Retail therapy with history lessons too? When in Genoa, visit the botteghe storiche for great products and a glimpse into the city’s storied past. Like other places in Italy, Genoa is committed to preserving these special stores, established between the 17th and first half of the 20th centuries.
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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Offering both splendor and grit, Genoa is an intriguing city that’s rich in art and notable architecture, and home to a revitalized port designed by starchitect Renzo Piano. You’ll also find some of the tastiest food in Italy here.
Italy is a popular travel destination, but much of the tourism goes to a few places like Rome, Venice and Florence or to cities within the reach of a cruise ship port. But there are many places in Italy that deserve a visit, both famous and lesser known.
Italy is known for its history. It has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country. It has been the home to Roman Emperors certainly but also to Greek colonists, Saracen pirates, Venetian traders, as well as Renaissance princes, scientists and artists. It has been ruled in part by Caesar, Napoleon, Austrian kings, Norman knights, Mussolini and popes.
It has also given the world such culinary gifts as pizza, spaghetti, and gelato but is still the home to vast array of lesser known regional dishes.
It packs all this history in a country the size of the state of California (although with twice the population) so seeing a few different regions on one trip is manageable.
Read more from source: 62 Best Cities, Towns and Places to See in Italy – Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast
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.