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Book a flight to Genoa and discover the capital of the Italian province of Liguria and the heart of what was once a maritime trade that wrote history for centuries. The whole city stretches along a coastal strip along the sea, with the Apennine Mountains looming majestically behind it. Although this unique natural harbour was already in use by early Greek settlers, Genoa did not really come into its own until the Middle Ages. The Genoese mastery of maritime skills was legendary, with colonies and bases in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and Atlantic. They traded with England, Holland, the Crimean Tatars and the Byzantines. Even America’s discoverer was Genoese, working in service of Spain. Today, the city still hosts the most important port in Italy, but it has also been successfully smartening up its fine collection of architectural and landscape beauties for some years now.
Book a flight to Genoa and take a trip through the beautiful old town to see first-hand how the city continued to expand and change. The characteristic narrow streets and houses up to eight storeys tall bear witness to the lack of real space there must have been within the gigantic city walls. The city’s main square, Piazza De Ferrari, is one of the few open spaces. This is where you will find the Palazzo della Nuova Borsa and the Teatro Carlo Felice opera house. The Cathedral of San Lorenzo is considered a masterpiece of the Romanesque architectural style; the black and white striped walls are adorned with countless reliefs carved in stone. The Strade Nuove (Via Garibaldi, Via Cairoli and Via Balbi) are renowned for the Palazzi Rolli, splendid city palaces where Genoa’s riches can be admired. There are a number of art exhibitions here which are well worth seeing. The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Piazza San Matteo is home to the palaces of the Doria family, home of Genoa’s most famous leader, Andrea Doria, as well as the church of San Matteo. Christopher Columbus is said to have been born in the old town. The Old Port gives you something out of the ordinary: it is home to the largest aquarium in Europe, designed by the influential Genoese architect Renzo Piano. A shipping museum and one for children can also be found here. The actual port of Genoa is the second-largest Mediterranean port after Marseilles, and many gigantic cruise ships begin their tours here. You should also make a point of trying the many typical dishes that originate from Genoa. Genoa’s cuisine is based on olive oil, vegetables and aromatic herbs. Pesto was invented here, and Minestrone alla Genovese and the Genoese flatbread Focaccia are both well-known foods from the area. Of course, fish dishes come freshly caught, and are offered as delicious street food. Sipping a glass of Ligurian wine and listening to the Trallaleras, the traditional songs of the dockers, give you the perfect Genoese moment.