"Genoa - capital of Liguria" Genoa by PetraG

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Palaces of the former aristocrates

Genoa is a very beautiful city on the coast of Liguria (northern Italy). It has many different sides, all of them are very impressing and worth to admire...
The City Center of Genoa is full of lovely palaces that once belonged to the aristocratic families of Italy and Austria: the Grimaldis, the Habsburgs,......
Walking through the narrow streets gives you the impression of being a member of a rich family some hundret years ago. I had the feeling that instead of cars there would come horses and carriages along the roads...

Genoa harbour

The harbour is what Genoa is for. It's the biggest in Italy and a lot of boats and ships come to and go from here every day. But there is a lot more than that.
The harbour has become a very touristic place. It's full of modern architechture (contrary to the city center), souvenir-shos, stores and so on.
You can admire there an old sailing-boat built for the Hollywood-movie PIRATES (for a small fee you can walk all over the ship - it's very funny) or visit the famous Genoa Acquarium (really worth a visit!!).
But it's also great to just sit there on a bench watching all the artists and comedians in the streets.

Ancient architechture

Aroundthe city center you canalso find a lot of medeval or even roman architechture. It's just standing there between all the normal buildings.
One good example is the birthhouse of CHristopher Columbus (must-sees).

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:many different impressions in just one place
  • Cons:not many "touristy" places like beaches or shopping center etc.
  • In a nutshell:an adorable city (for me the most beautiful in northern Italy)
  • Intro Updated Jul 14, 2003
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