Such is Genoa (from the Latin Ianua), a portal between land and sea. A crossroads of cultures and people since ancient times, Genoa has always been a land that lives and breathes the sea air. Its history speaks grandly of this magnificent city, displaying its richness and beauty in every corner of the old town. The narrow and characteristic “Caruggi” snake between the tall buildings along the medieval street plan, apparently inhomogeneous yet well-defined by the main streets that meander towards both the sea and the inland.
Beautiful buildings, gorgeous churches, façades decorated by stuccoes and frescoes, invaluable art collections – all bring the “Century of the Genovesi” to mind, the most important moment in the city’s cultural development.
A walk through the streets, squares and alleys of Genoa is a constant surprise. Behind every corner is a treasure waiting to be discovered.
The hinterland tells its story through this prodigious work of Man.
A sequence of varying landscapes rapidly transition from sheer cliffs to smooth hills that eventually rise toward the sky in the Apennine and Alpine ranges. A wild nature that only the determination and love of its people has managed to tame, finding the right balance between environmental conservation and the needs of the people. Terraced olive groves and vineyards break up the thick inland vegetation, with vast expanses of chestnuts bordering green valleys and fields.
An especially mild climate, an impervious terrain and the passion of the people of Genoa: these are the three key elements, ingredients for the excellent local products that distinguish this land (above all – the extra virgin olive oil). Steep and rocky, interspersed with graceful coves and bays, covered with pines, Holm oak, palm trees and agave, painted with a rainbow of flowers, caressed by a sea that absorbs its magic, dotted with picturesque villages to brighten up a landscape so gorgeous it seems unreal. A land of contrasts that are so harmoniously linked to one another, the coast of Genoa is a marvel with which few places in the world can compete.
San Giorgio Palace
The San Giorgio Palace is where the Port Authority headquarter of Genoa is located.
The palace was built in 1260 by Guglielmo Boccanegra, the first Doge of Genoa. For the construction of the new palace, materials were used from the demolition of the Venetian embassy in Constantinople, having been obtained from Byzantine Emperor Michael VIII as a reward for Genoese aid against the Latin Empire. Stone lions, the emblem of Venice’s patron St Mark were displayed as trophies on the facade by her bitter rival, the Republic of Genoa. The palace was intended — through the creation of a civil-political center — to separate and elevate the temporal power of the Republic’s government from the religious power of the clergy, centered on the Cathedral of San Lorenzo.
In 1262, Guglielmo Boccanegra was deposed and forced into exile. The palace was used for a time as a prison; Marco Polo was its most famous resident and it was there that he dictated his memoirs to Rustichello of Pisa.
In the 15th century, the palace became home to the Bank of Saint George.
Fondazione E. Garrone
Ambrogio Di Negro Palace is located in San Luca street, 2 in the “Mercato dei Banchi” area, in the historic center of Genoa. Since July 13, 2006 the Palace is included in the list of the 42 palaces enrolled in Palazzi dei Rolli, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Built between 1569 and 1572 by Ambrogio di Negro, elected Doge of Genoa in the years 1585 to 1587, the palace is included on the Rubens. Present in all the rolls, it reaches its peak at the beginning of the seventeenth century when he took over Orazio, son and heir of Ambrose.
Built next to the “Loggia of the Merchants”, it shows two the main facades in a frescoed quadrature: Piazza Banchi, reordered in those years (between 1590 and 1596), and on carrubeous rectus (now Via San Luca) where the entry is located.
The Palace remained of the Di Negro family for over two hundred years as home of the major commercial activities.
The Palace currently houses the Fondazione Edoardo Garrone.
Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport provides several daily flights from the major European Cities such as Rome, Munich, London, Brussels and Paris. It is situated at Sestri Ponente, around 6 km from the city centre and is well connected to Genoa by train and bus line “AMT 100 Volabus” which departs every 30 mins. and bring passengers to the City Centre. The bus makes three stops in the city towards the two main railways stations: Genova Piazza Principe and Genova Brignole and also towards De Ferrari Square. The transfer takes 25 mins. and the ticket costs 6.00 euro.
You could also expect to arrive by plane to Milan (Malpensa and Linate International Airport) or also take flights to Pisa or Nice (France).
We could provide direct bus transfer from Milan to Genoa. There is also a service of bus transfer from Nice to Genoa and if You decide to fly to Pisa, You could arrive in Genoa by train. From Pisa Airport You could join the railway station using the innovative «Pisa Mover» which take You to Pisa Centrale Station in 8 minutes. From this station You could take a train direct to Genoa.