Enclosed between the coastal area and back-lying hills,
the city is wedged in the Polcevera Bisagno Valleys. It’s
Italy’s main port and one of the major ones in the
From an artistic point of view, Genoa has
lived two particular flourishing moments: the Medieval and
the period between the 16th and 17th Centuries.
The ancient part is characterized by a compact nucleus of
old districts which can be visited in the area between the
port and S. Lorenzo and between Piazza de Farrari and Via
Garibaldi: these areas are famous due to their entanglement
of straight alleyways which took the characteristic name
The new residential area, initiated since the 16th Century,
has the present day Via Garibaldi - one of the most monumental
City roads in Italy – and Via Balbi as the two principal
roads: the area is characterized by pre-Baroque and Baroque
buildings such as Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Rosso, seats
of the homonymous Art Gallery.
The Genoese cultural life in the Renaissance and Baroque
courts is testified by the presence of very famous artists
such as Luca Cambiaso, Rubens, Van Dyck, and the Architect
Alessi: a true and proper capital of art, opened to Europe...
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