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Piazza De Ferrari, New Year's Eve 2019

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Feast day of St. John the Baptist, procession arriving at San Lorenzo cathedral, 24 June 2019

Most people think of Rome, think of Florence, think of Venice, but as far as I'm concerned they are amusement parks for tourists. Genoa has remained the real thing.Xavier Salomon, Roman-born, former curator of European paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Hard Facts

  • Sixth largest city in Italy with a population of approximately 600,000
  • An active port with container, cruise and ferry activities; headquarters of Costa Crociere
  • Largest intact medieval quarter in Europe
  • Part of the Golden Triangle along with Milan and Turin, heart of the economic boom after World War II from the late 1950s into the 1960s, leading to Italy’s industrial growth and its currently having the third largest economy in the European Union
  • National headquarters of the Italian Institute of Technology
  • Named a UNESCO World heritage Site in 2006 with the ‘Palazzi dei Rolli’, Renaissance palaces made available to visiting dignitaries in the 16th-17th century
  • European Capital of Culture in 2004, along with Lille, France
  • Home of ‘pesto

Stories and Legends (soft facts)

Janus or Giano Bifroonte, Roman god with two faces
Janus bifrons or Giano bifronte, the dual-faced Roman god of ports and doorways, beginnings and endings, gives his name to the month January and was adopted as a symbol of Genoa in the Middle Ages.
Jeans are, by many accounts, originally from Genoa (Genes in French). A heavy twilled fabric used for work clothes, there are accounts of the fabric from Genoa spreading through North Europe in the 17th century.
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Marco Polo dictated the memoirs of his travels in Asia while imprisoned (as a suspected spy for Venice) in Genoa's Palazzo San Giorgio at the end of the 13th century.

Ordered and not....

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Renaissance palaces on Via Garibaldi (Nathalie Guedes & Christine Alvarez, FIU-Genoa 2006)
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View from student apartment in medieval street Via Luccoli (Anna Miorelli, FIU-Genoa 2013)
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Panorama of Genoa from Spianata di Castelletto (Nicolle Urbano, FIU-Genoa 2012)


Genoa is the capital of the region of Liguria, and is approximately two hours from Milan and Turin by train, and 3-4 hours from Florence and Nice, France.

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