About Dana B
Lives in Lake Garda, Italy
Since Feb 2015
35-49 year old female
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Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas
Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Observation Decks & Towers
Sacred & Religious Sites
Piers & Boardwalks
Speciality Museums, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lighthouses, Historic Sites
Historic Walking Areas
Historic Walking Areas
Kick off your trip in the buoyant and stimulating heart of the city. After years of abandonment and carelessness, Genoa's old quarter is once again the nucleus of the city, boasting a massive number of sites declared by UNESCO as part of World Heritage. It lies between the Carignano hill in the eastern part of the city and the train station of Porta Principe, just behind the port. Entrenched in the architecture and aesthetics of the timeworn passageways lies a charisma matched only by a few other Italian boroughs.
Genoa's most extravagant street, and historically the residential district of the Genoese aristocracy, Via Garibaldi is a timeless display of 16th century residences and mansions, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, open staircases, and patios dominating lavish gardens. Once named the 'golden street' and also 'strada nuova,' this 250-meter long avenue is also known by art lovers for being the most iconic museum artery in town.
A superb display of 114 palaces — of which 42 have been entered into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 2006 — this exquisite ensemble was built by the Genoese nobility and used to accommodate people of high rank visiting the city in the period of the Maritime Republic. There are many places of interest to visit such as Palazzo Doria Spinola and The Ducal Palace, both of which are splendid examples of noble architecture.
After all the art immersion of the first part of your day, you'll probably fancy some refreshments and a savory snack. In Genoa there is a first-rate bakery on almost every corner, and Fratelli Klainguti is an institution among these. We are very close to the old port area, once visited by crowds before boarding their ships, which is used today mainly for strolling and entertainment purposes. Nevertheless, among all the back and forth of the masses and ubiquitous colorful shops, it's almost impossible not to notice this place: massive, elegant windows, crystal chandeliers, and the charm of 1828 perpetuated generation after generation.
The bird-eye view over the elderly heart of 'La Superba' (Genoa was labeled as such by Petrarca) is yours to enjoy once up on the observation deck. Castelletto is a residential neighborhood located on the hills, which takes its name from a fort that dominated the center of the city until its demolition in the second half of the 19th century. Also known as the 'Belvedere Luigi Montaldo,' it boasts 360 degree views of the old port, the palaces of Via Garibaldi (the old Strada Nuova,) the promontory of Portofino in the east, up to the foothills of the Italian-French border of Ventimiglia.
The antique tradition of cooking with simple essences and natural aromas has not been forgotten for a single moment in beautiful Liguria. Just 20 meters away from the acclaimed Piazza de Ferrari, the Rosmarino specializes in seafood cuisine and offers traditional dishes presented in a fashionable and clear-cut manner. One of the rooms has an open kitchen, while the precise and discreet staff describes the dishes and offers suggestions and advice.
Alternating black and white layers and two friendly lions emerging from the sides will let you know that you have arrived in front of Genoa's Cathedral, located in San Lorenzo square. A quick analysis will reveal a conglomerate of different styles — the fanciful Gothic carvings will thrill you, while the 14th century frescoes in the Byzantine style from inside the church will intrigue you. Moreover, parts of the original building dating back to the 12th century blend with newfangled 20th century cement chunks. The Museum of the Treasury lies in the underground rooms of the cathedral and displays various religious objects, among which the supposedly Holy Grail used by Christ Himself during the Last Supper.
As a tourist in today's Genoa's Porto Antico, you are just spoiled for choice. In 1992, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Columbus's discovery of America, and with the help of the brilliant mind of the world-renowned Genoese architect Renzo Piano (also responsible for Paris' Pompidou Center,) the old port of Genoa was born afresh. The tourism renaissance that followed is rightfully justified, as the old port hosts a considerable number of attractions in Genoa today.
Conveniently situated in the very touristy area of the old port of Genoa, the aquarium was inaugurated in 1992 and has since become the town's leading attraction. Italy's biggest aquatic museum and the second largest in Europe invites you to dive into (not literally!) 70 different eco-systems, and stand in awe in front of sharks, jellyfish, seals, penguins, dolphins, piranha, turtles, and many more.
The venerable dignified lady stands in the heart of Genoa's harbor. A conspicuous sea-mark since it was rebuilt in 1543, Genoa's lighthouse is almost 120 meters above sea level and relishes the title of 'the city's symbol.' In ancient times, apart from its purpose of signaling the position of the port to incoming ships, it also served as a defensive fortress outside the city walls.
Built between 1909 and 1915, the 2200 meter long Corso Italia is one of the main roads in Genoa, connecting the neighborhoods of La Foce and Boccadasse. The palm tree lined promenade is loved by the Genoese people and you will see lots of them here, jogging, roller skating, or just enjoying an undisturbed walk. You can start your trip at the Punta Vagno lighthouse in the district of La Foce and end it in the dazzling old mariners' neighborhood of Boccadasse.
You will arrive in the narrow bay of Boccadasse by walking the distance of Corso Italia from the center. The small bay, in which anchored fishing boats dominate the scene in front of pastel little houses squeezed into one another, is a well-known village where the Genoese and tourists flock to savor the quietness and poetry of a space forgotten by time, in the middle of the modern city.
Genoa is sea and mountains, highs and lows, exactly like its cuisine. A meal in the Santa Chiara restaurant is a celebration of the culture and lifestyle of the Italian Riviera, where fish occupies an honored place. The setting is comfortable and exclusive, perfect for an elegant dinner in front of an arresting vista of the sea, the beach, and the village of Boccadasse .
There is a place in Genoa where my pores shimmer under a wavering light, where my thoughts drift to and fro above the sea currents, as I give my feet a rest and face the inexhaustible horizon. This place is a two kilometer long promenade overlooking the sea, precisely between the Parks of Nervi and the sea, situated in the residential district of Genoa Nervi — heading East from the center of Genoa. The utterly romantic walkway was built taking advantage of the paths along the coast already used by fishermen and farmers, and is endowed with the powerful quality of giving you goosebumps.
Genoa is, in many of its parts, a quest of verticality. The best way to counter this and to get from the busy core of the city to a blissfully placid paradise 300 meters above sea level, is the cable car Zecca - Righi. It connects the Largo della Zecca, a square in the heart of the historical center, very close to Via Garibaldi and the museums in Strada Nuova, to the hilly district of Righi. There is only one binary that splits up halfway through, more precisely in the station of St. Nicholas, only to allow the simultaneous passage of the ascending cabin and the descending one.
Ernest Hemingway described this open-air museum as 'one of the wonders of the world' after walking along its monumental arcades. Reputed to be one of the most important cemeteries in Europe, the burial ground is located in the Val Bisagno, a district of Genoa close to the mountains just behind the city. There are beautiful examples of various architectural styles (Gothic, Art Nouveau, Byzantine, neo-classical,) monuments with which the Genoese bourgeoisie of the 1800s flaunted their wealth by honoring their dead at the same time. In addition to the Christian cemetery, the graveyard also houses an English cemetery, a Jewish one, and a Protestant one.
Whether you are looking for the ultimate food-shopping-experience, a delicious lunch break menu, a sumptuous dinner, or just a snack, this should be your next stop in Genoa. A food boutique with a wide variety of excellent local products that are likely to transform your Italian trip into an exquisite gastronomical experience. Eataly is a sophisticated supermarket, marketplace, and modish restaurant with an atmosphere that is both elegant and relaxed.