Skip to comments.Canal cruises into past prove Shakespeare was right [Italian Medieval/Renaissance canals reopening]
Posted on 01/14/2009 1:22:51 PM PST by Mike Fieschko
Italy is to reopen medieval and Renaissance inland waterways so that tourists can travel more than 500 kilometres (300 miles) by boat from Lake Maggiore to Venice via Milan.
This summer engineers will start clearing eight kilometres of canals from the southern end of Lake Maggiore at Sesto Calende to Somma Lombardo. Alessandro Meinardi, of the Navigli Lombardi (Lombardy Canals) company, which is overseeing the project, said that the aim was to make navigable the whole of the 14th-century 140-kilometre stretch of waterways from Locarno in Switzerland to Milan.
The restored canal system would eventually link up with the River Po, winding its way to Venice by way of Pavia, Piacenza, Cremona and Ferrara. Whereas the waterways used to transport goods, they would now enable visitors to take 'the slow route' to Venice, 'drifting past the Italian Renaissance landscape'. The billion euros (£886 million) project aims to revive what was once a main transport artery, as confirmed by casual references to Milan in Shakespeare's plays as an inland port. ...
Francesco Rusconi Clerici, a Milanese engineer, said the first part of the route was originally used to transport marble from quarries at Candoglia in the Val d'Ossola in Piedmont to build Milan's Gothic cathedral, the Duomo, which was begun in 1386. The trip, using horse-drawn barges known as cagnone, took two weeks, with each barge carrying up to 50 tonnes of stone.
The canals of Milan were first built in the 12th century by Benedictine and Cistercian monks, and later expanded in line with designs by Leonardo da Vinci, linking the city to the sea. Leonardo turned his hand to waterways after painting The Last Supper at Milan's church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...
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Gotta say, that would be an amazing cruise.
Canale, cagnone, carbonara, cannelloni, cannoli...sounds like a great combo.
I have a some friends who took a houseboat rental trip along the canals of southern France. They said it was an outstanding holiday.
I bet the future trips along the canals of Italy will be even better since they will go past some exciting locations and cities.
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