Things To Do in Genoa
The buildings in Genoa date back to the 12th century AD, providing visitors with an immersive historical experience.
Palazzo Decale / Piazzi De Ferrari
Piazza De Ferrari is Genoa’s most important public square. It links Genoa’s historical heart with its modern, commercial centre. In the middle of the square a large fountain shoots jets of water into the air. Several important buildings are located on this square.
The Palazzo Ducale’s main entrance is around the corner at Piazza Matteotti and its second entrance is at Piazza De Ferrari. This grand old building was once the home of the Doges of Genoa, but is now a museum and a center for cultural events and arts exhibitions. The palace dates back to 1251. In July 2001, the Palazzo Ducale hosted the G8 Summit, which was attended by the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom and United States.
San Lorenzo Cathedral
The San Lorenzo Cathedral or St. Laurence Cathedral is Genoa’s stunningly beautiful black and white striped cathedral. It was founded in the 4th or 5th century. Since the Crusades it has housed the ashes of Saint John the Baptist -San Giovanni Battista, the patron saint of Genoa.
In the streets and square located near St. Lorenzo Cathedral, you’ll find many artist’s selling their work.
Porta Soprana / Columbus House
In the 12th century a ring of defensive walls was built around Genoa. The only remaining section of these walls is the gate Porta Soprana, built in 1155.
Go through the gate and walk towards the newer-looking part of town, and you will pass the elegant cloister of San Andrea and a tiny building which was once the home of Christopher Columbus.
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