One of ancient Rome’s triumphal arches, but this one is on the edge of Piazza della Vittoria in Genoa.
Things to do
Genoa’s centre is lively, easily walkable and loaded with 16thC and 17thC Palazzi (small palaces), chic shops, elegant people, magnificent avenues, tiny winding medieval streets, bizarre little details and of course gorgeous churches, particularly in the well-preserved old town.
The Cathedral of San Lorenzo is in pole position for the sights race with an awesome mixed marble and slate facade (best seen in the afternoon), stunning sculptures and a fantastic treasury, closely followed by the neighbouring Gesu church with more marble, frescos and two huge, unusual paintings by Rubens.
The Porto Antico (waterfront) offers plenty of action, with shows, swimming, aquarium, kids play area, bars and restaurants.
Palazzo Ducale, the Palace of the Doges, built around 1270, just off Piazza de Ferrari in Genoa’s centre, with world-class exhibitions.
The Porto Antico area bordering the old town is not an aesthetic success, with its clumping elevated highway, bald piazza, uncoordinated Bigo thing and tired plastic box-set of an Aquarium, while some areas are still sleazy despite a major clean up around the turn of the millennium and there is no shortage of down-and-outs looking for a hand-out.
A strange and wonderful medallion – part of a set – on Via Garibaldi.
Via San Luca, one of many tall, dark alleys in Genoa’s old town.
Not everything is old and gorgeous in Genoa, old and ratty happens too.