Genova (in English Genoa), the capital city of Liguria, being one of the most important Mediterranean ports in Italy, is the hub of maritime trade. People mostly think Paganini, Columbus, and the culinary specialty pesto, when they hear about Genoa. However, there is much more to see and do in the city that has been portrayed as “La Superba”.
Explore the past
During the Medieval Ages, Genoa flourished immensely as a hub of maritime trade alongside Pisa, Amalfi, and Venice. To get a feel of its history stroll the Caruggi, the medieval alleyways, leading up to the main square in the city, Piazza de Ferrari. Although they appear a bit confined, the cobblestoned passageways will often lead you to a street with strange boutiques, botteghe, and bars or a light-filled piazza featuring some ancient churches. You could also take a visit to Piazza Banchi, where it is believed the first exchanges of currency took place.
View the masterpieces
Discover the palaces at the Strade Nuove, exhibiting splendid Baroque and Renaissance architectural styles. Constructed during the 16th-17th centuries, the palaces were registered on ‘Palazzi dei Rolli’. There are three galleries, including, Palazzo Tursi featuring Christopher Columbus’ bones and Paganini’s violins; Palazzo Rosso having an amazing collection of artworks by Veronese and Van Dyck; and Palazzo Bianco having paintings by Caravaggio, Rubens, and Luca Cambiaso.
If you are in the mood for designer shopping head to Via Rome, which is home to lots of top fashion brands like Mario Forni, Louis Vuitton, and Ferragamo. The shopping arcades at via XX Settembre are particularly renowned for boutiques and mid-range shops, while the Mercato Orientale is known for selling fresh vegetables, fruits, cheeses, fish, meat, olives, and pastas.
Bring culture into life
Once the home of the Doges, Palazzo Ducale has now been transformed into an arts complex featuring art galleries, shops, bars, restaurants, and bookshops. It was also the venue for the 5th Pesto World Championships in 2014.
Indulge in Leisurely Activities
You could take a trip to the Aquarium of Genoa to view some dolphins or head to the rugged coastline of Cinque Terre for spotting the dolphins as well as whales. Ride a train to the nearby beaches like Nervi, Quarto, and Quintro, where swimming is extremely easy.