Are you a traveller planning to come to Genoa? Well, the list below could be interesting to be read. Here are 5 curiosities I think you should know when you wander in the town where we live.

1. Votive Aedicules

Genoa historical center is scattered of votive tabernacles. When you visit the medieval center walk with your nose up and you’ll be surprised to see how many votive aedicule you’ll find. Since medieval times, Genoese people have been fond of protecting their homes and their work with sacred images placed in tabernacles or niches.

Genoa has more than 300 aedicule and some of them were also commissioned to famous artists by the rich Genoese families. They are true works of art set like small gems in the corner of old palaces of the “Superba” town.

Genoa votive aedicules

Genoa votive aedicules

2. Private Palaces

One of the most fascinating secrets of Genoa alleys is the completely unexpected beauty you can find by walking just through the threshold of many private palaces.

Wandering among Genoa alleys can’t be superficial. You need to go deeper to get the real essence of this town. This is what we always suggest to our guests coming to visit Genoa.

Many times when you enter the old palaces, you are catapulted into amazing courtyards, spectacular stairways, fountains, terraced gardens or noble halls painted by famous international artists who were invited by the noble Genoese families to decorate their palaces.

You can already notice the beauty of some private palaces from the door entrances or from the frescos which decorate the facades of the buildings.

Entering Genoa palaces

Entering Genoa palaces

3. Genoa has the largest historic center in Europe

The city is at least 2,000 years old, and it boasts the largest, continuously occupied historic center in all of Europe. Here you find magnificent monuments, churches and buildings which make it one of the main Italian cities of art. In 2006, one part of Genoa historic centre was included in the UNESCO World Heritage. In 2004, it was the European Capital of Culture.

What is worth seeing here is 4. Genoa needs time to be really discovered

It is not a city that opens itself willingly to those passing through in a hurry heading for other faraway destinations. It is a city that seduces you and then only little by little allows you to see its magic soul.

It is a city of dark and narrow medieval alleys and gray stones. It is also a city of magnificent palaces, churches and the perfect starting point to visit the two Liguria Riviera. Genoa is a city of contrasts and contradictions. A city of unexpected beauty!

The historical center of Genoa [ph. credits annacovone]

The historical center of Genoa [ph. credits annacovone]

5. The strada nuova and Palazzi dei Rolli in Genoa

As I told before, Genoa was inserted onto the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2006. The Site included are the “Strade Nuove”, where stand the magnificent “Palazzi dei Rolli,” a series of noble palaces in the Renaissance and Baroque styles, built between the 16th and 18th Centuries.

Walking in the Strada Nuova or Via Garibaldi you can get a good sense of the wealth that was concentrated in the hands of the privileged in Genoa.

The Rolli palaces were residences built by the most powerful aristocratic families of Genoa Republic at the height of its financial and seafaring power.

The rolli buildings were used to accomodate important people coming to Genoa from abroad, such as state representants. Among them, the most famous are Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco, Palazzo Doria-Tursi, which is now the city-hall, Palazzo della Meridiana.

Genoa Via Garibaldi

Genoa Via Garibaldi

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