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Top 10 places in Genoa

Our app features the history of 31 monuments and great sites including places to discover Genoa. Here is a selection of the top 10 monuments of the city, with an extract of the texts available in the application and written by our teams of specialists. For full content, download our Android and iPhone Guide and start creating your travel journal for your stay at Genoa

Visit Chiesa di Santa Maria di Castello

Chiesa di Santa Maria di Castello

The facade is very sober with openings on two levels and no decoration. The interior contains 3 naves separated by Roman columns supporting Romanesque arches and a faux tribune. The 10 lateral chapels and the two frontal chapels date from the 15th and 16th centuries. ; The central apse and the... Read more

Visit Piazza De Ferrari

Piazza De Ferrari

The square of Ferrari is the main square of Genoa; It was born from the junction of two neighboring squares, which explains the differences in styles between its buildings. Part of the square was obtained in the 20th century. By smoothing the San Andrea hill; Four large palaces of eclectic sty... Read more

Visit Palazzo Ducale: history

Palazzo Ducale: history

In 1097, Bishop Arialdo founded the "Compagna Communis", a sort of republic led by Consuls or Captains of the People. They were elected by a Parliament comprising all citizens between 16 and 70 years of age; They were also obliged to equip themselves to eventually go to war.... Read more

Visit Via Garibaldi

Via Garibaldi

She was born around 1550 of a project of the very rich Grimaldi family: it was to transform a malfamous zone into a residential district for the richest families who, before, lived in districts of medieval structure. The construction of the great palaces lasted 40 years. The city commissioned... Read more

Visit The Lanterna

The Lanterna

A first tower was built in 1128, which served both as a lighthouse (lit fires) and as a watchtower from where the boats could be seen approaching. Subsequently, it was damaged by the struggles between Guelphs and Ghibellines and by the fighting against the French invaders. The current tower dates... Read more

Visit Via Balbi

Via Balbi

It connects Piazza della Nunziata, the headquarters of the Basilica Santissima Annunziata del Vastato, in the piazza Acquaverde, adjacent to the Genoa-Piazza-Principe railway station. It was built between 1601 and 1618 by Bartolomeo Bianco on the instructions of the very rich banker Stefano Balbi.... Read more

Visit Palazzo Reale

Palazzo Reale

The first phase of its construction took place between 1618 and 1620 on the initiative of Stefano and Gio Francesco Balbi, who had already started the construction of other palaces. The main phase of the building took place between 1643 and 1655 under the direction of Francesco Maria Balbi, with... Read more

Visit Villa del Principe

Villa del Principe

It was built around 1530 in the town of Fassolo, then outside the walls of the city, for Prince Admiral Andrea Doria, Condottiere, Censor for Life and Father of the Nation. He has always lived there and even received sovereigns like Charles V and ambassadors who visited Andrea before even... Read more

Visit Porto antico di Genova

Porto antico di Genova

The old harbor, long unused, has become an important tourist hub of the city; Numerous events are organized there. Its restoration was completed in 1992 by Renzo Piano, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus. There are many interesting buildings.... Read more

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