightlife meeting point, is the beginning of our journey. Wear low, comfortable shoes to proceed at a good pace and find pleasure in exercise.
Start from Viale Monza towards Crescenzago. The first stop is Ponte Vecchio, the ancient bridge, built in 1837 and designed by Carlo Caimi, that dominates the Martesana Canal, connecting Milano with the Adda river, a landmark that should not be missed as it tells a piece of the history of the Milano Navigli. From Ponte Vecchio, two indentations on the sides of the Naviglio can be seen – that is where the old darsena, or dockyard, once was. The closest building was then Canottieri Gorla, home of the club that in the1900s attained several victories in rowing competitions.
Continue along Via Petrocchi, among nineteenth-century gardens and villas, and then reach Via Bertelli. From via Bertelli follow along the Martesana Canal, where it is possible to see some gorgeous old houses facing the railing. Peace and silence are interrupted only by the voices and music of those partying at Cascina Martesana. A little further on, you will come across the Martesana Amphitheater, now known as the Iraqi Martyrs of Freedom Park. Dedicated to the victims of terrorism, it is now an important meeting place for the entire community.