It’s the Italian city home to palaces so spectacular that they’re UNESCO World Heritage sites. A city that was once home to so much wealth that the local aristocracy lived in environments literally fit for a king, and the place where Rubens began his great artistic career.
Genoa (or Genova, as it’s called in Italy), often simply passed through on Italian vacations, is a bonafide treasure trove of history, culture, and fashion.
Visitors will have seven wonderful days to discover Italian art in the great Renaissance and Baroque palaces of the Genova City in Italy.
Itineraries and best places to visit in Liguria
The very first port of call on our recent Adriatic cruise was Genoa, Italy. If you know your geography, you’ll realize that Genoa isn’t on the Adriatic at all. Instead it sits on the …
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Genoa: Discover an Italian classic medieval city with a vibrant modern twist; Louise Roddon; Daily Express
LOUISE RODDON follows in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus and discovers the historic delights of Genoa Medieval city with a vibrant modern twist.
Genoa once rivalled Venice for maritime importance and its huge intact medieval core, just a stroll inland from the port, is stuffed with vivid reminders of the past. The capital of Italy’s Liguria province, Genoa’s gritty charm permeates this network of narrow lanes and its historic centre that has been granted Unesco World Heritage status.
Lined with old merchants’ homes and historic stores selling fragrant pesto and slabs of salty focaccia bread topped with homemade salami, it’s an atmospheric district dominated by 150 Renaissance palazzi where richly frescoed ceilings top tiny, well-preserved salons.
TOUR THE PORT
The Porto Antico is where local lad Christopher Columbus learned his seafaring skills.
It is a city lost in the big shadows of Milan, Florence and Rome. But Genoa is a splendid Italian enclave, says Polly Coles – even if you are visiting with your bored children.