Genoa (Genova in Italian) is Italy’s largest sea port. It is full of grandeur, squalor, sparkling light and deep shade. It is also a gateway to the Riviera, showing off its former glory.
The Most Serene Republic of Genoa ruled over the Mediterranean during the 12th to the 13th centuries – and history feels alive in Genoa. In its old city you can find a maze of narrow caruggi (streets), largely intact. In the heart of the Italian port city lies Piazza de Ferrari, a main square with a beautiful fountain and lined with historic buildings, including the Palace of the Doges the Teatro Carlo Felice, which was destroyed during WWII and then rebuilt. The seaside neighborhood of Boccadasse is vision of pink and yellow buildings that brighten up this lovely fishing village.
The city’s once-tatty port area now hosts museums and a number of eating and drinking options. Its old town, too, has had its own far more organic revitalisation, with a bright new crop of fashionable shops, restaurants and bars lighting the way.
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