The Navigli canals are the intricate system of canals. Their building started in the Middle Ages, until later the canals completely embraced Milan. In the first decades of the twentieth century the canals were covered for the most part, except the ones in this area, which is characterized by a particular atmosphere. Here are concentrated most of the local nightlife of Milan. The area around the Darsena, which is the ancient port the town, attracts all kinds of events. The Navigli area is also the place that has preserved the most genuine aspect and typical of Milanese buildings, with their small courtyards where you can find typical small shops.