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What You Must See in Genoa in Italy
The city of Genoa in Italy is not as well heard of as Rome, Venice and Florence, but it is a beautiful city to visit and not crowded with thousands of tourists.
It is in the north west of Italy in the region of Liguria. It is a very historic city due to its maritime history.
It is the birth place of Christopher Columbus and you can even visit where his home was.
Genoa can be reached by plane as they have an international airport 10 minutes from the city centre.
There are very good train links if you are coming from other European cities or other parts of Italy.
Many cruise lines stop in Genoa as a port of call throughout the year.
The Sights to See in Genoa
There is lots to see in Genoa and it cannot all be seen in day, so when planning your visit book, a long weekend or a week.
These are the places you must visit while in Genoa:
San Lorenzo Cathedral
San Lorenzo Cathedral is a beautiful Cathedral and was built between the 12th – 14th century and completed in the 17th century. Take a walk around the cathedral and even go up the tower for a great view of the city.
Piazza de Ferrari
Piazza de Ferrari is a big square in the city centre with huge water fountain in the middle. This is a lovely place to walk around, stop and have a coffee or glass of wine. It is the entrance to the main shopping district as well.
Christopher Columbus House
Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa and you can view the remains of Christopher Columbus’s house. The museum is an 18th-century reconstruction of the house.
Via Garibaldi one of Genoa’s oldest street dating back to 1550, originally called Strada Nuova. In this street are Palazzo Rosso and Palazzo Bianco which are both beautiful museums to view.
Palazzo Rosso dates back to 1677 and now is a public gallery with art collections and some of the rooms are preserved with original furniture and decoration. If you can go the top the views are amazing.
Palazzo Bianco dates back to 1540 is another beautiful palace with an art collections and stately rooms.
Palazzo Reale was built in 1643. The building is a large aristocratic residence, which the Balbi family lived in and built. It is beautiful inside with very old pieces of art and how the other half lived back then. The courtyard is unique and there are old carriages from that period.
Porto Antico is very close to the cruise ship terminal and is only a 15-minute walk. It was originally the old harbour and is an ancient part of Genoa.
It is now a vibrant modern marina with an aquarium, museums, a cinema, bars, restaurants, children’s play area, modern sculptures and old port equipment on display.
There is the ‘Bigo’ lift to go on that is a short ride that gives you a panoramic view of the city and harbour. It is a nice area to walk along the water and stop and have a drink or lunch.
Villa del Principe – Palazzo di Andrea Doria
This is opposite the cruise ship terminal and is one of the oldest buildings in Genoa. Villa del Principe was the richest and most noble household of the city of Genoa.
It was the home of the only Prince Genoa ever had in 1529. The rooms are ancient and have painted walls and ceilings and tapestry everywhere and the grounds are stunning.
These are just a few things to visit in Genoa, there are even more things to see in the city and the surrounding areas.
You may enjoy reading about Portofino and Santa Margherita, Camogli, more about Genoa and Cinque Terre.
This was a guest post by from the blog Lucy Williams Global. Lucy travels the world on a cruise ship most of the year and then splits her time at home between the UK and Italy.
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