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Genova, between the Ligurian mountains and the sea, is one of the most distinctive cities in Italy. Its historic center, besides being one of the largest in Europe, is a tangle of alleys that open into small squares. The spirit of the city resides here, where different smells, tastes and cultures combine.



Michel Ravassard, CC BY SA 3.0 IGO , via Wikimedia Commons

Palazzi dei Rolli are a set of buildings constructed around the 500s and 600s to host the most powerful aristocratic families of the Republic of Genoa and show the magnitude of the city to the world. Their name derives from the “rolli”, lists that included noble families’ palaces and dwellings who aspired to host high dignitaries in transit. These buildings had certain features in common, such as the spectacular staircases at the entrance, the courtyards and loggias over the gardens, the interiors decorated with stucco and frescoes. In 2006 UNESCO declared the 42 Palazzi dei Rolli a World Heritage Site.

(Fonte immagine: Michel Ravassard, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO , via Wikimedia Commons )


acquario di genova

The Genoa Aquarium, located in the Old Port, is one of the largest and most renowned in Europe. With an area of 12,000 square meters, it preserves the richest marine biodiversity. It spans more than 70 environments and contains more than 12,000 specimens of 600 different species. One of the most fascinating areas is the “Dolphin Cistern,” home to a special community of dolphins. All exhibition spaces are designed to engage the visitor in the environment, so the aquarium becomes a place of discovery, knowledge and fun.



The Lanterna, one of the most recognized symbols of Genoa located in the port area, it is one of the oldest and still functioning lighthouses. 77 meters high, the Lantern was built in 1543 on the promontory of Capo di Faro. Its function is to orient ships in navigation. The Lantern is open to the public and offers a breathtaking view of the city of Genoa, where visitors can climb the 172 steps to reach the top and enjoy a spectacular panorama.

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