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About Genova

Genova

Genova is an Italian municipality of 608.582 inhabitants, chief town of the province and of the Ligurian region. Built-up area is on a surface more than 1.118 km², with 718.896 residents. Climate in Genova is according to the classification of Koppen “warm temperate Mediterranean climate”. It is characterized by low temperature daily average of around 6/7 °C in all seasons. Winter often is rainy season, in summer usually doesn't rain, it rains sometime in August. The daytime temperatures in summer months only occasionally exceed 30 ° C. Autumn is a very rainy season.

Genova, together with Venezia, Pisa and Amalfi, was one of Maritime Republics ruling on mediterranean and european scenes during Low Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Flag of Genova is a red cross on a white field: name is Saint Giorgio’s cross and in the past was a simbolo of pilgrims they went to the Holy Places of Christianity.

Genova is a town with gold metal for military valour for sacrifices of people and for partisan fights during second world war.

From Pegli to its west and Nervi to its east Genoa has grand frescoed palaces that help to evoke the intriguing atmosphere of Genoa's golden age as a powerful maritime Republic. Today, Genoa La Superba has decided to renew its alliance with the sea by restoring and reopening the Porto Antico (the city's historic port) and waterfront. Genoa is also home of the magical underwater world of the biggest aquarium in Europe and has renovated the legendary village of Boccadasse. lt has also worked extensively to restore Nervi to its former splendour of the belle epoque, which for its mild climate has always been hugely popular with Italian and foreign tourists, however, this can be said of all of the panoramic villages of the Paradiso Gulf.

The Porto Antico The Historic Port,nestle between the old town with its caruggi (very narrow historical streets) and overpass, was radically renovated by the famous architect Renzo Piano in 1992 in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America. The massive fortification of Porta Siberia is home to the Luzzati Museum, dedicated to the great Genoese artist. The Cotton Warehouses have been converted to host a variety of commercial and recreational venues; including: multi auditorium cinemas, bars, restaurants and La Città dei Bambini, a playground and educational center for children, as well as the Children's Library "De Amicis". The gigantic Bigo, a panoramic elevator emulating a ship crane, offers a breathtaking 40 meters high view of the Historic Port.

Opposite there is the Piazza delle Feste (Square of Festivals) a tensile structure hosting a skating rink which opens in the winter months. The Museum of the Antarctic "Felice Ippolito" is an exhibition center measuring 1,000 square meters and is located in the edifice Palazzina Millo. Here geographical maps, very sophisticated scientific tools, a submarine robot for underwater filming and survival equipment for Antarctic environments are on display. When visiting Genoa, tourists must not miss the Aquarium located on the nearby bridge Ponte Spinola. Resembling a ship ready to set sail. This modular structure complete with portholes was designed by the Baltimore architect Peter Chermayeff. Through its crystal doors visitors enter the enchanted world of Captain Nemo: they can go on a virtual diving tour exploring the great sea abysses and oceans and listen to the recorded sounds of the waves and seagulls. Volume levels are regulated by a computer according to the number of visitors flocking to the aquarium. For land lovers, there is the Biosphere, a building of glass and steel designed by Renzo Piano hosting rain forest plants and exotic butterflies. The ancient arsenals of Genoa, (also known as La Superba or the "The Superb", due to its glorious past) have been converted into the glittering crystal and steel Galata Museum of the Sea. Its four floors and 23 halls are home to permanent exhibitions and theme sections, which tell the story of man's adventurous journey through and across time and sea. The Saletta dell’ Arte (Little Hall of Art) hosts temporary exhibitions and the evocative Sala della Tempesta (Hall of the Tempest) on the second floor is definitely worth a visit. Here you can 'experience' the extreme storms of the legendary Cape Horn. To the east, in the Albaro quarter, stands the timeless fishing village of Boccadasse. Tourists can delight in the brightly painted buildings typical of the Genoese scene, the small beach with its gozzi (typical local fishing boats) and fishing nets and the many local cats, possible descendants of Ciacola, the cat celebrated in an Italian song by Gino Paoli. Here time seems to have stood still and the ice-cream parlour with its original old 1927 marble shop sign Latteria Igienica (Hygenic Milk Bar) is evidence of this.

The Technological Pole Tecnologico, long time designed, has found place on hill of Erzelli. Sviluppato in un'area complessiva di circa 220'000 mq, al suo interno vi troveranno sede la facoltà di Ingegneria e quella di Matematica dell'Università di Genova.

A bit further to the east, amongst noble villas, tree-lined roads, lush green parks and hotels dating back to the beginning of the XX century stands out the "old style" sea village of Nervi, Genoa's "last municipality". Its quay, with its boats and fishing nets hung out to dry in the sun, is surrounded by the tall coloured houses of the old village. From here to Capolungo between the railroad and the sea, stretches the romantic Anita Garibaldi promenade. Dotted with ice-cream parlours, coffee-bars and lidos, along its steep paths cut into the cliff faces tourists are offered unique and breathtaking views of Genoa, and the coastline from the Paradiso Gulf to the promontory of Portofino.

Architectural styles have weaved together over the years: from the Romanesque to the Gothic style, from Baroque to Rococo, from Art Nouveau to Rationalism. It is a complex and varied art world, made up of churches, palaces, houses and monuments.

Its historic centre, which is the largest in Europe and the richest in monuments. Wandering through its tangle of narrow, medieval alleys (caruggi) visitors can 'read' the town's history 'written' in its architectural marvels. Aediculae, flying buttresses, lunettes, loggias, medieval and XV century buildings are common features of this city. From the museum of Sant'Agostino, an ex monastic complex featuring the funerary monument of Margherita di Bramante and Santa Maria di Castello, a religious complex including a Romanesque church and convent overlooking the cloister, to the further down, Via San Lorenzo, with the Cathedral of San Lorenzo one is captured by the city's architectural wealth.

The interior of the Cathedral, decorated with polychromatic marbles and tall columns, most of them smuggled out from Constantinople, hosts the ashes of John the Baptist, brought into the town by Genoese returning from the First Crusade (1098). The medieval Church of San Matteo, is situated in the homonymous square, surrounded by noble palaces and displaying stern facades made up of longitudinal black and white stripes, of white marble and black slate. On the 13th July 2006, 46 of the 163 Palazzi dei Rolli (Rolli palaces) were declared part of the Unesco World Heritage (www.irolli.it). They are Renaissance and Baroque residences commissioned by the aristocratic families of the Genoese Republic on the Strade Nuove, opened in the XVI century. On occasion of a state visit, one of these noble residences would win the honour of hosting the visitors, the name having been drawn from an official list called Rolli containing the names of all those registered. Located in Via Garibaldi, the ancient Strada Aurea, are the marvellous facades of some of these sumptuous abodes that, in the past, seduced Rubens and travellers of the Grand Tour. In particular it's worth pointing out Tursi Palace, now the Town Hall, Palazzo Rosso (Red Palace) and Palazzo Bianco (White Palace), now prestigious art galleries. Behind Via Garibaldi, in the square which takes his name stands Palazzo Pellicceria, a rare example of an XVIII century well preserved noble residence, now hosting a museum. With its facade decorated in Rococò stuccos, it boasts a rich collection of paintings by Rubens, Van Dick, Antonello da Messina and Magnasco. Fabrizio de Andre, the famous late Genoese songwriter, was a regular to Via del Campo, where he met the main character of his song Bocca di Rosa and the late Gianni Tassio, in whose famous shop at No. 29r the songwriter's Esteve guitar is on display. Between Principe Railway Station and Via Gramsci stands the Commenda of San Giovanni di Pre, which was commissioned by the Knights of Malta in 1180 to serve as an "ospitale" (a hospice) for pilgrims and the poor. Opposite the Maritime Station stands another jewel of "La Superba": Palazzo di Fassolo, also called Palazzo del Principe (the Palace of the Prince), built in 1530 by Admiral Andrea Doria, leader of the famous battle of Lepanto. Further on is the Lanterna, a 77-metre-high lighthouse built on a rock spur 40 meters high, its 117 meters looms over the sea and its port. The Lanterna has been guiding vessels into the harbour since the Xll century.

The International Airport "Cristoforo Colombo" is in west of town, in area of Sestri Ponente. Above Corvetto Square, in the park filled with exotic trees of Villetta Di Negro is, the Museum of Oriental Art "Edoardo Chiossone" featuring a Japanese section. Visitors to the exhibition will be astounded to see its 1,000 priceless exhibits apparently floating in thin air, an optical effect created as incoming light filters through the large glass panels and sliding screens of the museum. The Cemetery of Staglieno, in Bisagno Valley, is an open-air museum with majestic funerary monuments, including the graves of great historical figures such as: Giuseppe Mazzini, Ferruccio Parri and Fabrizio De André.

Sport

Genova was and is home to numerous sporting events, particularly in the marine, automotive (in Palasport), athletics indoor (always in Palasport) Football The “Superba” has a distinction of being “cradle of Italian football”. Here was indeed required to baptism in 1893 the first football club, Genoa Cricket and Football Club, founded by British physician James Spensley. The teams with the most prestigious of the city are Genoa CFC and U.C. Sampdoria. To find the third team to go down to Genoa to 'Excellence where militate FS Sestrese and Pontedecimo. In water polo is represented at the highest levels by S.S. Nervi, while just on the outskirts there are some of the strongest Italian teams. Cycle racing - it was often stage finish of the Tour of Italy cycling. In Genoa, and more specifically in the delegation of Pontedecimo, is organized, since 1934, the Tour of the Apennines, one of the Italian classic race. Genova has also good tradition in rugby, we have with: CUS Genova Rugby now in series B and l'Amatori Rugby Genova. Volleyball in Genova is dominated by company Pallavolo Genova now in Championship A2. Genoa has a great field hockey tradition with numerous championships won by GUF Genova, CUS Genova and Hockey Club Genova. In athletics Genova has two teams: Cus Genova and Trionfo Ligure. Savate Given the strong business relationship with the nearby porto of Marseille. Genova has a strong tradition in practice French Boxe-Savate. Genova Gryphons represents baseball in town.

Sports facilities

- Luigi Ferraris stadium (capacity: 36.599 places + 144 places in press gallery);
- La Sciorba stadium (7.000 places);
- Carlini stadium (5.700 places);
- Stadio Croce (1.920), first tennis court of town
- Stadio di Albaro, first swimming center of town.

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