Italy is home of vespa, sort of motorcycle designed exclusevely for city driving. It is very popular among young people, especially among students. Central parts of Italian cities were built mainly in the Middle Ages and as such are highly inappropriate for the flow of a larger number of vehicles. Anyone who has visited Italy could noticed a huge traffic jams in the city areas. It is why vespa is the most suitable means of transport inside the city areas.
Palazzi dei Rolli
The Republic of Genoa had important role between 16th and 17th century, it was one of the most powerful state in the Mediterraneans. The city of Genoa was a center of traffics, courts and embassies and had many very important visitors of highest levels.
The city administrators established one rule which was very specific. In order to host state visitors the owners of fine looking palaces and buildings were obliged to give hospitality. This happened through lists, so-called "Palazzi dei rolli", subdivided in levels for categories and quality. List had extraordinary variety of different solutions in according to the particular characteristics of the site and to the requirements of a specific social and economic organization.
Capire il dialetto Genovese..., non e mica facile
I am very proud on my Italian, which I speak very good, but sometimes it's almost useless. Certain local dialects of Italy, and Genovese is among them, cannot be understand unless one is spending a few days in the place and talking intensively with the local people.
I cannot express how big my surprise was when a local guy told me wolcome to "Zena". My next question was, do you speak Croatian? He said no, why you ask? Zena in Croatian is word for the woman, I replied. He started to laugh telling me that Zena is local name for Genova.
Too bad I didnt have more times for exploring Genovese, but next time I will do it for sure.
All I can say is, my compliments to the city authorities of Genova who really do care for their town. The kiosks aren't that uniformed, except for the dark green colour over its construction, there excist variety in accordance with the activity. This fine example should be followed in other cities too.
Paint the house and make it different - Sotoripa
This goes along with my previous review, need just a bit of phantasy in order to make two of the same styled building looking differently. If am watching the new quarters of the towns, those built from the mid of 20th century onwards, the only impression I get is, gosh are this all the military barraks?
Adorned house's walls and corners
When strolling inside the new built quarters of the towns, no matter if Genoa, Nairobi, Madrid, Berlin.... etc, all we see are naked walls of impersonal houses wich all look alike. Nameless places with no heart, no soul and deprived of any charm at all. But it goes for the residential city areas too, new built villas or houses are different, in between each other, in sizes or colours only. If suppose one put today the mark or symbol on his house indicating what is his profession or expressing gratitude for something, would be considered most probably as a queer person.
I love that competitive charm which people used to have in the passed times, in order to show that their house could be different from the others. Need just a small adorning element on the facade or decorative doorway, or imaginative way of painting the facade.
ENJOY A CUP OF COFFEE!
Coffee, and in Genoa, and anywhere in Italy, expect it to be strong! Too strong for me, so I ask for half strength, or some hot water, you may need to remember this.
Walking is the way to go in Genoa, and after a while, we needed a "caffeine" break to replenish the energy, and to rest our feet!
We came across this shop in one of the narrow lanes. We couldn't believe the choices of Coffee's, and I can tell you, they looked pretty good! We weren't adventerous, still sticking to what we knew and liked. If you miss this shop, then I can tell you we saw others in the old town with the same range of coffee's.Related to:
- Food and Dining
Dalla terra alla tavola
"Dalla terra alla tavola", mmmm, it sounds so good among all those GMO, Mcdolanlds, fast this and that food. I can't imagine how could "Mcmerda" food be enjoyable to anybody. Who was that Mcdonalds, did he ever tasted any slow food in his life? But let them die in their ignorance, this small review is concerning only to those who knows what real Mediterranean food is.
I was so glad when came to Piazza Matteotti, there was modest in quantity but rich in offerings kind of artigianato fair, mamma che delizie!
It seems that local Genovese people love to read alot, have noticed many book shops and stands around. People do stop checking the books with attention and it doesn't give impression they do it for fun or passing time by. They do buy the books here.
Il Bigo is cylindrical cabin (a part of EXPO construction) lifted on a crane up to 200 metres and giving splendid views over the city and the Porto Antico. Unfortunatelly I haven't experienced it because of shortage of time. It could took me more then one hour of time and I had only three hours on my dispousal for expliring Genova.
The elevator cost 3,5€, which is less then you will pay espresso at Portofino.
Salita di Santa Brigida
Since Genoa lies on the hills, many of its streets are actually "slopes": this is the case of Saint Brigid slope.
The archivolt you see in the photo has an aedicule with the statue of this Saint. The archivolt was part of Saint Brigid's church, sacked in 1797 and demolished in 1850.Related to:
Monument to Christopher Columbus
This monument located few metres far from the entrance/exit of the Piazza Principe railway station commemorates Genova's most known citizen: Cristoforo Colombo (I know that other cities and countries claim he wasn't born in Genova, but we Italians don't believe them...).
A nationwide competition was held in 1845 to build a monument to Columbus. Michele Canzio was the author of the winning project, of whose construction eight sculpturs were charged.
The first stone was laid on 27 September 1846, but the monument wasn't inaugurated before 1862.
The main statue was to be sculptured by Lorenzo Bartolini, who was replaced after his death in 1850.
The four characters at the vertices of the statue represent Navigation, Religion, Prudence and Force.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
Salone Nautico di Genova
Genoa is still a sea power. It's port is one of the most important commercial ports of the Mediterranean sea. Another important activity related to the sea is Genoa's Salone Nautico, one of the biggest floating shows in the world that in 2008 celebrated with success its 48 birthday. Boats, motorboats, yatchs. . . . during one week, at the beginning of october, Genoa is blocked by sailing lovers and curious (it's very impressive to see!) and don't expect to find a room in a hotel if you have not booked some months before. Apart from the fairy itself in La Fiera area, in other parts of the city there are always other activities related to the show like expositions, sport activities. . . During that week the sea is the star!
What a lot of keen people!
I wandered into the Palazzo Ducale Square one morning and golly! Big queue of very keen people. No idea what gave.
I asked Utttz and as near as I could understand there is this statue called the Christ of the Abyss which is underwater off the coast near a small village.
Some berk anchored his boat right above it and broke Christ's arm! What a thing to do!
So they hauled the statue out to repair it and someone saw an image of a saint on the statue's chest.
Before it was returned to the abyss it was on public view.
Thus, the queue.
I saw a picture in a shop of the statue but I won't queue for anything.
Well, there are one or two things I will queue for, but a saint on the chest of the Christ of the Abyss is not one of them.
What was sociologically interesting is a couple of Italians were embarrassed at the simple faith or primitive superstition of most of the queuers (pick the one you think most appropriate).
But exactly the same thing had happened in Australia just before I left.
Someone said they had seen an image of the Virgin Mary in a fence post on a cliff.
Thousands made the pilgrimage.
Until someone cut the fence post down in the dark of the night.
That put a stop to that.
***UPDATE*** The Christ Of The Abyss lives just off San Fruttuoso. It is back in the water now.
How to make a good pesto sauce!
Here you can read some recipes of pesto sauce, try them and BUON APPETITO!!
Recipe 1 - Makes 1and 1/2 cups/450ml
Basil leaves, washed and dried
Grated parmesan cheese
Salt & Pepper
In a food processor, puree the basil, garlic, pine nuts and parmesan cheese with 2-3 Tb/30-45ml olive oil. With the blade turning, slowly add the remaining oil so the sauce emulsifies. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Recipe 2 - Makes 1e 1/2 pints/750ml
Fresh basil leaves
Parmesan cheese, grated
Romano cheese, grated
Salt & Pepper
Place one third of the olive oil in a blender or food processor and add all the remaining ingredients
Blend or process until smooth. Add the remaining olive oil and blend a few seconds to incorporate.
Variation: Walnut pesto: Substitute walnuts for pine nuts.
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