Oh, I was almost forgetting the most famous building in Genova, our lighthouse!
76 metres high, its light can be seen at night for a radius of 50km by any ship or boad in the sea. The actual tower has been built il 1543 and it has remained almost identical during the years, becoming the real symbol of Genova!
It's very nice to go there along the new walk and you can climb up the lighthouse, but only on weekends (and you have to pay).
It is the oldest working lighthouse in the world. It was built bfore the 15th century and had guided many ships safety. In the lighthouse, there is a museum with slide shows explaining to you the history of Genoa. You will also understand the culture of the people living there. To visit the musuem and go to the top of the light house, you have to pay 6 euros. The museum is only opened on weekends. From the lanterna you can see Calata Giaccone(coal) which is the main source of power in olden days, is still being unloaded and loaded today. You can also see the cranes and containers in the ports and other traces of port activities. In all seasons, you can take 30 or 3 and drop at the terminal traghetti shopping centre. Facing the centre, turn right and walk up along the pavement and you will be able to see a sign "La Lanterna" with 50m. Follow the sign and you will reach the Lanterna. It will be a 20 to 30 mins walk.
and all the videos in the museums are great!
don't miss to go up on the symbol of genova to see the beautiful landscape!
The Promenade is open every day from 8 a.m. to sunset.
The Lanterna and the Museum are open during the weekends and on holidays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (7 p.m. in summer). During the Christmas holidays the opening hours are as follows: open on Saturdays and Sundays and on 26 December; closed on 25 December and 1 January.
It is not possible (nor necessary) to book the visit.
If you want to visit the area at different times or days, please call (++39) 010 910001, and the visit may be arranged.
The 'Lanterna' lighthouse is one of the most ancient still in service today. The exterior is formed by two towers divided by cornices with small pensil arches and the interior is occupied by steps leading from ground level to the light. A magnificent panorama may be enjoied from the terrace.Situated on a rock on the western end of the Port of Genoa arc, easily visible from many viewpoints is 'La Lanterna', the lighthouse symbol of the city. Considering that it was and still is the port lighthouse, it is mainly visible from the sea. Already in medieval times the site where the 'Lanterna' rises was known as Capo di Faro viz Lighthouse Promontory. The lighthouse, 117 meters above sea level, radiates its light up to 36 nautical miles distance. In the district of San Benigno, neighbouring on the new office district, it marks entrance to the city to visitors arriving from the west. In 1326 the tower was endowed with fixed oil-burning lamps for signalling to seafarers. In the XV century the lamps were more than fifty protected by more than a thousand pieces of glass, wich were changed every fifty or sixty years, originated at the nearby production centers at Altare and Masone, whilst the oil came from stocks at the Palazzo Ducale. The Cape Faro tower served, moreover, as an advanced fortification beyond the boundary of the city wall, so much so that later, at the beginning of the sixteenth century, it was in the wall fortress, erected by the French after the conquest of Genoa. For the construction of the tower were used 200 metric tons of lime 120,000 bricks, approximately 160 sqare metres of chisel-squared stone in addition to that recovered from the former archiepiscopal palace on Sarzano Hill, from the Wall Fortress and from the previous lighthouse. There were more than three hundred slate steps. In 1785 Gregorio Petondi, the architect, provided for repainting, on the northern facade, of the Genoa coat of arms which had become invisible. The last restorations work was carried out, between 1967 and 1970.
This is the oldest active lighthouse in the world as i have read in one of the guides. It was built in 1128. it 117m tall. There is a legened that ones the lighthouse was finished the architect was invited to the top to be congratuleted by local notabls, but then he was pushed off in to the sea !! There were rumors that he was negotiating to make even taller lighthouse in anther port city and Genova Superba would not be insulted !
Just recently the tower is open for visitors.
One of the oldest lighthouses still in use, la Lanterna has always been the symbol of the city of Genoa. Today, rising some 117 metres above the level of the sea, its beams, produced by a 1000 watt light bulb and amplitied by a series of purpose made lenses, can be seen up to 36 nautical miles away. The lighthouse, Museum and city park can be easily reached on foot in a matter of minutes thanks to the walkaway, built by the Provincia of Genoa in 2001. Visitors can reach there from the walkaway near Piazzale San Benigno.
The park surrounding the Lanterna is enchanting; the first part of some 1000 square metres is an expanse of green lawns, while the second part is a garden offering the perfect representation of typical Mediterranean vegetation.
The museum represents what Genova and its province have to offer. Though the presentation of both current and historical film clips, many brief stories merge to create the complex reality that is Genoa and its surrondings.
Unfortunately we had no time for a visit to the Torre della Lanterna. We saw it when we entered town and it struck me how tucked away it was in the business of the harbour.
Chiara told us this light was the symbol of the city.
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