La Commenda di San Giovanni di Pre is part of the complex of the homonymous church situated in Porto Antico. It was built in 1180 on a site of ancient church dedicated to Santo Sepolcro, originated from 636. Commenda served as convent and hospital for the pilgrims and crusaders, before and after their travellings to the Holy Land. Third Crusade, under the leadership of the French king, strarted from Genova.
The Romanesque styled complex is well preserved, thanks to its very solid construction in black stones from Promontorio. Since May 2009 La Commenda is "museoteatro" (museum and theatre) where historical documents becoming pictures and performances, thanks to modern technology by Mu.MA and collaboration of "Teatro del suono".
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This small but beautiful square called "Piazza Pollaiuolli" is situated in the old core of Genova and not far from Piazza de Ferrari. I found it only by chance while strolling around the carruggi. At first I was attracted by this coat of arm of exceptional beauty which stands on the wall right above the cafe-bar. Since it was about time to have usual espresso, there couldn't be better choice than this charming small terrace right in front of the cafe-bar. The espresso was really good and I spend enjoyable time in refreshing shade of carruggi.
Take away Focaccia
My fren called his colleague who's originally from Genoa for some travelling insight.. She recommend the famous PANIFICIO MARIO.. 5 minutes walking distance from the train station. To me, it was a brilliant idea to grab something warm to eat at that moment. :) We got here before noon, there were a lot of locals queueing.. my fren's colleague was right.. the Focaccia was veeeery tasty!!!
address: Via San Vincenzo 61
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A stroll along the coast. The sea is so beautiful and till the last day of my trip, I had to go down to have a last look. Shades of crystal blue and calming green seek to soothe your mind and no words can describe it. The merger of the sea and sky draws you to seek for their meeting place. I love the beaches of GenoaRelated to:
One of the most attractive things about Genoa is that from busy 'beaten paths' like Via San Lorenzo, you can loose yourself within seconds in the labyrinth of narrow, very Italian, very atmospheric and sometimes very seedy (but extremely photogenic!) side-streets.
On both sides of Via San Lorenzo, worth entering at random any of these streets - due to the size of the old town centre (Centro Storico), you can't really get lost. So forget the map for a while and just wander around - during the day it is safe and it is really worth it.
You can also approach this labyrinth from Via Garibaldi, where again you can just jump into any of the side-streets leading down into the maze of the Centro Storico.
Photographic opportunities are endless, if you like small shops, drying clothes, locals caught in various moments of their everyday life.Related to:
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Nervi is the easternmost district of Genova, it's almost a town on its own, and it's really a very nice, quiet and picturesque place.
The best way to enjoy Nervi is to go to the small harbour and then take the "Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi", which is the sea boardwalk which goes along the coast with terrific views of the gulf of Genova till the hill of Portofino. When the sun is shining there is always full of people walking along this romantic and wonderful way.
There are many bars and resting places along the walk, as well as in the touristic harbour, and you can go to the Park of Nervi too.
You can easily reach Nervi by train, while it is not suggested to take the car since there are really few parkings.
Nervi is also a very good place to sleep too, there are many Hotels, but usually a bit expensive.
Parchi di Nervi
Much people who comes to Genova always complains about the lack of "green" in this wonderful town... they are quite right, but there are some green oasis in Genova too!
The most known, and surely the nicest and biggest, is the park of Nervi, located in the easternost suburb of Genova, the smal and very picturesque Nervi.
This park is famous for its "roseto" (rose garden), but all the park is very nice, packed between the town, the railway (so it's really easy to reach by train) and the sea!
It's the ideal place to take children to, but also for a nice walk.Related to:
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THE CONTACT CENTER: We built a...
THE CONTACT CENTER:
We built a large contact center to manage all the network and customers' problems, with 35 people working in shift day and night.
This is how it worked. The Customer, a journalist or a Delegate, had to call a toll-free number. The Contact Center gets the call, recognised his location and send the closest technician to fix the problem. The technicians were put in the field like on a chessboard, with every square numbered, there also was a map so that it was always possible to identify the closest colleague and send it to the Customer.
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the whole region liguria is...
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Genoa is very 'hard' to...
Genoa is very 'hard' to visit... you can easily miss everything and think genoa is just an industrial town. Well, actually Genoa has the widest historical centre in Europe and you can find a lot of artistic buildings (XII to XVII siecle), and extraordinary landscapes (try to get the 'funicolare zecca-righi' from largo della zecca and seat on one of the lower places)
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Go to the fairs. You can experience Genoa literally at one go. I went to this local gourmet fair and tried a little of everything in a day. I like the cheese panna.
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Walk along the beaches of Genoa, you can see monuments that give you a little insight of its history. Beside that, you can see it rich flora. I didnt expect to see them growing near the sea.Related to:
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Once an outlying fishing port, this village is now part of the city, with boats pulled up on the pebble beach, nets hanging out to dry........
Caffé Mangini.If u miss to...
If u miss to drink a special italina Cappuccino u must enter this café. It's very confortable and clean and service is fast.Furthermore this café is one of the oldest café in Genova.
I seem to remember this was the cheapest and most convenient hotel we found when turning up in Genoa...more
It's good 3* hotel, rather centrally located (about 15 min walk to Duomo and 25 min walk to the...more
The hotel is a former 19th century merchant's villa built in an oriental style to honor his Chinese...more
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