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    Berto's - my favourite place for aperativo - 2004

    by craic Updated Mar 19, 2008

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    It may be just because Chiara taught me to aperativo there on my first evening in Genoa.
    So we went there a lot.
    Then Paolo told me the bit of waste land was a bomb site. WW2. Americans, English, someone.
    I said - You Italians take the long view. Haven't decided what to build on it yet.
    By the by, I did not find any angst at all about WW2 in Italy. It was hardly mentioned, and if the subject came up it didn't become heated or tricky.
    Politics rarely came up either.
    Or religion.
    Don't know if it was because my lack of Italian.
    Lots and lots of good chat. No arguments, squabbles, flouncing, bullying etc etc.
    Odd. And very pleasant.

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    So often in Italy ... 2004

    by craic Updated Aug 3, 2004

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    ... one cannot get back far enough to take a photo of the great big beautiful thing.
    I suppose they have so many beautiful things in Italy, they have trouble cramming them all in.
    It is between the Palazzo Ducale and the harbour, so no trouble to find it.
    I popped in to light a candle to keep my family safe as is my wont, and lo! They had a coin in the slot electric candle arrangement!
    I really dislike that and did not indulge.
    A Genovese suggested that is because wax is so expensive.
    It is a characteristic of the locals to be thrifty. I noticed that.
    But no wax candles in your cathedral passes beyond thriftiness into parsimony.

    My back is right up against the wall!
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    I could spend weeks in the old quarter - 2004

    by craic Written Aug 3, 2004

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    In fact, I want to live there.
    It was so beautiful, alive and old.
    I bought buttons and soap in there.
    I bought groceries in a tiny little di per di mini mart.
    I found the prostituti area just a few steps of Via Garibaldi. Buxom, dark skinned girls trying to earn some euros. At 4pm!
    I had coffees and plenty vino bianco and ice creams and popped into churches to light candles for my family.
    You could stay in there and get everything you need and never come out.
    If you want a hair cut, just go the street of barbers.
    A drink late at night?
    La Bottega del conte or Centro Lebowski.
    I never struck any trouble. But I never went in there at night on my own.
    But it felt reasonably safe. I never saw any trouble.

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    Palazzo San Giorgio

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 1, 2011

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    Palazzo San Giorgio, also known as Palazzo delle Compere di San Giorgio, was built in 1260 by Giuglielmo Boccanegra, uncle of Simone Boccanegra who das the first Doge of Genova. At the begining the palace used for the administrative office to the Repiblin of Genoa. In 1262 Guglielmo Boccanegra was deposed and forced into exile and since that time the palace was used for a time as a prison. Marco Polo was the most famous resident of the prison. In the 15th century the palace became home to the Bank of Saint George.
    In the 16th centura the new wing was added to the palace, whie in the 19th century the facade was refrescoed to its present look.

    Palazzo San Giorgio

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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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    It is really beautiful - 2004

    by craic Written Aug 3, 2004

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    And the two lions out the front are very cute.
    I was told that a bomb fell on San Lorenzo during WW2. But luckily it was a bad bomb (well, all bombs are bad, of course) in that it didn't explode. So in a way it was a good bomb.
    The Carlo Felice theatre was not so lucky. Two good bombs fell on it and blew it into a great big hole in the ground.
    A new Carlo Felice Theatre has just been built and it is very impressive and works well as a theatre complex.
    But I am reading Charles Dicken's Pictures Of Italy. He lived for a year in Genoa. And he describes the original Carlo Felice, and it sounds as if it was magnificent.

    Loved the lions!

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    WALKING THE HISTORIC CENTRE

    by balhannah Written Oct 23, 2011

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    This was a very pleasurable experience as I never knew what I was going to see as I entered another narrow alley way!

    The main thing to do is.....LOOK UP! as this city has some wonderful sights.

    On the corners of buildings were Religious statues, and then there was the Art Nouveau buildings, they were very interesting!
    Some of the streets had bridges across them, some were Arches with old frescoes underneath the arch itself, there were little shops and Cafes beckoning for you to look or stop for a break..............And as well as all this, there were the main attractions and plenty of them.

    Just one point.....This city is hilly, so be prepared for some uphill walking!

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    Tunnel to a wonderful view

    by caffeine_induced78 Written Feb 1, 2005

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    So there I was, after a day of drinking of wandering I was pretty buzzed and looking to get back to my hotel. My hotel - from it you can see the west end of a tunnel. There I was looking at the same soot covered tunnel but this was the east end. Genoa is a hilly city, so navigating is a bit of fun and something of an adventure. I was in the Plaza del Portello and people walked into a tunnel that was on north side of the tunnel entrance. Being buzzed and curiuos I followed them down the tunnel to find an elevator. I got in. The elevator went up, up and up. When it stopped the doors opened and I found myself high above the city of Genoa. I was looking down on areas of the city that you can't see when in a narrow alley.

    I was on the Portello-Castelletto lift.

    Above Genoa

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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.

    Luigi Emanuele Corvetto Giuseppe Mazzini
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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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    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.

    Chiesa Del Gesu
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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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    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.

    Christopher Columbus Monument in Genoa
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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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    THE NEPTUNE

    by balhannah Written Oct 19, 2011

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    "The Neptune," is the name of the Galleon on display at the Port, near the Aquarium. It is a reproduction of an actual historic Spanish galleon.

    It was used in the film "Pirates," written by Roman Polanski. Have you seen the film, if not, Captain Red was played by Walter Matthau instead of Jack Nicholson who wanted too much money! The film was released in 1986.

    I didn't do a tour of the Galleon, but really enjoyed looking at the outside. It had many figures, and where the canon's were, there were ugly faces that were different at every window.
    It was great to be close up, and to see just how big these Galleon's were! Impressive, and what a sight they must have been when sailing the high seas!

    ADMISSION TO THE SHIP .... Adults....5euros
    OPEN....10 - 7pm

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