Genova-Palazzo Ducale

GEnova-Porta Soprana-Casa di Colmbo

 

Genova-cattedrale di san Lorenzo

 

Genoa Full Day

The full day gives travellers a better and more in depth idea of the city.

It is possible to reach the suburbs by bus: the sea promenade, with a photo stop at Boccadasse, once a fishermen village; then onwards to the panoramic spot of Castelletto through the residential quarter of Albaro, rich in ancient noble villas.

On foot guests visit the gothic-romanesque cathedral of S. Lawrence, with its wondeful frescoes and the famous chapel of S. John the Baptist. Then on to piazza De Ferrari with the Opera House and the School of Arts. At a short distance is the Jesuit church, astonishing example of baroque, preserving works by Rubens and Guido Reni. Here rises the Ducal Palace too, ancient seat of the city government and now used for temporary art exhibitions.  A gentle slope leads to the medieval Soprana Gate and Columbus House. A few steps away is the noble Piazza S. Matteo. Onwards to piazza Campetto and Via degli Orefici, an area rich in ancient charm and old old confectioners’.

The tour takes to Banchi, once thriving marketplace and seat of the ancient moneychangers, today overlooked by the typical church of S. Peter, with painted facade, and  livened up by the numerous stalls.

S. George palace cannot be let out, where it is said the notable prisoner Marco Polo dictated his Milione. Right opposite is the Expo’, the Old Port, restored by Renzo Piano in 1992, nowadays the most touristic area in the city, with the Aquarium, the Bigo and "Città dei Bambini".

The walk continues along Via S. Luca, another road of noble residence, to reach the richly frescoed S. Siro church, inside is a great Annunciazione by Gentileschi.

Another brief slope and  the most monumental street in the city is right in front: Via Garibaldi. Noble street par excellence, its palaces and gardens offer one of the best examples of the 1500 and 1600 in Genoa.


It is possible to extend the tour with a visit to a museum or an exhibition.

At least a break is forseen for lunch at one of the many trattorias of the old city or a short break for a panino or a stuffed vegetable cake.

 
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