Everyone knows the canals of Venice. A much smaller version that is a must see is in in Milano.The Navigli. Once used for transportation, it is now an entertainment, art, and foodie attraction. It really comes to life after dark, music seems to be everywhere. Restaurants are along the canals and have aperitivo dining. It varies from restaurant to restaurant, but you can enjoy yourself for less. One light I stopped at a little wine bar near my hotel and sat down with a good glass of Italian red and snacked of chips, veggies, and crostini. My total tab was 1.50 Euros.
Here is a link to my Vimeo video of the Navigli
Restaurants abound in the area. Bars offer happy hour deals where you can nibble you way through dinner if you buy a drink or two.
Milano has a wonderful transportation network.
Access to the Navigili district is easy to reach by tram or metro.
I took the number 9 tram for a scenic and interesting ride. Exit at the Porta Ticinese stop and you can walk the entire district.
Here is a link to the Things To Do In Milan web site and the page for the Navigili area.
I ate dinner at Locandina deii Navigli as I had to get my fill of Risotto Milanese.