There’s a few times I saw it, and the few times I stopped at the port, so come to think that Genoa was all there, including boat docked, the aquarium and the vendors that once you were selling bracelets and now sticks to the selfie.
The port is as much part of Genoa, but not only.
Genoa city alive and multifaceted
I was surprised to discover a multifaceted city, rich and varied, full of history and life. Made from one side of people of many different nationalities and other Genoese DOC with their speech, with its own traditions, with a great attachment to their city.
Sometimes Genoa knows to be a bit ‘rude as the hands of the fishermen, as its dark alleys, but is both solar and open like the sea, like a friendly old lady kind.
A contradictory city, and that’s what makes it unique and attractive.
Genoa is the Porto Antico.
Ancient maritime city of sea and sailors, the Old Port has always been a big swarm of people, nationalities, languages and different goods.
Loading Square, just opposite the famous Aquarium of Genoa was the square where the loading and unloading goods from here departed at a time of the most varied in the Mediterranean. Once the water level here was much higher, a level that can still be seen if you look closely the colonnade at the base of the buildings overlooking the square.
Under the arcades of Via Sottoripa one after the other small shops of long standing – the fishmonger to the seller of dried fruit. Are the Historical Shops of Genoa that still survive in many city living with the trendy shops and stalls selling products from Asia.
Genoa is in the alleys of Pré.
Pré is one of the many neighborhoods of Genoa, the most popular. Once seedy neighborhood today is a bit ‘relieved becoming accessible not only to those who visit the city but also to the same Genoese.
This area of Genoa told by De Andrè in his songs: tall buildings and closely spaced from each other, narrow streets and in the shade where hardly enter the sun’s rays.
Daily life consisting of ladies who buy the vegetables in the stalls on the roadside, tourists who browse through the streets, prostitutes who walk in broad daylight in the narrow streets. A mix of humanity that strikes and disorienting and that makes you fall in love with this district that is alive and pulsating.
Genoa’s historical workshops.
It will be for the narrow alleys and pedestrian that make the city’s historic center (the largest medieval old town in Europe) almost only accessible on foot, but the old historical shops in the city survive despite the rest of Italy and the world looks like these pieces of the city’s history to end up slowly succumb to impetuous globalization and competition from large chains.
In Genoa, the workshops are an important part of daily life dot the narrow streets of the city with their insignia faded and their retro atmosphere.
Butchers, sellers of dried fruit, sweets from the shops, bars / pastry shops, barbers’ shops, pharmacies. And then the poultry shops and fast. Are many and varied and when we get inside you seem to have traveled with the teleport.
There is also a website that lists all the Historical Shops of Genoa, I will point out the Liquoreria Pasticceria Marescotti Cavo, historically the Marescotti family, it is now owned by Mr. cable that cohabit with great satisfaction the old tradition with Marescotti the specialty family, the macaroons of Voltage. Stop eating a macaroon or drink coffee and make a word with Mr. cable that will be happy to tell you the story of his restaurant.
Genoa is the rolls.
If you do not know what are the rolls do not worry, even I did not know them, but they are a very important part of the history of Genoa.
The rolls are palaces that were the property of the richest merchant families of the city and which were formerly used as a hotel to accommodate important people visiting Genoa: the rolls became the kind of hotel for popes, princes, kings and other personalities of ‘era.
Proprioperché had to enhance the wealth and power of the owners and for the kind of people who were used to host the rolls are extremely lavish homes, enriched with paintings, frescoes and furnishings.
Although from the outside seems almost anonymous and buildings that blend in with the other buildings around them, do not be fooled, the interior is wonderful.
Today, the rolls are UNESCO heritage and can be visited in “Rolli Days” (usually in late May).
Genoa is stately.
Genoa is a city enclosed by mountains and the sea, a bit ‘as the entire Riviera. This means that the houses are narrow and crammed on along the coast for kilometers, going – as far as possible – the mountain behind the sea.
As you move to Genoa they discover new sides of this city: the neighborhoods of Pré you get to the more stately and more recently where the buildings are more modern, dating back to the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century, the streets are wider and the most impressive squares and airy.
A different face of this Genoa so popular that I had almost used to seeing in the narrow alleys. Neater, pompous and stately. After the narrow streets with clothes hanging on the windows and the old shops this side of town I destabilizes and makes me take notice of the infinite multiplicity of this city.