Gorgeous Genoa, Italy.
Genoa was founded in 4th century BC. Genoa meaning “Door” in Latin ianua. This thrilling coastal city sits on the northwest of Italy’s Liguria, hugging the edges of Ligurian Sea, which is an arm of the Mediterranean Sea. This city amazed me. Built on the cliff, famous for its port, which is the gateway to the Riviera for the adventurers and traders.
I was blown away by this city. The landscape of Genoa was extremely challenging, but somehow this city showed me how thinking outside the square could build an entire town on just a tiny little cliff overlooking the blue horizon.
Did you know???
Genoa is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus? Although Genoa is proud of plenty of other things, this is one thing they want the world to know and remember.
THINGS YOU MUST SEE AND DO WHEN IN GENOA, ITALY
(1) VISIT THE PORTO ANTICA
Designed by Renzo Piano. A historic quarter with modern sculptures and fabulous museums.
(2) PIAZZA DE FERRARI
Situated in the heart of Genoa. Famous for the beautiful fountain. Here, the old historical city meets the modern center. Relax in the sun, and people watch.
(3) AQUARIUM OF GENOA, ITALY
The largest aquarium in Italy, built by the famous architect of Pompidou Center in Paris. Perfect for all ages. Great way to admire the 71 tanks and over 500 species of sea life.
(4) CATTERDRALE DI SAN LORENZO
It is hard to miss this distinctive Black and White striped facade. Inside this cathedral, you will get the pleasure of seen Cappella del San Giovanni Battista.
5) TAKE A WALK ALONG THE LE STRADE NUOVE
Around 1528 -1630 the old city of Genoa moved to the hills. Le Stade Nuove is known as the “new street” of Genoa, surrounded with elegance and style for everyone to enjoy.
(6) VISIT MERCATO ORIENTALE
A local market, selling everything from mouth-watering food, cheese, meat, bread, fresh fruits, and vegetables. All sourced from local vendors.
(7) SEE CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS HOUSE
To see the world famous explorer Christopher Columbus’s former house you will need to head to medieval Porta Soprana. The house is furnished with all his childhood years.
(8) LA LANTERNA (LIGHTHOUSE)
A traditional symbol of Genoa. Built on 40 meters high rock and standing proud and 117 meters tall above the sea level, this fantastic lighthouse allows tourist and travelers to climb 172 steps to the admire the view from the top.
(9) GO SHOPPING
The city has fantastic shopping arcades. All the high-end designer levels to bouquet style shops will entertain you for hours.
(10) EAT LOCAL CUISINE
Genoa is known for simplicity and flavors when it comes to food. Here land and sea meet, and the food reflects that. Must have is E pesto, focaccia, and seafood risotto.
The Genoese soul resides in its alleys, where different smells, flavors, cultures, and languages reflect the historical and modern Genoa.
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