Raffaele Rubattino was a visionary and the first Italian ship owner to commit his company to steam navigation. He formed the steamship line that would connect Genova to several ports of the Mediterranean and later to Middle East. Rubattino had political ambitions aswell, supporting Giuseppe Garibaldi in consolidation of Italy.
The statue is work of Italian sculptor Augusto Rivalta, from 1889, and stands at Piazza Caricamento, right next to the splendid Palazzo San Giorgio.
While walking through side alleys with Chiara, we stumbled upon this stunning ...
piece of art?
Christmas decorations, both reindeers without their LEFT ear!
I'll ask Chiara to translate the graffiti from the wall. Something about government and video surveillance, and about passive boycott?
Then we can try to figure out the whole message.
Since G8 Summit that took place in Genoa in 2001, the citizens became more sensitive to political issues, there are rainbow colored Peace flags hanging from many windows, and graffiti like these on many walls.
While alcohol is widely consumed, it is in moderation, and never without eating. You will probably never see a drunk man or woman in public. This attutude is best expressed by Italian law under which a drunk who causes a disturbance is incarcerated, not in jail, but in a mental hospital, as anyone who allows alcohol to impair his self-control must certainly be insane.
Among famous persons born in Genoa at least two must be mentioned: the navigator Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) and the musician Nicolo' Paganini (1782-1840).