Colorful murals on a building
Palazzo San Giorgio, mural-covered building, once a prison, allegedly held Marco Polo.

Inspiring Destinations – Genoa, Italy

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Genoa, Italy

Genoa (Genova) is a port city and the capital of northwest Italy’s Liguria region.

Over the centuries it has played a major role in maritime trade and the famous explorer Christopher Columbus called Genoa home.

For a walking guide to the city, check out our Self-Guided City Walk of Genoa.

A submarine near a maritime museum
The Submarine Nazario Sauro can be visited with a ticket to the Maritime Museum

As well as the Old Port with its wealth of history and charm, there is so much more to discover in Genoa.

Via Giuseppe Garibaldi is the most famous street in Genoa. It is well known for its ancient palaces. It is one of the Strade Nuove (Italian for “new streets”) built by the Genoese aristocracy during the Renaissance.

A street lined with large buildings
Via Giuseppe Garibaldi is a street laden with opulent buildings

Piazza de Ferrari fountain is the main attraction of Genoa’s main square. The piazza is surrounded by some impressive buildings including Palazzo Ducale a 13th-century mansion with an inner square.

An ornate brass fountain in a plaza
The bronze fountain from the 1930’s is the star attraction of Piazza De Ferrari

Genoa Cathedral (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo) is a medieval church built in the 12th-century known for its black-and-white-striped façade. In 1941 a shell was fired into it from a British warship, it failed to detonate, and the shell is now on display in the church.

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Cattedrale di San Lorenzo

The Romanesque cathedral stands in the Old Town is also known for its frescoed interior and unique holy relics.

As you wander, you will also see signs of the city’s most famous son Christopher Columbus.’

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Statue of Christopher Columbus in Piazza Acquaverde near the main train station

To read more about Genoa and other Italian locations check out 20 Must-See Destinations in Italy.