Journey to Genoa
Follow in the footsteps of Columbus in this richly historic Italian city
Sprawled over Liguria's picturesque hills as they descend toward north-western Italy's Mediterranean coast, Genoa, the region's atmospheric capital city, justifies its nickname: la Superba.
Like many of Italy's great cities, Genoa has a rich and illustrious history. Occupied by the Greeks in the sixth century BC and later by the Romans, Genoa was destroyed by Carthaginians during the Punic Wars and rebuilt to become, by medieval times, a prosperous financial, shipbuilding and trading port. Subsequently beleaguered by the Black Death, ongoing wars with Venice, economic decline and the continual threat of piracy, Genoa's 'golden era' only arrived in the sixteenth century, when many notable artists and architects including Alessi, Rubens, Caravaggio and Van Dyck were drawn to the city.
This colourful history has shaped modern-day Genoa, its legacy
evident in the city's wealth of magnificent architectural styles.
The grand sixteenth and seventeenth century 'palaces' collected
around the Via Garbaldi have earned UNESCO World Heritage status,
whilst many more architectural gems are tucked away in the maze of
narrow medieval streets that forms the Old Town at Genoa's
These highlights and the city's many fine museums and galleries, its magnificent cathedral and ancient churches and its beautiful waterfront which combines the historic harbour with a thoroughly contemporary dock area demonstrate why Genoa is such a popular and rewarding destination, and referred to as 'the Superb one'.