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The Great Swimming Race


In August 1895, in order to celebrate the foundation of the first water polo club in the city, the municipal authorities organised a long-distance swimming race on the Naviglio Grande from Abbiategrasso to Milan, 17 Km downstream.

The rowing club Canottieri Olona and the local foundation Fondazione per la Promozione dell’Abbiatense, in collaboration with Navigli Lombardi, are relaunching this historic tradition with the event “Once upon a time… on the Naviglio (C’era una volta…sul Naviglio)”, and the legendary swimming race (18km from Abbiategrasso to Milan), will be part of a full calendar of games and sports events along that stretch of the Naviglio Grande.