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Genoa

Petrarch described Genoa, the capital of Liguria, as ‘La Superba’. I know the city very well, visiting every year, and can write on the food, culture, nightlife and surrounding areas, so if you’re looking for a feature, please contact me.

Here are my 10 Best Things to do in Genoa, written for Time Out online.

I updated Thomas Cook’s guide to Genoa (2009), and an extract of my feature for CSMA Club Magazine (2011) appears below:

Genoa ‘La Superba’

Steeped in history, oozing sophistication, and with the seedy underbelly of a great port city, Genoa in northern Italy has provided visitors with rich pickings since the days of the Grand Tour. The city that gave the world pesto and Christopher Columbus takes time to get to know and, after spending a weekend here, you might find yourself returning again and again, uncovering more of the city’s secrets on every visit.

The historic centre of the capital of Liguria is everything you’d expect from one of the largest and wealthiest cities of Renaissance Europe. For top-end shopping there’s the arcaded via XX Settembre and via Roma; there are elegant palazzi (palaces), many open to the public, that were built by the most powerful aristocratic families of the Renaissance period; and there are exquisite churches, such as the 12th-century cathedral of San Lorenzo, and the fabulous Palazzo Ducale, former home of the Genoese doges (dukes), that once ruled the city.

Genoa’s wealthy commercial centre and its gritty port area are closely linked. Thanks to the enterprise and seafaring skill of the Genoese, the city was once the most important port in the Mediterranean and was also the first to open a bank. The wealth that flowed in from sea trade and banking has resulted in a city of great beauty as well as historical interest. These days it’s possible to fully appreciate all aspects of the city, thanks to a major regeneration programme that began in 2004 when Genoa was nominated Europe’s city of culture.

If you’d like an article written, or a review of a particular hotel, restaurant, activity, please contact me.

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