The two Tower's in my photo are known as the Cow Gate. This was the main western access into Genoa city. This city gate was built the same time as the city walls, as they were needed to prevent invasion from the Barbarossa enemy. It leads into Via Del Campo, which is the street I walked down after passing through the Tower. This area was once full of Prostitute's.
The name is unusual, evidently named after a family by the name of "Cow" who lived here.
This is the name of a street, another one with lovely architecture, but one with shopping arcades.
These are not any "old" shop, but are of the "exclusive" variety, which is what I expected when I saw the lovely arcaded buildings they were situated in. You even walk on nice Mosaic's!
Plenty of impressive buildings here, and remember to look up, you never know what you may see. All around here there are Art Noveau buildings, which were built between 1892 and 1912.
Another impressive building in Genoa, and it was the Train Station!
There are two main Train stations in Genoa, this one, and Genoa Principe, both are very busy.
Here are some facts, mind boggling for me, what about you?
"On average there are about 60 thousand transits per day and 22 million users per year, and more than 300 trains pass through per day."
This is the newer of the two stations, being built in 1905. When I first saw the architecture of this building, I didn't realize it was a Railway station, it looked too nice, but sure enough it was! The Roman-style façade looking out on Piazza Verdi is decorated with stuccowork and stone from the quarries of Montorfano, while the internal halls walls are adorned with some frescoes.
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I thought Corvetto Square was rather nice. The square was named after Luigi Emanuele Corvetto who was a Politician, a Lawyer for the Poor and a part of Napoleon's State Council.
They call it a square, but to me, it looked more like a large roundabout!
In the centre of the Square, was an imposing statue of King Vittorio Emanuele II.
From here, I looked up another street, and found more flower gardens, Lawns and Tree's and another pleasing statue to the eye, this time of Giuseppe Mazzini who died in 1872.
He was an Italian politician, journalist and activist for the unification of Italy. Through his efforts, he helped bring about the independent and unified Italy. He has been remembered as the"Soul of Italy" with this nice statue.
This is known as one of the nicest squares in Genoa.
We continued walking along the Esplanade in Genoa and came across the little Red Tourist Train. My husband has walking problems, so we decided to ask about it at the Tourist Information Centre, which was just there.
After being given a map of the route, we thought it was good value, and went and bought our tickets for the RED TRAIN that does the CITY TOUR.
These are all the city sights we saw..............
partenza da Piazza Caricamento, Via Gramsci, Via Delle Fontane, Piazza della Nunziata, Largo Zecca, Piazza Portello, Pazza Fontane Marose, Via XXV Aprile, Piazza De Ferrari, Via e Piazza Dante, Via Fieschi, Piazza Carignano, C.so Podesta, Ponte Monumentale, Acquasola, Corvetto, gallerie, Via Balbi, Stazione Principe, Palazzo del Principe, Stazione Marittima, Commenda di Pre, Museo Galata, Expo.
We thought this tour was good, infact, one of the better ones we have done. We saw heaps, and covered a huge area of Genoa, it really was an easy, cheap way to see the sights of Genoa!
DEPARTS....FROM 10 - 5pm From April to October........Saturdays and Sundays from 10 - 6pm Departures on the hour...............Only in Italian
COST IN 2011.....ADULTS...6.50 EUROS...... CHILDREN...3.50 EUROS...
The Basilica is a Catholic cathedral in Genoa. Unfortunately for us, we were on the little tourist train and it didn't stop here and we didn't have time to come back.
Genoa, is full of beautiful Churches, and this one would be at the top of the list if you like Baroque decoration.
In the early 17th century the rich Baroque decoration was started, and from the photo's on the website below, it looks fantastic!
A description of the Basilica is.....................
"It is rococo gone mad. hundreds of frescoes, miles of marble and tons of gold, a miniature Pantheon style dome, too much for the eyes to take in!"
Please have a look at the website's which show the Basilica interior, it is wonderful!
You can drag the photo around.
For the exact location and a walking tour of the major Churches in Genoa, please check this website.........
Via Garabaldi, is one of the main streets in the old town of Genoa. The Street dates back to 1550. There has been many name changes. The 1st name for the street was Strada Maggiore, then New Road, Via Aurea and finally in 1882 it was dedicated to Giuseppe Garibaldi.
This street is a designated 'WORLD HERITAGE SITE OF UNESCO," so it is one street that you shouldn't miss out on.
Why you may ask.................Because the people who built their homes and lived here, were powerful and rich aristocrat's. I saw nice architecture, frecoes, many styles of building, it was a street of lots to see. you can walk into many of the Palace's and have a look.
It really is a 'MUST VISIT STREET."
The website details the self done Garabaldi walk, and you can download to your iphone, good idea!
This is another building that has two names, either Palazzo Doria or Spinola Palace.
Angelo Spinola started building this Palace in 1558, and it wasn't until 1576, it was completed by his son Julius! Julius, excavated the rear hill, which allowed the garden and courtyard to be enlarged.
The building is now used as bank offices inside, and on the outside, still contains the frescoes of brother's Calvi, who are thought to have worked for them. There are frecoes in the Atrium of various members of the family dressed as Roman leaders.
I didn't go inside, heavy doors were shut, but since have read there are grotesque frescoes.
Palace Campanella, a building built in 1562, deserved some attention, for the walls were painted with frescoes. Faces with four ears were peering at me from above. Unusual, must mean something!
The 1st floor is where you can admire the frescoes of Semino and romantic style of a room built at the beginning of the 19th Century.
After viewing the exterior of the Palace, I walked through the doors and into the Atrium. This was another wow! as it was beautiful! The stucco had been carried on here, and in the same blue/grey & white colours. I read that it tells a story, but it didn't say what of.
It really is beautiful and if you like this kind of thing like I do, then it is a must see and its FREE.
Next to Podesta Palace is an open courtyard. I walked through the archway and had a look, finding a nice Grotto and statues with a terrace overlooking the grotto. The Grotto is meant to be an elaborate fountain, hard to tell, as it wasn't working. Would have been interesting to see!
The garden was built in the 18th century. A little bit of paradise in Genoa!
Palazzo Doria-Tursi was a palace built around 1565. Since 1848, it is the Municiple offices, [Town Hall]
It's an impressive building, with some intriguing face sculptures and the emblem of Genoa above the entrance way. The façade has been built in different colours including pink stone, grey-black slate and white Marble. It is located adjacent to the White Palace and houses the last rooms of the museum gallery. Balconies over look the street, and along the front of the building were huge pots full of flowers. We were lucky to see a wedding taking place!
This UNESCO World Heritage building was built between 1559 and 1565.
It was another interesting building in Garibaldi street. The facade is richly decorated with stucco of garlands, mask's, hermes winged male, drapes, trophies, oval medallion's, classical figures and more, making it look rather nice as the colour is grey/blue and the stucco white.
There is more...................
Like the painting in oil of the "Adoration of the Shepherd's," dating back to 1609, the "Deposed Christ" in wood, created from a sketch in 1630, the 15th century "Reliquary in the shape of the tabernacle", which is located to the back of the Aspe.
Where to look 1st, who knows, we just slowly looked around this beautiful, old Church. I did have a map of the Church showing the locations of the various pieces.
Well worth seeing!
We came across this Church as we followed our nose in the historic centre. It was crammed in-between buildings, and really didn't look very impressive from the outside.
Inside we went, not expecting much at all, and what a surprise we were in for!
It was a wow!
The Church was built between 1188 & 1189, and consecrated in 1197.
Between the years 1626-1650, the Church was rebuilt and is what we see today.
The ceiling fresco is of "the Coronation in the presence of the Father and among the heavenly hierarchy," and occupies the entire space of the Cupola. Absolutely beautiful, and in such good condition.
The High Altar has a marble statue of the "Immaculate".
This Church has many important pieces, and since the last restoration in 2004, it is considered among the most precious and best preserved of Genovese 17th century Baroque art.
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