Bustling Navigli photo tour


Street photo safari walking through one of the most exciting districts in Milan. Where tradition and liveliness are entwined, capture with us the details of the true vecchia Milano (old Milan).

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Architecture, Children, Culture, Design, Discovery, Family, History, Photography, Reportage, Street Photography
  • Activity Level Leisurely
  • Group Size Small Group
All about the Bustling Navigli photo tour.

We will walk through the Colonne di San Lorenzo, pay a visit to the splendid Chiesa (Church) di San Lorenzo Maggiore which is about a thousand years old and then head to see the Darsena, the ancient port of Milan newly renovated after years of struggling. After a brief stop at a local food market and a glimpse of the design district we will proceed to the very heart of the Navigli neighborhood where street photographers will be delighted, shooting old transport canals that survived to the paving and gritty alleys and courtyards where plenty of picturesque perspectives and unique pubs await us. We will then walk through Vicolo dei Lavandai, the alley where women washed clothes until the 50s. Nowadays the area is clustered with painters studios and lovely cafes.

Book this tour for any Saturday or the last Sunday of the month and we’ll bring you to the best flea markets in town!

You’re welcome to join us at the end of the photo tour for a cocktail or three prepared by some of the best bartenders in Milan, then you’ll be free to experience the true milanese happy hour ritual and spend an exciting night making new friends and capturing the mood of the neighborhood.

General infos:

Walking distance: approx. 5 km/3 mi

Required time: 4 hours (best in the afternoon)

Recommended gear:

A camera with a general purpose zoom lens is all you need for this photo tour. You can bring a small to medium size tripod or a monopod as well which will be useful on the canal’s bridges at dusk, but it’s not essential. Any wide to normal fast prime lens will be a lot of fun for street photography.

Photo editing option:

If you want to make the most out of your photography, you can book one hour or more with our professional photographers for a session of photo review and light editing after your photo tour.
We will sit together in front of a laptop, discussing your work and retouching your best shots with Photoshop Lightroom.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Four hours of guided photo tour/workshop with one of our professional photographers.
  • Water from the “drago verde”.
  • Ice cream from “Riva Reno” if you happen to take this photo tour in the summertime with Paolo.
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Photo review of the day’s pictures (we can arrange this at an extra cost of €50 per hour).
  • Food and drinks.
  • Transportation if you prefer to highlight hop.

We are a team of working professional photographers. Our field of expertise encompasses many areas in the photography business. We shoot on assignment and personal projects. We shoot editorials, portraits, events, still life, travel, architecture and basically anything from small assignments to commercials. Strangely enough none of us specializes on food photography. It must be because we love to eat it. Some of us are photography teachers, journalists and certified experts.

Please ask and we will try to satisfy your request. Since we are often traveling or busy on assignments we don’t know who of us is going to be available on your required dates.

Our photo tour groups are very small. Most often it’s going to be you and your party (if there is one). Sometimes we will merge small groups if their schedule is tight. We never build groups with more than 6 people + photographer per group. We like to have a personal approach and to spend time with you and your photography. If your party is a larger group please enquire and we will arrange more than one photographer.

Of course he/she may come with us but he/she will need to book and pay as a participant. Please remember that Milan offers plenty to do for non photographers.

Yes. All of our photographers speak Italian and English. Some of us speak other languages as well. Our photo tours are held in english.

The camera you are familiar with, with lenses and accessories. A range of lenses from wide-angle to telephoto. We will probably never use flash but it would be a good idea to bring it along. If you own a bridge or a compact camera it is fine as long as you can manually control it. Bring a light backpack because there will be some walking. You will need comfortable shoes and clothing, water, warm clothes in the winter and sunscreen and a hat in the summer. For night photo tours a tripod is essential. Please remember to check that your camera is properly working before the beginning of the photo tour, recharge your batteries (bring a spare) and bring as many cards as possibile.

Regarding cameras we welcome smartphones as well, in fact you can choose any of our photo tours and let us know you will be shooting with your smartphone.

If it rains we will try to rework our schedule together. If you have time constraints or we cannot allocate another slot we will do the photo tour all the same. Milan is a fascinating city in the rain too; it is different but nonetheless enchanting. If you’re lucky enough to be in Milan during a snowfall, you’re going to love it!

Yes it is. As long as you don’t leave your belongings unattended there will be no problems. Our photo tours go through busy and central areas which are well protected by law enforcement. During night photo tours we will be walking in central and well lit areas. We never had a problem.

Transportation is on feet, so be prepared to walk some. Comfortable shoes are a must but we will take it easy, so that everyone will have time to work on subjects. You must be reasonably fit to walk for a few hours. There’s going to be breaks for a cappuccino in the winter or an ice cream in the summer. Or both.

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