Genoa, Italy

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Genoa (Genova) is a busy port city, known for its important role in maritime trade, ship building and steel production over the centuries, which brought commerce and wealth, and contributed to its cultural and historical heritage.

Genoa has almost 90,000 square meters of public parks, including Villeta di Negri and Belvedere Castelleto in the heart of town, overlooking the historical center.

   

Upper areas of the city are reached by public elevators. There is a scenic upper ring road called the Circonvallezione a Monte.

    

Piazza de Ferrari is the main square of Genoa, reknowned for its fountain, and surrounded by several historical buildings, now mostly banking facilities.

     

The old harbour (Porto Antico) has been redeveloped as a tourist destination with renovated historical buildings and new landmarks like the aquarium and the sphere.

    

The Aquarium of Genoa and the Biosphere, built in 1992 for the Expo, is a scientific and educational centre focusing on aquatic conservation.

     

The Galleon Neptune, a replica of a 17th century Spanish carrack, rests in the old harbour.

The Strade Nuove is a UNESCO World Heritage site of central streets where palaces were built by the Genoese aristocracy in the 16th and 17th centuries.

There were originally over 160 palaces, 40 of them now in various states of refurbishment and some of which have been converted to museums or galleries.

       

Abazzia di Santo Stefano

     

  Palazzo Doria Tursi 

  Teatro Carlo Felice

Genoa's history of ecclesiastical leaders, wealthy nobility and patrons of the arts has left a rich legacy of buildings spanning 7 centuries.

Much of the city's art is found in historic churches and palaces. 

 

The Arco della Vittorio (Victory Arch) is dedicated to the Genoese who died during WWI.

Central Genoa is laid out in a maze of squares and alleys. There are remnants of medieval walls and gates.

   

Walking Genoa's winding carrugi (alleys) takes you to hidden treasures like the birthplaces of Columbus and Paganini.

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This site was last updated 08/11/19