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HISTORICALThe Naviglio Martesana or Naviglio Piccolo, whose construction dates back to the second half of the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, receives the waters of the River Adda at Concesa, just downstream from Trezzo sull'Adda; On its way it crosses the territories of the municipalities of Trezzo sull'Adda, Inzago, Bellinzago Lombardo, Gessate, Gorgonzola, Bussero, Cassina de Pecchi, Cernusco sul Naviglio, Vimodrone, Cologno Monzese and Milan, for a length of 38.7 kilometres. It enters Milan in the north-eastern part of the city and flows open to the "Cassina de' Pomm" near Via Melchiorre Gioia, under whose road surface it has been burrowing since 1968. Further on it receives the Seveso stream and then reaches the Bastioni di Porta Nuova, where it changes its name to Redefossi.From its origins, the Naviglio was disputed between the citizens, interested in economic traffic and therefore navigability, and those living in the countryside who saw it as a source of water for irrigation. From the end of the 16th century, however, the Naviglio was intensively used for navigation, favouring commercial traffic in foodstuffs and building materials. In the past, mills, docks, factories, but also villas, palaces and sumptuous gardens were reflected in these waters.Countless historical figures have navigated on the Naviglio: Leonardo da Vinci (to whom some attribute the invention of the locks and direct participation in the construction of the Martesana), Archbishop Carlo Borromeo, Archduchess Marianna of Austria, Alessandro Manzoni, Cesare Beccaria, and many others.In 1958, the Martesana was downgraded from a transport route to an irrigation canal, and the last barges carrying sand from Vimodrone to Milan disappeared. In the 1980s, the concept of the Martesana as an asset to be safeguarded and revalued became established: the Municipality of Milan promoted the radical cleaning up of the banks, while private individuals began to restore the dilapidated buildings, creating tiny vegetable gardens between the apartment blocks.In the 1990s, a cycle and pedestrian path was built along the entire length of the Naviglio, which is currently very popular and constitutes a mainstay of soft mobility in the metropolitan area.