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Genova the Superb: discover it with our suggestions


Genoa, an ancient Roman and Carolingian city, was a Maritime Republic and Queen of the Tyrrhenian Sea until, with the fall of Constantinople under the Turks (1453), a thriving colonial period ended. It regained its autonomy under the aristocratic government of Andrea Doria, who occupied it on behalf of Spain, guaranteeing the city a regime of total independence which it maintained, albeit with ups and downs, until its annexation to the Savoy dominion in the 19th century.

 
Genoa has the largest historical center in Europe; its narrow but fascinating "caruggi", a labyrinth of alleys, will lead you to suddenly discover the wonders of the city of Genoa.

From the Best Western Hotel Porto Antico you can walk to Piazza Banchi with its Loggia dei Mercanti, the splendid Piazza Sant'Agostino with its lively majolica, to continue along Via degli Orefici, where you can admire one of the most beautiful portals in the historic center, or get to the House of Columbus next to Porta Soprana, Piazza San Lorenzo with its black-white duotone cathedral, Palazzo Ducale, the geographical center of Genoa.

Leaving the hotel and walking a few steps, you can visit the Palazzo San Giorgio built in 1260 and which became the seat of the Banco di San Giorgio, the first modern "Bank" in the world, the Palazzo della Commenda di San Giovanni di Pré which since its construction in 1180 was the shelter for pilgrims and crusaders who embarked from Genoa for the Holy land, the Museum of the Risorgimento which is located in the house where Giuseppe Mazzini was born, the area of ​​the Porto Antico, completely renovated on the project of the architect Renzo Piano, with the Aquarium, the Galata Museo del Mare where it is possible to visit the submarine Nazzario Sauro, the congress center of the Magazzini del Cotone and the city of children.

Along Via Garibaldi with the museums of Strada Nuova, Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Spinola you will relive the ancient splendor of the city of Genoa. The Palazzi dei Rolli scattered throughout the historic center and Unesco heritage, will push you to understand the wealth that the city had at the time of the Maritime Republics but which still amazes and amazes today. To get a complete guide of Genoa, to visit the city and be updated on all cultural events in Genoa, we also suggest you visit this site.

Its historical periods of greatest glory are reflected in a historic center of incomparable charm, which has remained authentic not only in its monuments, but also in its genuinely "popular" cultural component. It is in fact the greatest example in Europe of a medieval city almost entirely preserved: from the "Ripa Maris" to the palaces of the "Via Aurea" today Via Garibaldi, from the Colle di Castello, the fulcrum of the first residential settlement, to the two thousand year old Commenda di Prè. The urban fabric of the alleys (called carruggi, from the Latin "quadrivium"), intricate although so organic, offers the thrill of walking through history.

Not to be missed, in addition to a long walk through the alleys, a visit to the Palazzo Ducale, seat of the Government since 1200. With the first Doge, Simon Boccanegra, who made it his seat in 1339, the Palace was nicknamed "Ducale" and was , since then, the residence of the Doges. After having undergone numerous modifications, fires, destructions, reconstructions and restorations over time, and after a recent restoration that lasted ten years, the building is now a multipurpose structure, the real heart of the highest cultural initiatives of the city and its territory.

In addition to a magnificent historic center, Genoa offers at least a couple of suggestive visits without even having to leave the city. One is certainly a visit to the Lanterna di Genova, the port's lighthouse. 117 meters above sea level, it radiates its light up to 36 nautical miles away and is one of the oldest lighthouses still used today, also home to a multimedia museum.

The other excursion, always linked to the seafaring life of the city, is that of the Boccadasse district, an ancient fishing village that has remained intact over time.

We can also provide you with directions for a trip to Portofino, San Fruttuoso, the Cinque Terre Park, or just for a route in the historic center of Genoa.

The BW Hotel Porto Antico is located in a strategic position not only for those who visit the center of Genoa but also for those who have to embark for a cruise departing from the Maritime Station or for those who must embark on the ferry bound for Corsica or Sardinia departing from Genoa Ferry Terminal with Moby Lines, Tirrenia, Corsica Ferries and Grimaldi ferries.

Genoa and in particular the surroundings of the BW Hotel Porto Antico are scattered with many restaurants and trattorias

It will be our care to recommend, if you wish, typical Genoese restaurants or trattorias where you can taste the Pesto alla Genovese, the best fresh fish, the good Farinata, the real Focaccia or a good dish of Minestrone alla Genovese. As well as suggesting trips and routes to Portofino, the Cinque Terre or to discover our magnificent historic center.

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