How funny is the trompe l'oeil on the façade of this building? The windows are authentic, but their balconies and all the other architectural elements are... painted! I like this technique very much!
You will see this building at the beginning of via Balbi, if you come from the Piazza Principe railway station.
Fondest memory: In some minds, Genoa has the disctinction of being an industrial city with little to offer the traveler. In fact Genoa is a very old city with a glorious past and is increasingly looking to the future. Besides reclaiming it's glorious historical center, Genova has also spruced itself up nicely having been recently Europe's city of culture and the site of no-global battles.
Commenda di San Giovanni di Prè
Half way between the train station and the Old harbour, guided by a confused Titti, I came across this interesting building. Our local informer says it dates back to about 1100 AD and it used to be a hostel, hospital and convent of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. I wished we could learn something of its hostory - sadly there was neither sign/name nor explanation on or near it.
Photo: detail of the loggia
This is were the Heads of State actually met.
This Palace is a famous meeting place and showroom, and it's been completely renewed and adjusted to host delegations of the 8 participant countries (USA, Canada, Russia, Japan, UK, Germany, France and obviously Italy) plus a delegation from the European Union.
The main hall 'Sala del Maggior Consiglio' just few days before the summit.
More about Palazzo Ducale in this Travelogue