Discovering our world: Genoa, Italy

“Lying at the bottom of his gulf with the careless majesty of a queen … Genoa comes, so to speak, to meet the traveler” (A. Dumas, 1841).

Hello my dear readers,

I hope you are having a great week so far ๐Ÿ™‚

As mentioned in my previous post, today I’ll take you to Liguria, to Genoa more precisely,ย the city where pesto alla genovese was borne.

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Genoa, the capital of Liguria, called also La Superba, being located on the Gulf of Genoa, fronting the Ligurian Sea, is currently the busiest and important port on the Mediterranean Sea.

Even though is the sixth-largest city in Italy, Genoa is not crowded with tourists giving you the opportunity to enjoy the rich cultural history in art, music and cuisine.

The history of Genoa is linked to the navy and commerce and has been called “La Superba” and “La Dominante”. Its cultural richness in terms of history, art, literature, music and cuisine, allowed it to become the European Capital of Culture in 2004, while in 2006 the Strade Nuove and the Rolli Palaces System were declared patrimony of humanity by UNESCO.

If you are an art lover, this is the place for you. Genoa has a lot of museums where you can find works by Caravaggio, Van Dyck Rubens, Durer and Veronese and the city’s finest collection of old masters, and the best thing is that are not crowded.

In Genoaโ€™s old port you can visit the largestย aquarium in Europe, a Biosphere with a botanical gardenย and the Bigo Crane, an iconic symbol for the new-old port, that its lift takes you upย 40 meters to enjoy sweeping views of the city.

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Palazzo Bianco, Palazzo Rossoย and Palazzo Reale are only a few from more than 100 palazzi that attest to the might and power of the Republic of Genoaโ€™s ruling class during the 16th and 17th centuries. Most of these glittery showcases were built along what were called Le Strade Nuove or New Streets, to demonstrate the wealth of the city’s prominent and aristocratic families, but also to serve as lodging for visiting dignitaries and notables.

And as a city by the sea, you cannot missย the lighthouse of Genoa or simple called “la Lanterna”, that has always been the symbol of Genoa. 77 meters high, the historic tower stands on the remains of a 40-meter hill and is located about 177 meters above sea level. The first construction dates back to 1128, but its history fades into legend and is closely linked to the history of the port because the Lanterna has always been the reference point for ships in transit in the Gulf of Genoa.
The current construction dates back to 1543 and since then it has overcome conflicts and natural disasters standing in the Genoa sky and as the highest lighthouse in the Mediterranean and one of the oldest among those still active. I don’t know why, but I’ve always been fascinated by the lighthouses.

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Another testimony of Genoa’s link with the sea is Galata, Museo del Mare, the largest maritime museum in the Mediterranean dedicated to the history of navigation. Through the reproduction and display of boats of all sizes and types, nautical instruments and charts, multimedia and interactive workstations, the museum offers the visitor a real journey through time allowing him to identify himself with the lives of sailors, passengers and migrants. How can you miss this interesting and engaging museum, especially in the city that gave birth to Christopher Columbus, the greatest navigator of all time?!

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Genoaโ€™s medieval core, filled with a twisting maze ofย caruggi, that are narrow cobblestoned streets, offers a range of architectural styles,ย amazing artisan shops and historic eateries where you can indulge in the exquisite foods from breakfast to dinner and on top of all, it overlooks the sea.ย 

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Genoa has an excellent tourist accommodation with over 500 hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs and apartments. It is not difficult to find a suitable accommodation for everyone’s pockets.

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Another great thing of Genoa is that with any temperature and in every occasion, it always manages to offer various possibilities. You have a free weekend and you want to plan a getaway? You can visit Genoa, no matter the season we are in.

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One of the reasons to visit Genoa is its genuine and traditional cuisine,ย with very ancient origins, a 360ยฐ menu, in which sea ingredients from the coast meet vegetables and meat from the inland.

Genoa has some of the tastiest foods in Italy, fromย pesto, the great classic, now known and imitated all over the world, pesto is the symbol of Genoese and Italian cuisine; the streets of the city are constantly inebriated by the freshly baked focaccia;ย pansoti con sugo alle noci, one of the most characteristic and tasty first course originating from the eastern Liguria, which is a stuffed pasta usually with chard, eggs and ricotta, topped with walnut sauce; Stoccafisso, a fish stew made in numerous ways, but the one that makes theย stoccafisso more appetizing while preserving its purity is called “buridda” which is boiled and seasoned with potatoes, cherry tomatoes, taggiasche olives, pine nuts, salted capers, parsley, onion and oil, an explosion of taste in this great classic of the Ligurian capital; Cappon magro, aย pyramid covered with green sauce that has inside toasted bread rubbed with oil, garlic, vinegar and salt, fish, hard-boiled eggs, boiled vegetables, artichokes, tuna, shrimp, capers and olives, a very good looking dish and delicious; Pandolce, is the sweet of the Genoese Christmas tradition, that it is even said to have been the protagonist of a propitiatory rite of health, fortune and money for the new year for centuries.

Ok, now, with all these delicious foods, I’m really hungry, and you?

Join me next time and enjoy a good pasta with pesto alla genovese.

Thank you all for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Beautiful Photos๐Ÿ˜ Hey i dont see gaps between the buildings, practically how people commute ๐Ÿค” window to window ๐Ÿ˜‰… Ha ha.. Jus kidding.๐Ÿ˜‚. Genoa is really big and beautiful with lovely foods.โœจ๐Ÿ‘

    1. Hey Simon, true, the gap between the buildings is very narrow, and they call it caruggi, which means narrow alley ๐Ÿ˜‰ Let’s say they like to stay in touch ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful day ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

      1. Hey Ribanna, Thanks for the time โœจ๐Ÿค— Thanks for sharing the new word Caruggi๐Ÿ˜‰ yes mayb dey designed in such fashion to stay in touch all the timeโœจ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Have a great dayโœจ๐Ÿค—โœ๏ธ

  2. Wow! The beautiful antique scenery, the assorted mouth watering dishes, the peace and serenity of Genoa has won my heart and would definitely merit my visit one day some day when I can afford it. Rest assured this is now on my list of life goals. Truly amazing!!
    Great thanks for sharing, Ribana. Enjoy the best of the rest of a pleasant week.

    1. Thank you very much! Indeed, you have described it very well ๐Ÿ˜Š There is something for everyone in this city ๐Ÿ˜Š Who likes the history, the architecture, the art, the tranquility of the sea or simply enjoying good food, can find everything ๐Ÿ˜Š
      I’m glad you like it ๐Ÿ˜Š I wish you one day to be able to visit it ๐Ÿ˜Š And I hope one day, I’ll be able too ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Thank you for reading! Have a wonderful week ahead!

    1. I’m glad you like it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you will see it soon ๐Ÿ˜‰ Definitely a very interesting city to visit! Thank you very much for stopping by and have a wonderful day! ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ

  3. โ€œsuberbaโ€ it says it all I guess ๐Ÿ˜Š beautiful place! In the beautiful Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
    What a great history and interesting information especially the Museo del mare ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Best thing is that not too much tourists haha despite is the sixth largest city wow!!
    Tastiest food in Italy๐Ÿ˜‹okay Genoa is on my list definitely ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ look at all this delicious food ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ
    A place for all seasons is a great place indeed ๐Ÿ‘
    Lovely place and interesting information as usually dear Riby, you are our guide to the all beautiful places in the world, Grazie Mille ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

    1. Il piacere รจ sempre mio cara Huguette ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿค—
      Glad you like it! I’m sure is a city that has a lot to offer and especially that is not so crowded, can really enjoy it ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Great history, wonderful art and delicious food and wines, do we need something else? ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜‰
      Thank you very much dear Huguette for your time spent in reading my post! I do appreciate it a lot as I guess I’m writing only for you nowadays ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค— beautiful language
        Let me step in Italy and I will shred my passport ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ of course I donโ€™t need anything else ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
        And I know what you mean because only few really read and I read once that sometimes you only write for one person and now you said so and the article was right, so keep writing these very special and amazing posts and more readers will come ๐Ÿ˜Š
        Maybe some people donโ€™t really know how to express except these few words despite reading the post very well ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”(great post , beautiful, well written ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”)
        Or maybe not ๐Ÿ˜‚ I donโ€™t know but donโ€™t like these comments ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž
        Some people come and go, good readers but eventually they leave, hope I wonโ€™t be one of them ๐Ÿ™„
        Have a great Saturday and enjoy ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿงธ๐Ÿงธ๐Ÿงธ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿฅ‚

      2. Beautiful indeed ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
        What are you waiting for? ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช
        Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ll like it! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—
        I donโ€™t give up so easily, especially because I also like it ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ I just need to find the way to organize my time better ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
        Yes, maybe some donโ€™t know how to express themselves, just like me ๐Ÿ˜, or some doesnโ€™t have anything to say even if they read…I hope youโ€™ll not be one of them, as Iโ€™ll lose my 99.99% of audience ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜
        Have a wonderful Sunday my dear ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿงธ๐Ÿงธ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿฅ‚๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ

      3. Well Iโ€™m waiting to learn Spanish first, my brother is coming in September with his wife that only speaks Spanish and on Christmas my other brother with my niece that only speaks Spanish also, so I need to find a way ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„ I started alone but Iโ€™m procrastinating especially after the blog, itโ€™s taking my entire time
        But I can sing Vivo Per Lei is that counts?? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
        Oh your comments are the best!! You express yourself perfectly ๐Ÿ‘Œ if you were near I would have hit you and cursed you as well ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ I do that to my friends all the time hahah
        Oh my 99.99% ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ Iโ€™m humbled actually ๐Ÿค— I believe you have many readers and Iโ€™m just a small part of them ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
        Enjoy your day as well ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿงธ๐Ÿงธ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿฅ‚

      4. Spanish is very similar to Italian, so when you’ll master Spanish, you’ll be mastering actually 2 new languages ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—
        Lucky you ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‰
        Oh yes, definitely, Vivo per lei counts and a lot ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
        Not sure about your ability of singing though ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ
        I thank you always for your support dear Huguette! Don’t curse me please ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿงธ
        Yep, 99.99% without any exaggeration ๐Ÿคช
        Enjoy your free days my dear ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿงธ๐Ÿงธ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ

      5. Yes I know so I might leave blogging to focus a bit on Spanish ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š Iโ€™m not being able to focus or find time
        ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’• I have a lousy voice! Andres Bocceli will commit suicide if he ever heard me๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
        Will postpone the cursing ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“
        Always a great pleasure and you too enjoy ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿงธ๐Ÿงธ๐Ÿงธ๐Ÿงธ

      6. Maybe while you study it you can share it with us so we learn all together ๐Ÿ˜‰
        Thank you for postponing the cursing ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช
        Don’t sing ๐ŸŽค๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช
        I hope you are enjoying the day with the family ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿงธ๐Ÿงธ๐Ÿงธ

      7. Hahah okay I hope wonโ€™t humiliate myself in front of native speakers here ๐Ÿ˜‚
        I will sing just to tease you ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“
        Yes part with the family and now in the car going to see my friend living near here ๐Ÿ˜

      8. No, I think would be fun ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
        Just to tease me? Oh ok, I know, I know you are a naughty girl…๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
        Hope you had a good time ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿงธ๐Ÿงธ

      9. ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“

  4. At school, during Italian, we learn about different places but never in such detail! I found myself fascinated by this beautiful place! Excellent post ๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. Iโ€™m glad you like it ๐Ÿ˜Š yes, I guess at school thereโ€™s not enough time for all these beautiful places ๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you very much for reading and for your kind words! ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ˜Š

      1. Thank you so much! Padua… isn’t it the place where Portia said she was from, in the court? Wow! I would love to know more about the place! <3

  5. Genoa, is indeed beautiful, l went many years ago as a young man, l should imagine much has changed – another great post and some excellent imagery Ribana – nicely done ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I’m definitely putting this beautiful Italian town on my travel wishlist. It’s been years since our last trip to Italy and I would love to indulge in an authentic pasta dish accompanied by beautiful coastal scenery

    1. I’m really glad you like it! If you are not a fan of crowded places, I guess you will love Genoa! It has so many beautiful things to see and taste delicious foods with amazing views ๐Ÿ™‚

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