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Old September 14th, 2012, 08:36 PM   #1
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Genoa, the port of Italy: some hours in the heart of Superba


Genoa is the capital of Liguria and the sixth largest city in Italy, with a population of 608,676 within its administrative limits on a land area of 243.6 km2 (94 sq mi).
The urban zone of Genoa extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of 718,896. The urban area of Genoa has a population of 800,709.
In the metropolitan area live between 859,000 and 1.4 million or 1.5 million people. Genoa is one of Europe's largest cities on the Mediterranean Sea and the largest seaport in Italy.
Genoa, which forms the southern corner of the Milan-Turin-Genoa industrial triangle of north-west Italy, is one of the country’s major economic centres.
The city, since the 19th century, hosts massive shipyards, oil refineries and steelworks, while its solid financial sector dates back to the Middle Ages.[Wikipedia]

Here some my photos that I took yesterday in Genoa, my city.
I arrived in Genoa at 8 o'clock, after a short trip from my house in Riviera.
There was traffic only in the connection between A12 and A7, caused by the large number of people that are returning home after their summer holidays.
Genoa was windy, but there was a great atmosphere.
The air was incredible clean, and the visibility was so exceptional that from my house, on the Chiavari's hills( Chiavari is located on the coast, about 30km east from Genoa) I could see the french coastlines,
as in Genoa, infact, looking from the hills around the city, was possible to distinguish the cities of Savona, Vado Ligure and the Maritime Alps at the beginnig of French Riviera.
Truly a breathtaking atmosphere, ideal to take photos!

I left the car in a garage located in the Old Harbour's zone.
My intention was to walk down the Magzzini del Cotone's promenade, to find a good place to take a panoramic photo of all Old Harbour.
While I was in the middle of promenade, Moby Drea was entering the port, at the end of its trip from Olbia.
Interesting maneuver, first enters peak and then makes a semicircle to slip into the ferry terminal





Then I changed target. At S.E.C.H. (one of the Genoa port's container terminals) was anchored the Yang Ming Uberty(333mX43m 8500TEU's) and four cranes were working on it.
The port of Genoa is - in terms of traffic and size - the largest industrial and commercial italian port and, in competition with Marseille in the Mediterranean, one of the most active in Europe.



San Benigno business center




And this is the panoramic shot. I know that is larger than the allowed, if is a problem, mods you can remove it in every moment



Then I entered the 'vicoli', that is the name of the narrow streets that make up the historical centre of Genoa, that is one of the widest of Europe and World(about 400.000 m2).
My first stage was san Giorgio square whit its namesake church, one of the innumerable gems ebedded in the vicoli's buildings.









I began to rise the Sarzano hill, one of the first zones that were urbanized in the middle age
The Santa Maria di Castello's church


Santa Maria di Passione square





An unusual gate for Genoa





Now I was returning in the center,



This is vico San Bernardo, or better, this is San Bernardo's square





After a few minutes I arrived in the San Donato's zone...




...this is the San Donato's church, one of the most beautiful churches in Genoa imho



The san Donato's bell tower, that seems to have inspired the designers of the Matitone (Big Pencil skyscraper)



...and this is the city seen from Luzzati's park, a park behind the S.Donato's church, dedicated to a great genuensis artist, Emanuele Luzzati.



Then I rised another time the Sarzano's hill, to take some photos of San Agostino's church



After a coffee in Sarzano square, I decided to return in the heart of the old city, san Matteo square








This is one of the most beautiful squares in Genoa, its beuty is inversely proportional to its size.

My destination was Portello square...

Square of Vigne



Spinola's Palace (Spinola was one of the aristocratic families of Genoa)



San Siro's church








Sundial's Palace



...and this is the sundial, recently restored



Meridiana street, a street that rises the hill from Sundial square



Now I was entering Via Garibaldi, that is an World Heritage, with the Rolli's Palaces. This street is also considered one of the most beautiful in the world

Palazzo Brignole



Palazzo Rosso (Red Palace)





Palazzo Doria Tursi, Municipio di Genova (Genoa city hall)





A little, strange shop on Via Garibaldi



Palazzo PodestÓ



Palazzo Giacomo Spinola



Palazzo Carrega-Cataldi



The main entrance of Palazzo Carrega-Cataldi



Castelletto's lift seen from Via Garibaldi



At the end I arrived in Portello square



I wanted to climb to Castelletto's belvedere, but I didn't want to take the classic Castelletto's lift, i was curios to try the Sant'Anna's funicolar, one of the funiculars that connect the historical center with the hilly districts.






From the terminus in Florence street, walking to Castelletto clearing. Caffaro bridge



Perfect light, cold tones. Tipical windy day in early autumn









Then I came down to Portello, walking down Salita san Gerolamo, a tipical 'Creuza'. From Portello I went in Zecca square (Mint square) to take another funicular,
that took me on Righi, one of the mountains around the centre of Genoa.



After the lunch I decided to take some photos in Righi





After an hour I returned in the center, my destination was Banchi squre, passing in De Ferrari square and Galleria Mazzini

Ligurian style in Fontane Marose square



The palace of Genoa's province. This istitution will be changed in Metropolitan city of Genoa during next year



Galleria Mazzini





The gryphon is the symbol of Genoa, and also of Genoa C.F.C. the club that brought football in Italy. It was founded in 1893 by an english men, Sir James Spensley.



This is the most famous square in genoa, Piazza De Ferrari.
I took advantage of this light to take a lot of photos, as a tourist






This is the Genoa's headquarter of La Repubblica, an italian newspaper


This is the stock exchange's palace


The opera house, Carlo Felice teatre


The headquarter of Regione Liguria Government


The Ducal Palace, during the Republic of Genoa, here lived the Doge's.
Nowadays the palace houses art exhibitions



This building(is a shop) is called Il Melograno(The Pomegranate), because of the plant that is grown on its roof.



Banchi square


This is the first stock exchange palace in Genoa, that worked during the middle age.


In front of Banchi's church, during the middle age, were burned at the stake the 'witches', a popular tradition says that there is a tile that burns, somewhere in the square.


Sottoripa



San Giorgio Palace, the headquarter of Genoa Port Authority



Il Bigo (designed by Renzo Piano for his city, placed in the Exp˛ area, Porto Antico)



The skyline, looking toward the west



The Acquarium (the second biggest in Europe) and the Renzo Piano's bubble (both designed for the Genoa Exp˛ 1992)



The Galleon



At the end, my pedometer marks 11.5kms



In my opinion Genoa is one of the most undervalued city in the modern history, probably because in these last 50 years was ruled by an incompetent political class.
If people started to come and see for themselves this city, within a decade would be the 3 or 4 city in the number of tourists in Italy. Without problems.
Too bad the tourist who arrives in Genoa right now would be deprived almost entirely of assistance by the institutions that should promote the city ...

P.S.
Sorry for the marks but became necessary after I found some of my photos on sites.
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Old September 14th, 2012, 11:17 PM   #2
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Great tour! Definitely a very interesting city!!
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Old September 15th, 2012, 01:29 AM   #3
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Great, have been there!
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Great, very nice photos from the port of Genoa

I like the theme on that ship:
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Wow those are great pictures of Genoa.Thanks for sharing!
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Nice pics of Genoa! Thanks for the pics.
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Thanks - a most interesting tour of Genoa. It looks fabulous.
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Thanks guys, is a pleasure for me post some photos of my city!

@openlyJane: eheh It looks fabulous because it is fabulous
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truly beautiful pics!!Congrats
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Italy has so many beautiful cities
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Lovely city! I love all those beautiful palaces.
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Hello everyone, yesterday a walk into town
Beginning, as usual, from Magazzini del cotone and the old harbour.


This is one of the old cranes, used untill the early eighties, for the unload of general goods on the quay. Usually were equipped with the classic hook for easy lifting of cotton bales. Renzo Piano has wanted to keep them, so remember forever the original function of the Molo Vecchio.


Others two "mancine", the Magazzini del Cotone, and the Lanterna.


Two popular districts, along the harbor is Dinegro, on the hill, instead, is San Teodoro. The most important street that links them each other is Via Venezia, that begins near the Dinegro's Church and climbs up what remains of Colle San Benigno.


At the maritime station there was the Sovereign [268 m X 32 m].


Ponte Parodi, the future new cruises terminal. Oregina is the name of that district that rises the hill in the middle of the photo.


The real Genoese dynamism... and the skyline .


Playing with saturation, the city and the dry docks.


At SECH terminal there was the UASC Sitrah, departing for Suez.


The pink house that dominates the Historic Basin from that kind of rock in the center of the photo, is known as the 'black house'. Despite the restoration and the incredible views it offers still remains unsold. In the eighties or so, a child fell into the well of the house, dying. Since then, somebody says that is possible to hear desperate cries echo in the building.


San Giorgio palace, of course

But this time we don't turn to the Medieval town, instead we head towards the residential district of Carignano, on the east side of the hill of Sarzano.


Genova, the city in the vertical, the city of levels...Near Via Banderali, from Cappuccine's walls.


From Carignano's belvedere, Viale Brigate Liguria.


Genoa's roofs .


The caravels.


Looking towards east, "a F˘xe".


Corte Lambruschini's towers and the rationalism, a perfect mixture.


A complete vision of the zone.


Was entering Amanda [184 m X 25 m], heading for Sampierdarena's basin.


The city from C.so Aurelio Saffi.


Molo Giano... Here there was the disaster of the May 7th 2013, when a cargo ship destroyed the port's control tower, killing 9 people.


Marina's walls, very saturated.

We rise to Righi (the hill that dominates the center of the town) to lunch...


The Bettolo, works in progress, a future new container terminal.


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After lunch there was too hot to continue to visit the city, so I decided to return home, but I didn't take the motorway. Infact I returned with a minor road that climbs the Monte Fasce, a mountains that rises the extreme eastern suburbs of the city.




Portofino's mountain.


The city of Genoa from the top of the mountain, in all its 40km of lenght, between Nervi (not in the photo because it reamains under the mountain) and Vesima, the last western district that fades into the mist.

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Some photos took during my last trip in Corse







Quarto district






The Foce




The Genoa's fair and the Carignano's hill




Molo Giano


Sarzano's hill








The white yacht is the Steve Job's one


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Old August 25th, 2013, 12:11 AM   #17
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Beautiful city.
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I'll be honest: I'm jealous What a great city!

I love how the town and the port are so interwoven.
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Italy certainly has some of the most diverse and beautiful cities in Europe. Genoa reminds me of Naples, which makes me wonder whether the locals are like Neapolitans.
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Thanks to all for the compliments

@El_Greco:
In reality there is a substantial difference between Neapolitans and Genoens.
Unlike the first, the Genoese and Ligurians in general, are recognized as the most british among the italians "peoples", very reserved and suspicious with strangers, but absolutely beautiful if you have the patience to know them.
A little 'as their city, closed almost as a chrysalis, jealous of its wonders and reluctant to show them to everyone. Just like its people, Genoa should be discovered at the bottom, then it becomes a city that takes your breath away.
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