In the new era of Genova's history the year 1992 has the special and very important significance. It was year when Genova, and the rest of the world aswell, have celebrate the Columbus Quincentennial. In that ocasion the EXPO was entrusted to the city of Genova.
The world famous architect Renzo Piano designed the new look of the Porto Antico and, as it happens usualy, his work submited different controversials. From enthusiasm up to total denying.
My first visit to Genova was around 1985 and I still remember the look of the Porto Antico from that time. It was ugly part of the town and everybody was avoiding it. Therefore, I like this new face of this area, most of all because it become clean and bright. Porto Antico was torned from oblivion and become again very vivid part of Genova, as it used to be in its past.
If you go down the alleyways leading to the port you will find an amazing array of markets. Mostly selling clothes of Asian manufacture, the crowded and well laden stalls seem to extend for miles along the waterfront. A word of warning however is to remember that the Asian manufacturing system means that the clothes are way, way smaller than the sizes shown on the packet and it is not usually allowed to try them on or even to take them out of the sealed cellophane packets. Still it is a great way to spend a few hours and some of the other things available are toiletries, perfumes, dried flowers, cameras, computer games and so on and so on and so on.
The contrast between the harbour and the historic centre is quite big I think.
In the harbour you can see modern architecture and streamlined boats and with your back turned to the old city you can almost forget where you are.
On the right you can see the Expo.