Field Trip


The field trip will offer the unique opportunity to take a boat trip on the Naviglio Grande di Milano, one of the canals crossing Milano. Along the Milano-Abbiategrasso water channel, one of the most important waterways of Lombardia Region, it will be possible to explore the Ticino Park and the agricultural area of ​​ Villoresi Consortium.

The Naviglio Grande is one of the five Lombard canals built since the 12th century for connecting Milano with Maggiore lake (through the Ticino river), Como lake (through the Adda river) and the city of Pavia and the Po river. These canals were used in the past for transporting goods; nowadays they play a fundamental role for irrigation. Along these canals, a great treasure represented by noble summer residences, mills, castles, abbeys, beautiful rural and natural landscapes have been developed over the centuries.

A detailed history overview (in Italian) is available here.

The field trip will start at 9.00 a.m. and the boat trip on the Naviglio Grande will last about 2 hours. During the first part of the navigation, it will be possible to admire the famous Vicolo dei Lavandai, Palazzo Galloni and the monumental complex of San Cristoforo, composed by the Church, the bridge and the wash-house. The navigation will then continue through the villages of Corsico and Trezzano sul Naviglio, arriving in Gaggiano at around 11.00 a.m. Then, a bus will take participants to visit lowland spring in Morimondo and then to the lunch location (Cascina Caremma), a farmhouse in Besate (lunch included in the conference registration fee). The field trip will continue in the afternoon, thanks to the staff of Est Ticino Villoresi Consortium that will accompany participants to a lowland spring and some irrigation structures examples of the relationship between surface waters and groundwater.

At the end of the field trip, one bus will take participants to Malpensa airport and a second one to Milano Central Station. The arrival is scheduled for 5.30 p.m.

For detailed instructions look at this document.