In this 2018, year of Italian food, I invite you to discover one of the most fascinating Italian cities, Genoa, following a unique itinerary focused on his specialties, led by a professional guide.
The history of the city unveiled through its cuisine characterized by a few local ingredients combined with many others from all over the world, being Genoa since centuries one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean.
You’ll be introduced to the basic foods of the Genoese cuisine visiting first the “Mercato Orientale”, the central main food market in town with his large variety of products, so much lush fresh food – fruit, vegs, fish, meat, cheese, rice, lentils. All beautifully displayed.
The history of the city and its port will be told and showed storytelling starting from the most representative facts and places . The preaching of the Crusade in the cathedral of San Siro; the participation of the Genoese to the Crusades; the arrival from the East at the “Commenda di Pré of the ashes of Saint John the Baptist (today kept in the St. Lawrence Cathedral) ”; the development of the port that transformed Genoa in a big bazaar of international cargo and people. The extraordinary sailing knowledge of the Genoese, masters of an unrivalled technique of which Columbus was an emblematic example; the Old Port before and after its restoration as a tourist area with the Aquarium, the Sea Museum, the Bigo and the modernized Cruise Terminal, one of the busiest in the Mediterranean area.
Genoa is one of the few Italian cities that has managed to preserve a large number of historic shops. The majority of these stores are registered in a special Register promoted by various institutions, including the Council and the Chamber of Commerce. The walk that we propose will help you in the discovery of some of the most renowned business with a long tradition. You will hear the story of their origins and current developments by the voice of the guide and the merchants themselves.
Be ready to delight your palate enjoying delicious baked goods of the Genoese tradition from the famous Focaccia up to the lesser-known quiches and delicious desserts of historical confectioners and various kinds of chocolate of a Chocolate Factory.
This walk is planned for those who comes for the first time in Genoa and asks to visit the main historical and artistic monuments such as: the Cathedral, the Palazzo Ducale, the Palazzi dei Rolli, the church of San Luca, Banchi square, Palazzo San Giorgio and the Old Port. The guide’s histories and stories will help the tourist to better understand and appreciate Genoa what he is visiting.
The walk reaches the esplanade of Castelletto, a wide panoramic terrace from which you will enjoy at the same time the sight of the old city, the sea and the mountains.
Few stops at traditional local shops will complete this walk
The nineteenth-century Genoa and that of the first decades of the twentieth century shows considerable surprises for tourists. Our itinerary includes two parts. One dedicated to the sites linked to important figures of the Italian Risorgimento who lived in Genoa: Giuseppe Mazzini, Jacopo Ruffini, Goffredo Mameli and Garibaldi. The other one is related to the streets and squares influenced by the Savoy and Piedmontese architecture and the new city center, eclectic and liberty, of the town that became, after the Unification of Italy, an important center of the national economy. Piazza De Ferrari, Via Roma, Piazza Corvetto, dell’Acquasola park, and the sinuous panoramic hillside ring road are some of the main stages of our journey.
Upon request in this thematic walk you can add a visit to the Cemetery of Staglieno
So in 2016 are 30 years, an important goal!
I was a little child and sometime on Sunday morning I used to follow my father, shipping agent, who went to his “scagno” (office in Genoese language) to supervise some ship arriving in the port.
The office was situated in an ancient aristocratic palace behind the medieval Ripa Maris arcades of Caricamento and so during the walk along the narrow streets of the old town my fathe, as a tourist guide, showed me architectural details or ancient tablets on the walls of the palaces telling me a lot of stories of the bygone Genoa. In that way he passed me his passion of Genoa that already my grand father had instilled on him.
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