Historic centre, east, Genoa
Most tourists probably won't come there, but it's one of the zones of Genova I like most, and it's the oldest.
The church of Santa Maria di Castello was built for the first time in the 7th century, but it was restored and changed several times during the centuries. Wonderful is the clostrum, and many are the artworks kept inside this church, mostly coming from the 15th century. There is a museum too, and it's free of charge... strange in Genova! ;-)
Nearby there is the higher medieval tower in Genova, the Torre degli Embriaci.
San Donato is one of the oldestbchurches in Genova, dated 11/12th century. The early-romanesque character of the church is shown by the wonderful optagonal tower, still rising above the body of the temple and not aside it.
Several important paintings are hosted inside this church, including a Madonna by Niccolò da Voltri and a triptych by Joos van Cleve.
Piazza Campopisano and Vico Campopisano are 2 "jewels" among Genova's treasures.
A small square with coloured thin and high houses, typically "genovese". There's a small theatre, a restaurant, a pub... but you can find even small gardens, with palms and vegetables! Really a wonderful spot inside the old town!
Have a look for the great fassade, as it is the main attraction of the Palazzo...
The rich banker lost a lot of money BEFORE he could start to have built a great interior.
The building conists of the main entrance & building and a large garden with a terrace on the 1st floor and some parking-spaces inside the basement of these gardens.
I simply entered there, as the door was open, and so I could take these pics ;-))
It is a pity, the building was under restauration and partly covered, when I visited Genua in 2003, but I am sure the works are finished already!
Bombs had destroyed the old theatre in 1943 and so the building had to be restored and was finished 1990.
2000 people will be able to sit inside the audience, the walls of which are built like houses, shops etc and might make a great extra feature in combination with the stage !
In front of the theatre you may see a monument and behind that monument you may walk through a passage - see my 2nd picture !
The small church of San Torpete dates from 1730 when it was commissioned to Antonio Ricca from Oneglia during the first years of the 18th Century. The church was consecrated on 23 November 1733. Inside, the saint is depicted in just one painting by Giovanni Carlone called 'The Saint uninjured among the wild beasts'. The canvas on the altar on the right ('Our Lady with St. Thomas of Canterbury, Santa Lucia and San Giovanni Battista) has traditionally been attributed to Andrea Semino. On the other side there is the altar of San Filippo Neri: the painting depicting 'The Saint in ecstasy' (17th Century) is by G.B. Paggi or by his followers.
Via XX settembre is a streets-name you will find in any major city in Italy - and like here it is mostly the main street !
On both sides you will find great arcades for easy shopping even when it is raining.
This Gothic church was founded in 1260 by the Augustinians and was named after Santa Tecla. Then, during the centuries, it was renovated and changed many times, till it was abandoned in 1798. The building, with its peculiar bell-tower decorated with majolica, at present is used as a concert hall. Attached to the church there is the convent, built in different periods with different styles and today appears as a modern building made of concrete and steel, which follows the shape of the 18th-century structure. Inside there is the Ligurian Sculpture and Architecture museum, where about 200 exhibits including portals, tiles, sarcophagi, columns, and so forth taken from religious buildings that had been destroyed in the past are on display.
The original church dedicated to San Giorgio was built at the confluence of the coastal road and that of the far side of the mountains, and on the route linking the port to the oldest settlement of the city. The foundation of a church dedicated to the saint can probably be linked to the presence of a Byzantine garrison at the forum as well as to a typical 'imported cult' introduced at the times of the gothic war (4th Century).
The first mention of the church was in a document that dates back to 964. The importance of the church is testified by its inclusion among the Consul palaces of the Placiti together with the archiepiscopal Palace, Santa Maria del Castello and San Donato.
However, there is a bill concerning the restoration work that dates back to 1585, and the last rebuilding of the church, by the Teatini (a religious order) dates back to the end of the 17th Century.
The building was erected where there once stood an ancient convent to provide the city with a theatre more prestigious than the two existing ones. But, the Savoy King, whose name was given to the building, wanted to build it to calm the Genovese people that were forced to be subject to the Savoy kingdom. The theatre was inaugurated on April 7th 1828 with the play Bianca e Fernando by Vincenzo Bellini. The neoclassical structure, designed by Barbino, soon became the centre of the modern city. In the southern façade, a Doric colonnade was built with Carrara marble. On top of the pronaos the statue of the Harmony genius was erected, made by sculptor Giuseppe Saggini, whilst the three entrance doors were named Music, Comedy and Tragedy.
Visit to St. Donato Church! Is next to the focacceria that I explains you before and pictures are not allowed inside. I did this one without know this...I'm sorry!
Wonderful church as inside as outside. Interesting!
Well, the first and the ultimate must-see of Genova is its old town, one of the biggest - if not the biggest - in the whole Europe. Let yourself get lost in the labyrinth of narrow streets which will spontaneously carry you centuries away, into the times when young Columbus was exploring them (no wonder he developed such a sense of discovery!) or when Marco Polo was writing his memoirs. A traveller's city? You can say that again!
(The streets and piazzas of the Old Town are so narrow and crooked that there are practically no vantage points to take photos. Shame! This is the best I could manage - a little piazza with the typical ornament of old Genovese houses - the guiding saint on the wall.)
Lying between Porta Soprana and Christopher Columbus' house, this 12th century cloisters standing in a small garden are all that remain of the convent that once stood here.
This palace was once built in 1565 for a rich banker.
The palace is in Via Garibaldi, opposite of Galeria Palazzo Rosso with plenty of famous works of art by Dürer, Veronese, Van Dyck etc.
The innercourts look very nice and you may freely walk in, as it is part of the administration of the city or the district with plenty of offices and bureaus.