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    CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS MONUMENT

    by balhannah Written Oct 23, 2011

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    Genoa remembers with a lovely Monument of Christopher Columbus who was born in 1451, the oldest of five children. He was named "Cristoforo Colombo".

    Who would have thought that he would become such a great explorer, and he would always remember Genoa as his Birthplace. He donated one-tenth of his income from his discovery of the Americas to the Bank of San Giorgio in Genoa for the relief of taxation on foods.
    No wonder they remember him! He died in 1506.

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    PALAZZO REALE

    by balhannah Written Oct 23, 2011

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    The Palazzo Reale, is the Palace that I decided to visit.
    It is known as the Royal Palace, it is large and has been added to throughout the Savoy & Genoese dynasties.

    We had to do a tour of the Palace, nobody was allowed on their own. The tour was good, the building was beautiful! There were a lot of paintings, and a lot of frescoes, evidently done by some very important Baroque and Rococo artist's. As usual, the Hall of Mirror's is wonderful, and so was the Ballroom & the Throne room, then there were the State apartments, an Atrium, and more than I can remember! After the tour, we could go out into the garden by ourselves. This was very nice, had a fountain, quite a few statues and some lovely red roses!

    All original interiors, frescoes, stucco, paintings, sculptures, beautiful furniture and furnishing's and a nice garden, this was a Palace I loved seeing.

    The only problem was.... NO PHOTO'S ALLOWED INSIDE,but in the garden, we were allowed to take them.

    I did think the admission price for this Palace was very reasonable and it's really worth seeing if you have the time.

    OPEN.....
    Tuesdays and Wednesdays 09.00-1.30pm.... Thursday to Sunday 09.00-7pm....Closed on Mondays

    DMISSION IN 2011....Adults ....4euro
    Concessions...2euros (18 to 25 year olds), free for under 18s and over 65s Concessions 2 euros.
    The Palazzo Reale museum is part of the Genoa Museums “Card” scheme.

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    VILLA DEL PRINCIPE

    by balhannah Written Oct 23, 2011

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    QUOTED AS....."One of the most beautiful and authentic Genoese palaces"

    Villa del Principe, built in 1530, is not very attractive at the point of entry.
    I didn't have time to go in, which was a shame, because from the photo's on the website, it looks well worth a visit. It looks to have many beautiful rooms and frescoes, and you do get to walk through the prince's and princess' apartments.

    I had to be content with viewing the lovely garden from the outside fence. I could see the nicely laid out attractive garden, but for photo's, it was no good as the wire was very close together.

    ADMISSION IN 2011....Adults....9euro

    OPEN..... ..Tuesday - Sunday from 10.00 am to 5:00 pm
    CLOSED... Easter Sunday, May 1st, August 15th, January 1st
    From October to March visits need to be made on appointment

    The website is good, and gives you an idea of what to expect, and then you can make up your mind!

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    SAN DONATO & SURROUNDS

    by balhannah Written Oct 23, 2011

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    San Donato is a small, medieval, 12th century Romanesque Church that was consecrated in 1189.
    After bombing in 1684 it was restored, and has been several times since then, and it still has the octagonal Bell Tower.
    There are some nice views from here, and beside the back of the Church is the beautiful building in my photo. I don't know the name, but it is worth looking at!

    THE CHURCH IS OPEN....
    Mon.-Sat. 8-noon and 3-7pm, Sun. 9-12:30 and 3-7pm

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    BASILICA OF SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA

    by balhannah Written Oct 22, 2011

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    Another Basilica in Genoa, this one, different again!

    Built in renaissance style, is was painted in a red ochre colour, and stood out in its position on the Hill. It is another I didn't get to see the inside.

    I do like the story behind the building of this Church.
    It was a request by Bendinello Sauli in his will to build this Church, as he wished to humiliate the Fieschi family who had committed a grave injustice towards him (they had started mass in their nobleman's church without waiting for the Sauli family!).
    Seventy years later, enough money had be raised for the construction in the mid 1500's, and it was finally completed in 1602!
    It is built in the shape of a Greek cross inscribed into a square, and has four statues placed in the niches carved into the support columns.

    Service times: Saturdays 6pm; Sundays 8.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 6.30pm.

    OPEN....9 - Noon & 3.30pm - 7.30pm ..........Monday - Sunday

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    SERRAVALLE MEDIEVAL GATE

    by balhannah Written Oct 22, 2011

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    I had just seen the Church of St. Lorenzo, when I came across a well preserved City Gate.
    It is believed to have belonged to a Wall, but the Wall no longer exist's, just the Gate! The first known walls, were built in the 9th century, and included three gates, with the Serravalle Gate being one of them.

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    CHIESA DEL GESU

    by balhannah Updated Oct 22, 2011

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    The next Church, which is quite close to St. Lorenzo, is the former Jesuit church "Chiesa del Gesu" that was built in 1597.
    I will tell you a little about it this Church in case you wish to visit.

    Viewing from the outside, it is quite nice, but it is the inside to see, as it has two important paintings, one of them are "The Circumcision" and the other "St. Ignatius Heals a Possessed Woman." It has marble, gilded stucco and frescoes inside. The side Chapel's also have frescoes.

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    COW GATE

    by balhannah Written Oct 21, 2011

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    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.

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    VIA XX SETTEMBRE

    by balhannah Written Oct 21, 2011

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    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.

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    BRIGNOLE TRAIN STATION

    by balhannah Written Oct 21, 2011

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    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.

    Information and Assistance:
    Hours:7 am to 9 pm
    Location: Ground floor
    Phone: 010 2742 475

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    CORVETTO SQUARE

    by balhannah Written Oct 21, 2011

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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.

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    CITY TOUR ON THE TOURIST TRAIN

    by balhannah Updated Oct 21, 2011

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    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
    TOUR.........40/45mins
    COST IN 2011.....ADULTS...6.50 EUROS...... CHILDREN...3.50 EUROS...

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    BASILICA OF SANTISSIMA ANNUNZIATA DEL VASTATO

    by balhannah Written Oct 21, 2011

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    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.........
    http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/a-tour-of-genoa-religious-edifices-4696.html

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    VIA GARABALDI

    by balhannah Updated Oct 20, 2011

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    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!

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    PALAZZO DORIA

    by balhannah Written Oct 20, 2011

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    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.

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