Genoa is a source of Italian pride.
Once upon a time commercial routes led the city-native and explorer Christopher Columbus from Genoa to the opposite shores of America to put it on the global map as the new world. Genoa's place in contributing to a momentous event in history far from the public eye until it swapped its grimy image of trade hub for the glory of tourist destination.
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If commerce transformed Genoa into a major seaport, the greatest amount in Europe of medieval heritage inspired intense cultural interest in the city. Visiting Genoa, you will bump into the true Italian heart with labyrinth of narrow streets, tree-lined alleyways and artistic heritage. The 1992 Columbus Celebration fueled renewal projects to Genoa and today you can take time to enjoy its 16th century palaces set side-by-side with baroque churches at the cobbled piazzas.
- Spianata Castelletto, a tree-lined belvedere to take in views of the city from
- Corso Italia, a beautiful promenade in the city
- Santa Maria di Castello serves as the museum and the summer cathedral
- Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art houses the biggest European collection of oriental art
- The Aquarium, the biggest one in Europe
Due to its seaside location the city adheres to maritime traditions. It served as the vibrant trading center through the hands of the Etruscans, the Greeks and the Carthaginians in the early years. The trouble came with the fall of the Roman Empire when the city declined to a backwater port. Even though pirates often attacked the city, Genoa recovered to become the most important port in the Mediterranean. This success attracted foreigners and the French established rule in the area until it was captured by Austria in 1746. In 1861 Genoa was annexed to Italy.
With regards to its maritime past, Genoa, is full of sailors even though the city has already lost its tough character to become an appealing destination on the Italian Riviera. It was the 2004 European Culture Capital as it had poured enough money into cultural revitalization. The wealth of churches and museums places the city among the world's leading destinations, while its Rolli Palaces tops the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Away from its artistic heritage, Genoa is a place to enjoy eating. As a maritime city, it specializes in sea food, but the truly Italian dish is pesto with basil, pine nuts, garlic, and parmesan cheese. From filling dining to cultural explorations, Genoa is perfect for both with an early booking at Booked.net.