Naviglio Pavese is part of Lombard waterway network and it was once a navigable canal connecting Milan to Pavia. It is 33 km long: it flows from Darsena at Porta Ticinese southwards to Pavia through Binasco. In the past, it had a double function: an irrigation purpose – nowadays it still has this function – and a commercial purpose. All along the very first part of the canal big boats, that were used in the past as means of transport, have been modified and used as restaurants, pubs appreciated by young people.
Going southwards, at San Cristoforo you can see the church, the bridge and the public wash house. Except for Rozzano, there are no big towns between Milan and Pavia all along the canal: it flows through the Parco Agricolo Sud Milano (South Milan Rural Park). In this area, where agriculture is still the prevailing economic activity, there are lots of farmsteads where you can relax and enjoy natural and simple food. You can take a boat ride or you can ride a bike along the cycling lane from Milan to the Old Bridge of Pavia.