The Naviglio della Martesana is one of the Milanese canals. It flows from Trezzo sull’Adda, close to the Sanctuary of Concesa, to Darsena in Milan after 38,7 km. It is called the Naviglio Piccolo (Little Canal), because of its short length in comparison to Naviglio Grande, it is 9 to 18 mt wide and 1 to 3 mt deep; its construction began in 1457 for irrigation purposes and it has been navigable from 1471 till 1958, wherein it was closed and fell into disuse.
Famous people sailed along the canal: Carlo Borromeo, Maria Anna d’Asburgo, Alessandro Manzoni, Cesare Beccaria, Cesare Cantù, Parini and Luigi Marchesi. In the eighties it was decided to re-evaluate the area of Naviglio della Martesana, cleaning up its banks, renovating the buildings and a new cycling and pedestrian lane was created from Cassina de’ pomm till Crescenzago, through the Parco della Martesana Gorla. From 2009, it is possible to cycle from Milan to Groppello and to Trezzo.
Cassano is inside the Adda Nord Park, a protected area instituted in 1981. You can take a ride by electric boat from Canonica to Concesa, where you can enjoy the spectacular view steeped in history or you can enjoy wine and food in one of the many restaurants that offer special ancient traditional dishes.