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|Genoa is the most important
city in Liguria, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, one of the
main maritime towns in Italian history. Petrarch called it "proud"
and "lady of the sea".
Its port is among the most
important of southern Europe. It is a city laden with history whose
monuments, squares and building witness to its past glory. Its
medieval section, with Piazza San Matteo, the Cathedral and the old
port, is the oldest one and its ancient charm is very well preserved.
On the other hand, its
Renaissance pomp is very well represented by the wonderful Doria
Pamphili palace, the Palazzo Reale, (a good example of Genoese
patrician mansion) and by Via Garibaldi, one of the most monumental
streets in Italy, lined with 16/17 century palaces with porticos,
courtyards and frescoed chambers.
International airports: Cristoforo
Colombo, at Sestri Ponente, 7 km from Genoa
Postal code: 16100
Country/area code: (+39)
Regional Information: Via
Fieschi 15, tel. 010-54851
City Information: Via
Roma 11, tel. 010-576791- fax 010-581408
The International Nautical Show, a real must for every boating
retailer and fan, takes place every year in October. "The Regatta
of the Ancient Sea Republics" is about navigation too. It is a
competition between Genoa, Pisa, Venice and Amalfi. This regatta takes
place in Genoa every four years.