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    La città dei bambini e dei ragazzi

    by BurgerQueen Written May 28, 2015

    "La città dei bambini e dei ragazzi" (The city of children and young men) is playground where kids can learn the principles of science while playing with different materials. Activities are divided into areas dedicated to age ranges, and are very interesting: children can build houses with foam bricks, explore real ants' nests, play with water, huge soap bubbles, mirrors, etc.
    It is a nice idea for rainy and cold days.
    This structure is hosted in the Magazzini del Cotone building, in the Porto Antico area.

    Genova - Playground for kids aged 2-3 Genova - La citt�� dei bambini - Building site
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    Retired movie star to gawk at !

    by Paisleypaul Written Mar 21, 2015

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    The galleon ship Neptune from Polanski's 1986 flick Pirates starring Walther Matthau has retired to the port area in Genoa. No evidence that you can go aboard but down by the port you can't miss it

    The trailer is on youtube presently here :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsGsNLt3Jr0

    Figurehead Nettuno Polanski's galleon Plenty detail the more you look !
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    Opera and more at Teatro Carlo Felice

    by Paisleypaul Written Mar 21, 2015

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    The wonderful Teatro Carlo Felice is behind an equestrain statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi to one side of Piazza dei Ferrari.

    This Scottish couple loves so many things about Italy, among them Bergamo where we have been semi frequent vistiors for eight years , the town hom eot composer Gaetano Donizetti. Moreso ,the Italian cinema, the neo realism of Roma Citta Aperta and I Lado di Bicicletta through to the Italian horror films and especially that uniquely Italian movie the giallo, a usually gory whodunnit with a high body count and an amateur rather than the polizia left to find the murderer.

    When I found out that the great Dario Argento, who virtually invented the genre in the early 1970s and whose shop we visit so regularly in Rome (separate Rome tip for Profondo Rosso) was directing the Donizetti opera Lucia di Lammermoor from the novel by fellow Scot Walter Scott, I had to go!

    Great performance and at the bows after the 4 act show, finally go to set eyes on my hero, for the first time, as pictures show.

    That ,of course, is my story - check out their website for teh full calendar of events whenever you are going to visit Genova

    Teatro Carlo Felice The cast, Lucia centre The maestro appears shaking hands Dario Argento on Lucia's right Way out of focus, no photography during show
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    Piazza Principe Station

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 14, 2014

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    This is Genoa's main station and bits were in a mess and under repair during our visit. As it had turned cold on the day we left, we waited for our train in a formerly grand waiting room complete with pigeons, beggars and sleeping vagrants and of course lots of fellow passengers. Again a superb mixture

    Piazza Principe Station
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    Christopher Columbus Statue.

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 14, 2014

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    Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa in 1451. During his eventful life he sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492. He hoped to find a shorter route to India to trade for spices, but instead he discovered the Americas. Between 1492 and 1504 he made a total of four trips to the Caribbean and South America. He died in 1506.

    In Genoa you can visit the home of Christopher Columbus. You can also see a statue of him near Piazza Principe Station..

    Christopher Columbus Statue. Christopher Columbus Statue.
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    Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 13, 2014

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    From Porta Soprana we decided to head down Via di Ravecca, because it looked interesting. We then headed down Via Ravasco and ended up at the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta di Carignano.

    This lovely church was designed in 1522 by Galeazzo Alessi. Construction of it lasted from more than fifty years.

    We did not have time to go inside unfortunately, but admired it from the outside and enjoyed the nearby views over the port, too.

    Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta View over the port. View over the port.
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    The Church of Jesus

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 13, 2014

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    The Church of Jesus -Chiesa del Gesu - dates from the 16th century. It is located near the Piazza De Ferrari and near the cathedral. The church is attractive enough from the outside, but even so, this does not prepare you for the amazing beauty of inside. Every inch of the walls and ceilings is covered with works of art. I was gazing open-mouthed at its splendour and during our visit the only other people inside were worshipers not tourists. There are even two paintings by Reubens inside this church.

    I wanted to take photos of the inside of the church on our first visit, but my camera batteries died. I returned with new batteries next day, but there was a service going on. We sat for a while listening to the singing and the words of the priest. This is an amazingly beautiful building. Do not miss it. Unfortunately I only have photos of the outside.

    The Church of Jesus The Church of Jesus
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    Via Garibaldi

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 12, 2014

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    The Via Garibaldi was a wonderful, colourful street containing several palaces: the Palazzo Bianca, the Palazzo Rosso and the Palazzo Tursi. I'm not even sure if we were able to go in their courtyards or not. By that stage I was getting so overwhelmed with grand buildings I did not know where I was. I think it is called palazzo drunk.

    Via Garibaldi. Via Garibaldi. Via Garibaldi. Via Garibaldi.Palazzo Tursi - I think. Via Garibaldi.Palazzo Tursi - I think.
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    The University

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 12, 2014

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    The University of Genoa was also on Via Balbi a short distance from the Palazzo Reale but on the other side of the road. It was another great building with lion statues, huge hanging lights and pillars.

    Genoa's university was founded in 1481. Nowadays it has around 40,000 students and about 1,800 teaching and research staff.

    The university of Genoa. The university of Genoa. The university of Genoa.
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    Palazzo Reale

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 12, 2014

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    This palace, located on Via Balbi, was quite near our hotel, so this was the first place we wandered into.

    Palazzo Reale means royal palace. Construction of the palace began in 1618. It was originally the home of the Balbi family. Then the palace was sold to the Durazzo Family in 1677. They enlarged it. In 1823 the palace changed hands again and was owned by the Royal House of Savoy. Since 1919 the palace has belonged to the state. It is now a museum.

    We're not museum people. We just enjoyed wandering around the courtyard and gardens viewing the building, the pond, the statues, the grand staircases, the works of art, the mosaic floors.

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    Vivacious streets of Genova

    by croisbeauty Updated May 27, 2012

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    I read number of reviews or comments by fellow VTers regarding their experiences during a visits to the Mediterranean. Most of them manifested wonderment at the crowds in the streets after their loudly way of converasions or shouting across the streets.
    We, people from the south of Europe call it "il fascino del Mediterraneo" (the charm of Mediterranean). It is custom in the Mediteranean for people not to hide their feelings, regardless of wheter they are happy, angry or sad.
    The second fact is, mild climate resulted that life mainly takes place outside, making a streets the stage of life. In a beautiful sunny day nobody stays at home.

    Via Porta Soprano

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    Loggia della Mercanzia

    by croisbeauty Updated May 25, 2012

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    Loggia della Mercanzia is called by different names, locals call it also "La Loggia dei Mercanti" and "Loggia di San Pietro in Banchi". It is situated in ancient sestriere of Molo, just a foot away from The Church of San Pietro in Banchi.
    During a battle between Guelfi and Ghibellini in 1398, they say Ghibellini provoked fire which destroyed most of the buildings in Piazza Banchi, among which was the Desks of the City Bank. As a consequence, the Dodge Barnaba di Goano ordered the construction of a loggia where the merchants could do their business. The construction was completed in 1415 but was seriously damaged in another fire in 1455. After reconstruction it bested until 1570 when the city administrators decided to built another one, on the same site, but more solid building. After WW II, during which the Loggia was damaged by air-raid, it was reconstructed and now come back to its original aspect.

    Piazza Banchi Loggia della Mercanzia

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    Carlo Felice Teatro

    by croisbeauty Updated May 24, 2012

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    The Theathre of Carlo Felice is actually opera house used for diverse performances of opera, ballet and classical music. It was built in 1828 and named fro Duke Carlo Felice di Savoia, who was also the King of Sardinia.
    The theatre was designed by the local architect Carlo Barabino who built it on a site of the church San Domenico. Carlo Felice is big theatre accomodating an audience of about 2.500 in five tiers, each with 33 boxes and the gallery above tiers.
    During WW II its ceiling, which had been a unique example of 19th century Rococo extravagance, was destroyed by a shell from British warship in 1941. Later on, in 1943 and 1944 the theatre was almost completely destroyed in bombings. Reconstruction works took very long and the hall was finaly officially reopened in 1991.

    Teatro Carlo Felice the backstage of the theatre

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    San Pietro in Banchi

    by croisbeauty Updated May 24, 2012

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    There is interesting story about the construction of this church. Some local people wanted to build the church but the city administrators refused it telling there was no money for that, so the group of enterprising people decided to build a church with shops/money exchange banks under it. It is from where the name of the church is derivating, San Pietro in Banchi (Banks). The rent from these paid for the building of the church.
    San Pietro in Banchi is 16th century structure built on the site of the cmall church of San Pietro della Porta, which was destroyed in 1398 in fire during a battle between Guelfi and Ghibellini. The church was projected to have four pinnacles but only three of them had been realized. The front is covered in fading frescoes and fake multicoloured stonework, but also was never completed. The interior of the church, however is richly adorned and covered in white marble. There are large paintings and excellent marble statuary of the saints but bove all, it has wonderful stucco decorations in its dome.

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    ST. MARIA DELLE VIGNE

    by balhannah Updated Nov 8, 2011

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    We had just been to St. Lukes, and thought how beautiful that was, when we came to another. From the outside, it was very plain, and didn't look inviting either, part of it was being renovated.

    On pushing open the door, it was another of those "wow!" moments, for this was incredible! Believe me, every one I saw come in that door were gob-smacked! And......Not many people seemed to find this Church, a plus for me, and a minus for them!

    It is believed to date back to the 9th century. It is full of marvellous frescoes, painting's, statues, wood carving's, in my eyes, just beautiful! It would be one of best I have ever been inside!

    Don't be fooled by the outside, do go inside and see for yourself!

    ST. MARIA DELLE VIGNE ST. MARIA DELLE VIGNE ST. MARIA DELLE VIGNE ST. MARIA DELLE VIGNE
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