From its multi-faceted historical roots as a Roman settlement and maritime port to its notoriety as the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and Nicolò Pagannini, Genoa is reinventing itself as a major European tourist destination.
Genoa is a city that reveals herself slowly to the traveler. It can’t be rushed or seen in one day. Here you will find over 100 medieval palaces camouflaged among newer homes and businesses. Narrow winding streets and tall vertical buildings form an intricate labyrinth that connects different sections of the city and serves as Genoa’s core. Along these corridors you will find hundreds of small shops including produce stands, bakeries, clothing and jewelry stores, and many small restaurants and bistros.
One resident described Genoa’s food as a “paradise for vegetarians.” Indeed many restaurants and eateries serve healthy Mediterranean cuisine that includes fish, pasta with fresh pesto, mushrooms with olive oil, eggplant, pizza, focaccia, and of course, a variety of fine Italian wines. Be sure to sample what the locals eat and visit some neighborhood restaurants such as Trattoria Al Veliero and Ristaurant Saint Cyr.
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