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What to do and see in Genoa

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Defined by Petrarch “Lady of the Sea”, that of Genoa is one of the main international ports. Thanks to a major restructuring of the entire area entrusted to the great architect Renzo Piano it was realized the “Bubble”, located near the famous aquarium. The Lighthouse Tower, better known as the Lantern, built for military purposes today is the symbol of Genova and is 76 meters high. In its historic center you can see the typical architecture of fishing villages with its narrow alleys called “carruggi” and its long stairways. In the district of New Roads (a UNESCO site since 2006), there are the palaces of the “Rolli”: among these, Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Doria Tursi, form a set of museums of extraordinary interest, full of works by Caravaggio, Veronese, Guercino Van Dyck, Canova. Even the Royal Palace, is full of frescoes, sculptures, paintings and stucco. Today houses the National Gallery which, through a series of 23 rooms, displays works by Luca Giordano, Veronese, Tintoretto, Guercino and Van Dyck. Among the religious architecture you can admire the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, with a magnificent facade decorated with black and white horizontal lines, and the interior, divided into three naves that preserve valuable paintings and sculptures. The same two-tone decor is on the façade of St. Augustine, former church now home of the Museum of St. Augustine with a rich collection that chronicles the relationship of Genova with art from the tenth to the eighteenth century. Nervi, wealthy residential district, is a favorite place of the aristocracy in the nineteenth century; rich in art and history, is nestled in a scenic stretch of coast, from which you see the Gulf of Tigullio. Gardens and wildflower meadows characterize the elegant villas of Nervi, hosting famous museums such as the Gallery of Modern Art. In the rest of the province in Pegli, you can visit Villa Doria, home of the Naval Museum; Villa Durazzo Pallavicini that houses the Botanical Garden and the Civic Museum of Archaeology Ligure. Typical buildings clinging to the rock, with facades painted in pastel colors we find them along the coast of Tigullio, string from Portofino, Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure and Sestri Levante.

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