Naviglio Grande in Milan

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The Naviglio Grande is a canal in Lombardy, northern Italy, connecting the Ticino river near Tornavento (23 km (14 mi) south of Sesto Calende) to the Porta Ticinese dock, also known as the Darsena, in Milan. It drops 34 m (112 ft) over 49.9 km (31.0 mi). It varies in width from 22 to 50 m (72 to 164 ft) from Tornavento to Abbiategrasso, dropping to 15 m (49 ft) between there and Milan. Initially it carries 63 cubic metres per second (2,200 cu ft/s), 116 outlets take water to irrigate 500 square kilometres (190 sq mi) leaving the canal 12 m (39 ft) wide and carrying 12 m³/s (420 cu ft/s) as it enters the dock.

The Naviglio Grande was the most important of the Milanese “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 medieval engineering projects, allowing development of commerce, transport and agriculture.

in Milan © Nelson Perez/cc-by-sa-3.0 in Cuggiono © Daniele85Cugg/cc-by-sa-4.0 in Gaggiano © Yorick39/cc-by-sa-3.0 in Milan © Bzeedorf/cc-by-sa-4.0 in Milan © flickr.com - belboo/cc-by-sa-2.0 in Milan © flickr.com - harmishhk/cc-by-sa-2.0
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Between 1830 and the end of the century, traffic averaged 8,300 boats of all sizes coming and going, carrying 350,000 long tons (360,000 t) per year. It peaked again during the second world war – with Allied planes bombing road and rail, water transport again became useful for transporting goods. The surge in activity continued after the war – in 1953 Porta Ticinese dock was the 13th largest in the country in terms of goods received. However, an increase in the value of goods and strong interests supporting road transport caused a rapid decline. During the sixties, the Fossa Interna was covered over and on March 30, 1979, the last cargo of sand was unloaded at the Darsena. Since then the canal has been used only for its original purpose, irrigation.

Recently the Istituto per i Navigli has been campaigning for the return of navigation on the canal. The project, called From Switzerland to the Sea promotes the restoration of the canal as part of a long distance waterway linking Lake Maggiore (partly in Switzerland) to Venice (Italy).

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