GENOA (/ˈdʒɛnoʊ.ə/ _JEN-oh-ə_ ; Italian : _Genova_ (_ listen ) locally: ; Ligurian : Zena_ ; English, historically, and Latin : _Genua_) is the capital of the Italian region of Liguria and the sixth-largest city in Italy. In 2015, 594,733 people lived within the city's administrative limits. As of the 2011 Italian census, the Province of Genoa , which in 2015 became the Metropolitan City of Genoa , counted 855,834 resident persons. Over 1.5 million people live in the wider metropolitan area stretching along the Italian Riviera .
Located on the Gulf of Genoa in the Ligurian Sea , Genoa has historically been one of the most important ports on the Mediterranean: it is currently the second-busiest in Italy, after the port of Gioia Tauro in Calabria , and twelfth-busiest in the European Union . Genoa has been nicknamed _la Superba_ ("the Proud one") due to its glorious past and impressive landmarks. Part of the old town of Genoa was inscribed on the World Heritage List (UNESCO) in 2006. The city's rich cultural history in art , music and cuisine allowed it to become the 2004 European Capital of Culture . It is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus , Niccolò Paganini , Giuseppe Mazzini , Renzo Piano and Grimaldo Canella , founder of the House of Grimaldi , among others.
Genoa, which forms the southern corner of the Milan-Turin-Genoa industrial triangle of north-west Italy, is one of the country's major economic centres. The city has hosted massive shipyards and steelworks since the 19th century, and its solid financial sector dates back to the Middle Ages. The Bank of Saint George , founded in 1407, is among the oldest in the world and has played an important role in the city's prosperity since the middle of the 15th century. Today a number of leading Italian companies are based in the city, including Fincantieri , Selex ES , Ansaldo Energia , Ansaldo STS , Edoardo Raffinerie Garrone , Piaggio Aerospace and Costa Cruises .
* 1 History * 2 Flag
* 3 Geography
* 3.1 Climate
* 4 Government
* 4.1 Municipal government
* 4.1.1 Administrative subdivision
* 5 Cityscape
* 5.1 Main sights * 5.2 Churches * 5.3 Buildings and palaces * 5.4 Old harbour * 5.5 Walls and fortresses * 5.6 Parks * 5.7 Promenades
* 6 Demographics * 7 Economy
* 8 Culture
* 8.1 Aquarium of Genoa * 8.2 Visual art * 8.3 Literature * 8.4 Music * 8.5 Cinema * 8.6 Language * 8.7 Sports * 8.8 Cuisine * 8.9 People * 8.10 Museums * 8.11 Education and research * 8.12 Science
* 9 Transport
* 9.1 Ports * 9.2 Air transport * 9.3 Public transport
* 10 International relations
* 10.1 Consulates
* 11 Notable people * 12 See also * 13 References * 14 Bibliography * 15 External links
St. George's flag flying on Doge\'s Palace, Genoa .
The flag of Genoa is simply a St. George\'s Cross , a red cross on a white field; thus, it is identical to the flag of England . The patron saint of Genoa was Saint Lawrence until at least 958, but the Genoese transferred their allegiance to Saint George at some point during the 11th or 12th century, most likely with the rising popularity of the "warrior saint" during the crusades . Genoa also had a banner displaying a cross since at least 1218, possibly as early as 1113. But the cross banner was not associated with the saint; indeed, the saint had his own flag, the _vexillum beati Georgii_ (first mentioned 1198), a red flag showing George and the dragon. A depiction of this flag is shown in the Genoese annals under the year 1227. The Genoese flag with the red cross was used alongside this "Saint George's flag", from at least 1218, known as the _insignia cruxata comunis Janue_ ("cross ensign of the commune of Genoa"). The saint's flag was the city's main war flag, but the cross flag was used alongside it in the 1240s. The Saint George's flag (i.e. the flag depicting the saint) remained the main flag of Genoa at least until the 1280s. The flag now known as the "St George's Cross" seems to have replaced it as Genoa's main flag at some point during the 14th century. The _Book of Knowledge of All Kingdoms _ (c. 1385) shows it, inscribed with the word _iustiçia_, and described as:
And the lord of this place has as his ensign a white pennant with a red cross. At the top it is inscribed with 'justice', in this manner.
A panoramic view of Genoa (click to enlarge)
The city of Genoa covers an area of 243 square kilometres (94 sq mi) between the Ligurian Sea and the Apennine Mountains . The city stretches along the coast for about 30 kilometres (19 mi) from the neighbourhood of Voltri to Nervi, and for 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from the coast to the north along the valleys Polcevera and Bisagno . The territory of Genoa can then be popularly divided into 5 main zones: the centre, the west, the east, the Polcevera and the Bisagno Valley.
Genoa has a borderline humid subtropical (_Cfa_) and Mediterranean climate (_Csa_) in the Köppen climate classification , since only one summer month has less than 40 millimetres (1.57 in) of rainfall, preventing it from being classified as solely humid subtropical or Mediterranean; with a special note for the Genoa low .
The average yearly temperature is around 19 °C (66 °F) during the day and 13 °C (55 °F) at night. In the coldest months: December, January and February, the average temperature is 12 °C (54 °F) during the day and 6 °C (43 °F) at night. In the warmest months – July and August – the average temperature is 27.5 °C (82 °F) during the day and 21 °C (70 °F) at night. The daily temperature range is limited, with an average range of about 6 °C (11 °F) between high and low temperatures. Genoa also sees significant moderation from the sea, in stark contrast to areas behind the Ligurian mountains such as Parma , where summers are hotter and winter are quite cold.
Annually, the average 2.9 of nights recorded temperatures of ≤0 °C (32 °F) (mainly in January). The coldest temperature ever recorded was −8 °C (18 °F) on the night of February 2012; the highest temperature ever recorded during the day is 38.5 °C (101 °F) on the August 2015. Average annual number of days with temperatures of ≥30 °C (86 °F) is about 8, average four days in July and August.
Average annual temperature of the sea is 17.5 °C (64 °F), from 13 °C (55 °F) in the period January–March to 25 °C (77 °F) in August. In the period from June to October, the average sea temperature exceeds 19 °C (66 °F).
Genoa is also a windy city, especially during winter when northern winds often bring cool air from the Po Valley (usually accompanied by lower temperatures, high pressure and clear skies). Another typical wind blows from southeast , mostly as a consequence of atlantic disturbances and storms, bringing humid and warmer air from the sea. Snowfall is sporadic, but does occur almost every year, albeit big amounts in the city centre are rare.
Annual average relative humidity is 68%, ranging from 63% in February to 73% in May.
Sunshine hours total above 2,200 per year, from an average 4 hours of sunshine duration per day in winter to average 9 hours in summer. This value is an average between the northern half of Europe and North Africa.
CLIMATE DATA FOR GENOA
MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR
AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 11.5 (52.7) 12.2 (54) 14.6 (58.3) 16.8 (62.2) 20.5 (68.9) 23.9 (75) 27.3 (81.1) 27.7 (81.9) 24.4 (75.9) 20.0 (68) 15.1 (59.2) 12.5 (54.5) 18.9 (66)
DAILY MEAN °C (°F) 8.5 (47.3) 9.1 (48.4) 11.4 (52.5) 13.7 (56.7) 17.4 (63.3) 20.8 (69.4) 24.1 (75.4) 24.4 (75.9) 21.1 (70) 16.9 (62.4) 12.2 (54) 9.5 (49.1) 15.7 (60.3)
AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 5.5 (41.9) 6.0 (42.8) 8.2 (46.8) 10.5 (50.9) 14.2 (57.6) 17.6 (63.7) 20.9 (69.6) 21.0 (69.8) 17.9 (64.2) 13.8 (56.8) 9.2 (48.6) 6.5 (43.7) 12.6 (54.7)
AVERAGE RAINFALL MM (INCHES) 101.8 (4.008) 74.0 (2.913) 81.7 (3.217) 88.0 (3.465) 72.4 (2.85) 58.2 (2.291) 24.2 (0.953) 69.3 (2.728) 136.4 (5.37) 171.3 (6.744) 108.8 (4.283) 93.1 (3.665) 1,079.2 (42.488)
AVERAGE RAINY DAYS (≥ 1.0 MM) 7.7 5.6 6.9 8.1 7.0 5.0 2.8 5.0 6.0 8.0 7.1 6.5 75.7
AVERAGE SNOWY DAYS 0.9 0.5 0.2 — — — — — — — — 0.7 2.3
MEAN MONTHLY SUNSHINE HOURS 117.8 130.5 158.1 192.0 220.1 246.0 294.5 266.6 201.0 173.6 111.0 111.6 2,222.8
Source #1: Servizio Meteorologico , data of sunshine hours
Source #2: Rivista Ligure "La neve sulle coste del Maditerraneo"
The Municipal Council of Genoa is currently led by a right-wing majority, elected in June 2017. The mayor is Marco Bucci , expression of a right-wing alliance composed by Forza Italia , Lega Nord , Fratelli d\'Italia and other minor lists.
MUNICIPIO POPULATION (% OF TOTAL) QUARTERS INCLUDED
Centro-Est 91,402 (15.0%) Prè , Molo , Maddalena , Oregina (it), Lagaccio (it), San Nicola, Castelletto , Manin, San Vincenzo (it), Carignano (it)
Centro-Ovest 66,626 (10.9%) Sampierdarena , Belvedere, Campasso, San Bartolomeo, San Teodoro (it), Angeli
Bassa Val Bisagno 78,791 (12.9%) San Fruttuoso (it), Sant’Agata, Marassi (it), Quezzi (it), Fereggiano, Forte Quezzi
Media Val Bisagno 58,742 (9,6%) Staglieno (it) (Parenzo, San Pantaleo), Molassana (it), Sant'Eusebio, Montesignano, Struppa (it) (Doria, Prato)
Medio Ponente 61,810 (10.1%) Sestri , Borzoli (it) Ovest, San Giovanni Battista, Cornigliano , Campi, Calcinara,
Medio Levante 61,759 (10.1%) Foce (it), Brignole, San Martino (it), Chiappeto, Albaro , San Giuliano, Lido, Puggia
A view of Piazza de Ferrari A panoramic image showing the port of Genoa at night-time, which has brought trade, commerce and wealth to the city for centuries, greatly contributing to its cultural and historical heritage.
Doge\'s Palace , ancient seat of the government of the oligarghic republic. Royal Palace of Genoa, 16th century. Palace of Saint George , built in 1260. St. Lawrence Cathedral . Medieval gates of Genoa are a rare survivor of the city's oldest buildings.
Famous and important are the so-called Palazzi dei Rolli , included in UNESCO World Heritage Site , among the most important palaces we remember: " Palazzo Rosso ", " Palazzo Bianco ", "Palazzo Podestà o di Nicolosio Lomellino", " Palazzo Reale ", "Palazzo Angelo Giovanni Spinola ", " Palazzo Pietro Spinola di San Luca ", "Palazzo Spinola di Pellicceria ".
Genoa's historic centre is articulated in a maze of squares and narrow _caruggi_ (typical Genoese alleys). It joins a medieval dimension with following 16th century and Baroque interventions (the ancient via Aurea, now Via Garibaldi ).
Near Via Garibaldi , through the public elevator "Castelletto Levante", you reach one of the most scenic places in the city, Belvedere Castelletto . The centre of Genoa is connected to its upper part by ancient paths caught between tall palaces, called "Creuze". Walking along these small paths you can reach magnificent places like the "Santuario di Nostra Signora di Loreto". Very beautiful is the upper ring road so-called "Circonvallazione a Monte" that includes: Corso Firenze, Corso Paganini, Corso Magenta, Via Solferino, Corso Armellini.
San Lorenzo cathedral has a splendid portal and the dome designed by Galeazzo Alessi . Inside we find the tresaure of the Cathedral where among other objects there is also what is said to be the Holy Chalice .
The symbols of the city are the Lanterna (the lighthouse) (117 metres (384 feet) high), old and standing lighthouse visible in the distance from the sea (beyond 30 kilometres (19 miles)), and the monumental fountain of Piazza De Ferrari , recently restored, out-and-out core of the city's life. Near Piazza De Ferrari and Teatro Carlo Felice is the "Mazzini Gallery" a typical nineteenth-century structure with many elegant shops and coffee bars.
Another tourist destination is the ancient seaside district of Boccadasse (which means "The mouth of the donkey"), with its multicolour boats, set as a seal to Corso Italia , the promenade which runs along the Lido d'Albaro, and known for its ice-creams. After Boccadasse you can continue along the sea up to Sturla .
Just out of the city centre, but still part of the 33 km (21 mi) of coast included in the municipality's territory, are Nervi , natural doorway to the Ligurian East Riviera , and Pegli , the point of access to the West Riviera . Nervi offers many attractions: the promenade overlooking the sea called Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi; parks covered with lush tropical vegetation; numerous villas and palaces open to the public that now house museums (like "GAM-Galleria d'Arte Moderna", "Raccolte Frugone Museum", "Museo Giannettino Luxoro" and "Wolfsoniana"). (see also Parchi di Nervi) The East Riviera of Genoa called "Riviera di Levante" is part of the Italian Riviera . East Riviera is full of interesting towns to visit, and then from Genoa to east meet: " Bogliasco ", " Pieve Ligure ", "Sori ", " Recco ", "Camogli ", " Portofino ", " Santa Margherita Ligure ", " Rapallo ", " Zoagli ", " Chiavari ", " Lavagna " and " Sestri Levante ". In the West instead, Pegli is the site of the famous Villa Durazzo-Pallavicini and Arenzano is a seaside town at the foot of the Parco naturale regionale del Beigua .
The new Genoa based its rebirth upon the restoration of the green areas of the immediate inland parts, among them the Parco naturale regionale del Beigua , and upon the construction of facilities such as the Aquarium of Genoa in the Old Harbour - the biggest in Italy and one of the major in Europe - and its Marina (the tourist small port which holds hundreds of pleasure boats). All of this inside the restored Expo Area, arranged in occasion of the Columbian Celebrations of 1992.
Near the city are Camogli and San Fruttuoso abbey accessible by a daily ferry from the Old Harbour ( Porto Antico) of Genoa. In the seabed in front of the San Fruttuoso abbey there is the Christ of the Abyss . From the Old Harbour you can reach by boat other famous seaside places around Genoa such as Portofino or little more distant, Lerici and the Cinque Terre .
The regained pride gave back to the city the consciousness of being capable of looking to the future without forgetting its past. The resumption of several flourishing hand-crafting activities, far-back absent from the _caruggi_ of the old town, is a direct evidence of it. The restoration of many of Genoa's churches and palaces in the 1980s and the 1990s contributed to the city's rebirth. A notable example the Renaissance , Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta , sitting on the top of the hill of Carignano and visible from almost every part of the city. The total restoration of Doge\'s Palace - once venue of dogi and senators and nowadays location of cultural events - and of the Old Harbour and the rebuilding of Teatro Carlo Felice , destroyed by the Second World War bombings that only spared the neoclassic pronao of the architect Carlo Barabino , were two more points of strength for the realisation of a new Genoa.
Genoa could not renounce, especially as from the 1960s, to a great renewal, which as happened in several other metropolis, should necessarily get through the realisation of big council houses\' complexes, whose quality, utility and functionality has been and still is controversial for those residents living there. Concerning this, the most known cases are those of the so-called "Biscione", a development in the shape of a long snake, situated on the hills of the populous district of Marassi , and the one of the group of houses known as "Le Lavatrici" (the washing machines), in the district of Prà.
Beyond a complete restyling of the area, the ancient port zone nearby the Mandraccio opening, in Porta Siberia, was enriched by Genoese architect Renzo Piano with a large sphere made of metal and glass, installed in the port's waters, not far from the Aquarium of Genoa , and unveiled in 2001 in occasion of the G8 Summit held in Genoa. The sphere (called by the citizens "Piano's bubble" or "The Ball"), after hosting an exposition of fens from Genoa's Botanical Gardens, currently houses the reconstruction of a tropical environment, with several plants, little animals and butterflies. Piano also designed the subway stations and, in the hills area, the construction - in collaboration with UNESCO - of Punta Nave, base of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop .
Nearby the Old Harbour is the so-called " Matitone ", a skyscraper in shape of a pencil, that lays side by side with the group of the WTC towers, core of the San Benigno development, today base of part of the Municipality's administration and of several companies.
Santa Maria Assunta di Carignano
St. Lawrence Cathedral (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo) is the city's cathedral, built in a Gothic-Romanesque style. Other notable historical churches are: the Commandery of the Saint John\'s Order called Commenda di San Giovanni di Prè, "San Matteo ", "San Donato ", " Santa Maria di Castello ", "Sant\'Agostino " (deconsecrated since the 19th century, sometimes is used for theatrical representations), "Santo Stefano ", "Santi Vittore e Carlo ", "Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato ", "San Pietro in Banchi ", "Santa Maria delle Vigne ", "Nostra Signora della Consolazione ", "San Siro ", Santa Maria Maddalena, "Santa Maria Assunta di Carignano " and Chiesa del Gesù. San Bartolomeo degli Armeni houses the Image of Edessa and San Pancrazio after the World War II was entrusted to the ligurian delegation of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta . These churches and basilicas are built in Romanesque (San Donato, Santa Maria di Castello, Commenda di San Giovanni di Pré), Gothic (San Matteo, Santo Stefano, Sant'Agostino), Baroque (San Siro) or Renaissance (Santa Maria Assunta di Carignano, San Pietro in Banchi) appearance, or a mix of different styles (Nostra Signora della Consolazione, Santissima Annunziata del Vastato: this last has Baroque interior and a Neoclassicist façade).
Another well known Genoese church is the shrine of Saint Francis of Paola , notable for the outer courtyard overlooking the port and the memorial to all those who died at sea. This church is of artistic mention in that the tile depictions of the Via Crucis Stations along the brick path to the church. Near Genoa we find the Shrine of Nostra Signora della Guardia , (the sanctuary is said to have inspired the writer Umberto Eco in making his novel The Name of the Rose ). Another interesting church in the neighborhoods of Genoa is San Siro di Struppa .
The city was the birthplace of several Popes ( Innocent IV , Adrian V , Innocent VIII , and Benedict XV ) and various saints (Syrus of Genoa , Romulus of Genoa , Catherine of Genoa , and Virginia Centurione Bracelli ). The Archbishop of Genoa Jacobus de Voragine , wrote the Golden Legend . Also from Genoa were: Giovanni Paolo Oliva , the Superior General of the Society of Jesus ; Girolamo Grimaldi-Cavalleroni , the Archbishop of Aix; Ausonio Franchi , priest, philosopher, and theologian; Cardinal Giuseppe Siri ; and the priests Francesco Repetto , Giuseppe Dossetti , Gianni Baget Bozzo , and Andrea Gallo . The present archbishop of Genoa,Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco , comes from a Genoese family but was born in Pontevico , near Brescia (see also Archdiocese of Genoa ).
BUILDINGS AND PALACES
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
COORDINATES 44°24′26″N 8°56′02″E / 44.407186°N 8.933983°E / 44.407186; 8.933983
AREA 243,600,000 m2 (2.622×109 sq ft)
CRITERIA ii, iv
INSCRIPTION 2006 (30th Session )
Location of Genoa
The Mirror Gallery of the Royal Palace.
The main features of central Genoa include Piazza De Ferrari , around which are sited the Opera and the Palace of the Doges . There is also a house where Christopher Columbus is said to have lived as a child, really an 18th-century reconstruction of the original one, destroyed by the French naval bombing of 1684.
The Palazzo di San Giorgio was the headquarters of the Bank of Saint George and here Marco Polo and Rustichello da Pisa composed The Travels of Marco Polo . The port of Genoa also contains an ancient Lighthouse called "La Lanterna ".
Strada Nuova (now Via Garibaldi), in the old city, was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2006. This district was designed in the mid-16th century to accommodate Mannerist palaces of the city's most eminent families. In Genoa there are 114 noble palaces (see also Rolli di Genova among these 42 are inscribed on the World Heritage List . Among the Palazzi dei Rolli most famous are: " Palazzo Rosso " (now a museum), " Palazzo Bianco ", Palazzo Tursi, Palazzo Gerolamo Grimaldi, Palazzo Podestà, " Palazzo Reale ", "Palazzo Angelo Giovanni Spinola ", " Palazzo Pietro Spinola di San Luca ", "Palazzo Spinola di Pellicceria ", " Palazzo Cicala ". Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Rosso are also known as Musei di Strada Nuova. The famous art college is also located on this street. The Genoese artistic renaissance begins with the construction of Villa del Principe commissioned by Andrea Doria : the architects were Giovanni Angelo Montorsoli and Giovanni Ponzello, the interior was painted by Perino del Vaga and the garden fountain was realised by Taddeo Carlone . In 1548 Galeazzo Alessi , with the project of Villa Giustiniani-Cambiaso, designed a new prototype of Genoese palace that would be an inspiration to other architects working in Genoa as Bartolomeo Bianco , Pietro Antonio Corradi, Rocco Lurago , Giovan Battista Castello, and Bernardino Cantone. Peter Paul Rubens wrote Palazzi di Genova in 1622, a book dedicated to the palaces of Genoa.
Scattered on the city there are many villas, built between the fifteenth and the twentieth centuries, and among the best known are: Villa Brignole Sale Duchessa di Galliera, Villa Durazzo-Pallavicini, Villa Doria Centurione, Villa Durazzo Bombrini, Villa Serra, Villa Giustiniani-Cambiaso, Villa Rossi Martini, Villa Imperiale Scassi, Villa Grimaldi, Villa Negrone Moro, Villa Rosazza, Villetta Di Negro, Villa delle Peschiere, Villa Imperiale, Villa Saluzzo Bombrini, Villa Grimaldi Fassio.
As it regards the 19th century remember the architects Ignazio Gardella (senior), and Carlo Barabino which among other things, realises together with Giovanni Battista Resasco, the Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno . The cemetery is renowned for its statues and sepulchral monuments that preserve the mortal remains of notable personalities, including Giuseppe Mazzini , Fabrizio De André , and Constance Lloyd (Oscar Wilde's wife). In the first half of the 19th century they are completed the Albergo dei Poveri and the Acquedotto storico. In 1901 Giovanni Antonio Porcheddu realises the _Silos Granari_.
The city is rich in testimony of the Gothic Revival like Albertis Castle , Castello Bruzzo, Villa Canali Gaslini and Mackenzie Castle designed by the architect Gino Coppedè . Genoa is also rich of Art Nouveau works, among which: Palazzo della Borsa, Via XX Settembre, " Hotel Bristol Palace ", Grand Hotel Miramare and Stazione marittima. Works of Rationalist architecture of the first half of the 20th century are Torre Piacentini and Piazza della Vittoria where Arco della Vittoria , both designed by the architect Marcello Piacentini . Other architects who have changed the face of Genoa in the 20th century are: Ignazio Gardella , Luigi Carlo Daneri who realised the _Piazza Rossetti_ and the residential complex so-called Il Biscione, Mario Labò, Aldo Rossi , Ludovico Quaroni, Franco Albini who designed the interiors of Palazzo Rosso , and Piero Gambacciani. The Edoardo Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art , designed by Mario Labò, has one of the largest collections of Oriental art in Europe.
Other architectural works to remember are: the Ponte Morandi by Riccardo Morandi , the Old Harbour's new-design with Aquarium , Bigo and Biosfera by Renzo Piano , the Palasport di Genova , the so-called Matitone , and the Padiglione B of Genoa Fair, by Jean Nouvel .
The old harbour ("porto antico" in Italian) is the ancient part of the port of Genoa. The harbour gave access to outside communities creating a good geographical situation for the city. The city is spread out geographically along a section of the Liguria coast, which makes trading by ship possible. Before the development of car, train, and airplane travel, the main outside access for the city was the sea, as the surrounding mountains made trade north by land more difficult than coastal trade. Trade routes have always connected Genoa on an international scale, with increasingly farther reach starting from trade along Europe's coastline before the medieval period to today's connection across continents. In it's heyday the Genoese Navy was a prominent power in the Mediterranean.
As the Genoa harbour was so important to the merchants for their own economic success, other nearby harbours and ports were seen as competition for a landing point for foreign traders. In the 16th century, the Genovese worked to destroy the local shipping competition, the Savona harbour. Taking matters into their own hands, the Genoa merchants and the politically powerful in Genoa attacked the harbour of Savona with stones. This action was taken to preserve the economic stability and wealth of the city during the rise in prominence of Savona. The Genovese would go as far as to war with other coastal, trading cities such as Venice, in order to protect the trade industry.
Renzo Piano redeveloped the area for public access, restoring the historical buildings (like the Cotton warehouses) and creating new landmarks like the Aquarium, the Bigo and recently the "Bolla" (the Sphere). The main touristic attractions of this area are the famous Aquarium and the Museum of the Sea (MuMA). In 2007 these attracted almost 1.7 million visitors.
WALLS AND FORTRESSES
Main article: Walls of Genoa
The city of Genoa during its long history at least since the 9th century had been defended by different line of walls . Large portions of these walls remain today, and Genoa has more and longer walls than any other city in Italy. The main city walls are known as "Ninth century walls", "Barbarossa Walls" (12th century), "Fourteenth century walls", "Sixteenth century walls" and "New Walls" ("Mura Nuove" in Italian). The more imposing walls, built in the first half of the 17th century on the ridge of hills around the city, have a length of almost 20 km (12 mi). Some fortresses stand along the perimeter of the "New Walls" or close them.
Main article: The Parks of Genoa The gardens of Villa Durazzo-Pallavicini
Genoa has 82,000 square metres (880,000 square feet) of public parks in the city centre, such as Villetta Di Negro which is right in the heart of the town, overlooking the historical centre. Many bigger green spaces are situated outside the centre: in the east are the Parks of Nervi (96,000 square metres or 1,030,000 square feet) overlooking the sea, in the west the beautiful gardens of Villa Durazzo Pallavicini and its Giardino botanico Clelia Durazzo Grimaldi . (265,000 square metres or 2,850,000 square feet). The numerous villas and palaces of the city also have their own gardens, like Palazzo del Principe, Villa Doria, Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Tursi, Palazzo Nicolosio Lomellino, Albertis Castle , Villa Rosazza, Villa Croce, Villa Imperiale Cattaneo, Villa Bombrini, Villa Brignole Sale Duchessa di Galliera, Villa Serra and many more.
The city is surrounded by natural parks such as: "Parco naturale regionale dell\'Antola ", " Parco naturale regionale del Beigua ", " Aveto Natural Regional Park " and the " Ligurian Sea Cetacean Sanctuary ".
Corso Italia runs for 2.5 km (1.6 mi) in the quartiere of Albaro , linking two neighbourhoods of Foce and Boccadasse . The promenade, which was built in 1908, overlooks the sea, towards the promontory of Portofino , and the main landmarks are the small lighthouse of Punta Vagno, the San Giuliano Abbey, the Lido of Albaro.
Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi, promenade overlooking the sea and 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) long, Nervi .
Tour of the Forts and News Walls of Genoa .
Promenade of the upper ring road, so-called "Circonvallazione a Monte" that includes: Corso Firenze, Corso Paganini, Corso Magenta, Via Solferino, Corso Armellini.
Beautiful Walks can be made from the centre of Genoa following one of the many ancient paths cought between tall palaces and so-called "Creuze" to reach the higher areas of the city where there are magnificent places like: Belvedere Castelletto , the "Righi's district", the "Santuario di Nostra Signora di Loreto", the "Santuario della Madonnetta", the "Santuario di San Francesco da Paola".
From Monte Fasce you will enjoy a complete view of the city.
YEAR POP. ±%
1115 50,000 —
1300 100,000 +100.0%
1400 100,000 +0.0%
1400+ 117,000 +17.0%
1861 242,447 +107.2%
1871 256,486 +5.8%
1881 289,234 +12.8%
1901 377,610 +30.6%
1911 465,496 +23.3%
1921 541,562 +16.3%
1931 590,736 +9.1%
1936 634,646 +7.4%
1951 688,447 +8.5%
1961 784,194 +13.9%
1971 816,872 +4.2%
1981 762,895 −6.6%
1991 678,771 −11.0%
2001 610,307 −10.1%
2011 608,493 −0.3%
2015 588,668 −3.3%
Source: ISTAT 2001
At the beginning of 2011, there were 608,493 people residing in Genoa, of whom 47% were male and 53% were female. The city is characterised by rapid aging and a long history of demographic decline, that has shown a partial slowdown in the last decade. Genoa has the lowest birth rate and is the most aged of any large Italian city. Minors (children ages 18 and younger) totalled only 14.12% of the population compared to pensioners who number 26.67%. This compares with the Italian average of 18.06% (minors) and 19.94% (pensioners). The median age of Genoa's residents is 47, compared to the Italian average of 42. The current birth rate of the city is only 7.49 births per 1,000 inhabitants, compared to the national average of 9.45. As of 2006 , 94.23% of the population was Italian . The largest immigrant group is from the Americas (mostly Ecuador ): 2.76%, other European nations (mostly Albania , Ukraine , the former Yugoslavia and Romania ): 1.37%, and North Africa : 0.62%. The city is predominantly Roman Catholic , with small numbers of Protestant adherents.
Ligurian agriculture has increased its specialisation pattern in high-quality products (flowers, wine , olive oil ) and has thus managed to maintain the gross value-added per worker at a level much higher than the national average (the difference was about 42% in 1999). The value of flower production represents over 75% of the agriculture sector turnover, followed by animal farming (11.2%) and vegetable growing (6.4%).
Steel, once a major industry during the booming 1950s and 1960s, phased out after the late 1980s crisis, as Italy moved away from the heavy industry to pursue more technologically advanced and less polluting productions. So the Ligurian industry has turned towards a widely diversified range of high-quality and high-tech products (food, shipbuilding (in Sestri Ponente and in metropolitan area - Sestri Levante ), electrical engineering and electronics, petrochemicals, aerospace etc.). Nonetheless, the regions still maintains a flourishing shipbuilding sector (yacht construction and maintenance, cruise liner building, military shipyards). In the services sector, the gross value-added per worker in Liguria is 4% above the national average. This is due to the increasing diffusion of modern technologies, particularly in commerce and tourism. A good motorway network (376 km (234 mi) in 2000) makes communications with the border regions relatively easy. The main motorway is located along the coastline, connecting the main ports of Nice (in France), Savona, Genoa and La Spezia. The number of passenger cars per 1000 inhabitants (524 in 2001) is below the national average (584). On average, about 17 million tonnes of cargo are shipped from the main ports of the region and about 57 million tonnes enter the region. The Port of Genoa , with a trade volume of 58.6 million tonnes ranks first in Italy , second in terms of twenty-foot equivalent units after the transshipment port of Gioia Tauro , with a trade volume of over 2 million TEUs. The main destinations for the cargo-passenger traffic are Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, Barcelona, and the Canary Islands.
AQUARIUM OF GENOA
Aquarium of Genoa and biosphere .
The Aquarium of Genoa (in Italian : _Acquario di Genova_) is the largest aquarium in Italy and among the largest in Europe . Built for Genoa Expo \'92 , it is an educational, scientific and cultural centre. Its mission is to educate and raise public awareness as regards conservation, management and responsible use of aquatic environments. It welcomes over 1.2 million visitors a year.
Control of the entire environment, including the temperature, filtration and lighting of the tanks was provided by local Automation Supplier Orsi Automazione, acquired in 2001 by Siemens . The Aquarium of Genoa is co-ordinating the AquaRing EU project. It also provides scientific expertise and a great deal of content for AquaRing, including documents, images, academic content and interactive online courses, via its Online Resource Centre.
In the 14th century were active in Genoa the painters Barnaba da Modena and its local followers Nicolò da Voltri and at the same time, the sculptor Giovanni Pisano reaches Genoa to make the monument for Margaret of Brabant , today housed in the Museum of Sant\'Agostino
In the 16th century along with the flourishing trade between the Republic of Genoa and the Flanders also grew the cultural exchanges. The painters Lucas and Cornelis de Wael live for a long time in Genoa where they play the role of a magnet for many Flemish painters like Jaan Roos , Giacomo Legi , Jan Matsys , Andries van Eertvelt and Vincent Malo . This creative environment also attracts the two most important Flemish painters, Rubens and Van Dyck , who along with Bernardo Strozzi . give life to the Genoese Painting School of the 17th century.
Much of the city's art is found in its churches and palaces, where there are numerous Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo frescos. They are rich in works of art the Cathedral , the Chiesa del Gesù where _The Circumcision_ and the "_Miracles of St. Ignatius_" by Rubens , the _Assunzione della Vergine_ by Guido Reni . The Church of San Donato contains works of Barnaba da Modena , Nicolò da Voltri and Joos van Cleve , the Church of Santo Stefano The Stoning of St. Stephen by Giulio Romano and the Church of Santa Maria Assunta the sculptures by Filippo Parodi and Pierre Puget , very interesting is the Santa Maria di Castello. But most of the works are kept in the Palaces like PALAZZO BIANCO where "_Ecce Homo_ " by Caravaggio , "_Susannah and the Elders_ " by Veronese , the "_Garden Party in Albaro_" by Magnasco . PALAZZO ROSSO where _Portrait of Anton Giulio Brignole-Sale_ by van Dyck , _Cleopatra morente_ by Guercino and works of Dürer , Bernardo Strozzi , Mattia Preti , Veronese . PALAZZO SPINOLA DI PELLICCERIA where the "_ Portrait of Giovanni Carlo Doria on Horseback _" by Rubens and "_Ecce Homo_" by Antonello da Messina , (see also the series of Ecce Homo by Antonello da Messina ). PALAZZO TURSI where the _Penitent Magdalene_ by Canova and PALAZZO REALE which contains works of Strozzi , Gaulli , Tintoretto , van Dyck , Simon Vouet , Guercino .
The most important Genoese painters are: "Luca Cambiaso ", "Bernardo " and " Valerio Castello ", " Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione ", "Domenico " and " Paolo Gerolamo Piola ", " Gregorio De Ferrari ", " Bernardo Strozzi ", " Giovanni Battista Gaulli " and "Alessandro Magnasco ". As regards the sculpture remember Filippo Parodi , the wood sculptor Anton Maria Maragliano , Francesco Maria Schiaffino and Agostino Carlini who was member of the Royal Academy .
We have to remember that in Genoa on February 14, 1404 born the famous humanist author, architect, poet and philosopher Leon Battista Alberti . From Genoa was also Simonetta Vespucci considered the most beautiful woman of her time, we find portrayed in _The Birth of Venus _ and Allegory of Primavera by Sandro Botticelli and in _Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci_ by Piero di Cosimo .
Genoa is also famous for its numerous tapestries, which decorated the city's many salons. Whilst the patrician palaces and villas in the city were and still are austere and majestic, the interiors tended to be luxurious and elaborate, often full of tapestries, many of which were Flemish. Famous is the Genoese lace called with its name of Turkish origin "Macramè". Very used in Genoa is the Cobblestone called "Risseu" and a kind of Azulejo called "Laggioni".
Genoa has been likened by many to a Mediterranean New York, perhaps for its high houses that in the Middle Ages were the equivalent of today's skyscrapers, perhaps for the sea route Genoa-New York which in past centuries has been travelled by millions of emigrants. The architect Renzo Picasso in his visionary designs reinforces this strange affinity between the two cities.
In the Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno you can admire some magnificent sculpture of the 19th century and early 20th century like Monteverde Angel by Giulio Monteverde , or works by artists such as " Augusto Rivalta ", " Leonardo Bistolfi ", " Edoardo Alfieri ", "Santo Varni ".
Among the Genoese painters of the 19th century and of the first half of the 20th century remember: " Tammar Luxoro ", " Ernesto Rayper ", " Rubaldo Merello " and "Antonio Giuseppe Santagata", in Genoa also grows up the sculptor Francesco Messina .
In 1967 the Genoese historian, critic and curator Germano Celant coined the term Arte Povera . " Enrico Accatino " was another important art theorist and Emanuele Luzzati was the production designer and illustrator like Lorenzo Mongiardino also him a production designer and architect. Two other important artists are Emilio Scanavino and Vanessa Beecroft .
"Anonymous of Genoa" was one of the first authors in Liguria and Italy who wrote verses in the Vernacular. It explained that in Genoa Marco Polo and Rustichello da Pisa , in the prisons of Palazzo San Giorgio , wrote The Travels of Marco Polo . The Golden Legend is a collection of hagiographies written by the Archbishop of Genoa Jacobus de Voragine . To animate the Genoese literary environment of the 16th century were Gabriello Chiabrera and "Ansaldo Cebà", the latter best known for his correspondence with Sara Copia Sullam . The city has been the birthplace of the historian Caffaro di Rustico da Caschifellone , of the poet "Martin Piaggio", of the famous historian, philosopher and journalist Giuseppe Mazzini , of the writer Piero Jahier , of the poet Nobel Prize Eugenio Montale . The writer and translator Fernanda Pivano , the journalist "Vito Elio Petrucci" and the poet Edoardo Sanguineti , the literary critic Carlo Bo instead was born in Sestri Levante near Genoa. We have also remember the dialet poet Edoardo Firpo and the symbolist Ceccardo Roccatagliata Ceccardi. The city of Genoa has been an inspiration to many writers and poets among which: Dino Campana , Camillo Sbarbaro, Gaspare Invrea who wrote "The mouth of the wolf" and Giorgio Caproni . Between the alleys of the historical centre there is the Old Libreria Bozzi . The "Berio Civic Library" houses the precious manuscript entitled "The Durazzo Book of Hours". In the first half of the 20th century the Mazzini Gallery's was a meeting place of many artists, writers and intellectuals among which Guido Gozzano , Salvatore Quasimodo , Camillo Sbarbaro, Francesco Messina , Pierangelo Baratono, Eugenio Montale . In the thirties of the 20th century was active in Genoa the Circoli magazine and after the world war II the "Il Gallo" magazine. Coveted and known from the sixties to the eighties of the 20th century was the Genoese literary lounge animated by the writer Minnie Alzona.
Main article: Music of Genoa
Genoa was a centre of Occitanie culture in Italy and for this reason it developed an important school of Troubadours: " Lanfranc Cigala ", " Jacme Grils ", " Bonifaci Calvo ", " Luchetto Gattilusio ", "Guillelma de Rosers ", " Simon Doria ".
Genoa is the birthplace of the composer " Simone Molinaro ", of the famous violinist and composer " Niccolò Paganini ", of the violinist " Camillo Sivori " and of the composer " Cesare Pugni ". In addition, the famous violin maker Paolo de Barbieri . The Paganini's violin, Il Cannone Guarnerius is kept in Palazzo Tursi. The city is the site of the Niccolò Paganini Music Conservatory.
" Felice Romani " was a poet who wrote many librettos for the opera composers like Gaetano Donizetti and Vincenzo Bellini . "Giovanni Ruffini " was another poet known for have written the libretto of the opera Don Pasquale for its composer.
Genoa is also the birthplace of the condcuctor Fabio Luisi and of many opera singers like " Giuseppe Taddei ", " Margherita Carosio ", " Luciana Serra ", " Daniela Dessì " The neoclassical Teatro Carlo Felice.
The Teatro Carlo Felice , built in 1828 in the city in the Piazza De Ferrari, and named for the monarch of the then Kingdom of Sardinia (which included the present regions of Sardinia , Piedmont and Liguria ). The theatre was the centre of music and social life in the 19th century. On various occasions in the history of the theatre, presentations have been conducted by "Mascagni ", " Richard Strauss ", "Hindemith " and "Stravinsky ". Other Genoese theaters are the "Politeama Genovese", "Teatro Stabile di Genova", "Teatro della Tosse" and "Teatro Gustavo Modena".
On the occasion of the Christopher Columbus celebration in 1992, new musical life was given to the area around the old port, including the restoration of the house of Paganini and presentations of the _ Trallalero _, the traditional singing of Genoese dock workers.
The Trallalero , traditional music in Genoese dialect is a polyphonic vocal music, performed by five men and several songs. The Trallalero are ancient songs that have their roots in the Mediterranean tradition. Another aspect of the traditional Genoese music is the _Nostalgic Song_, the principal authors and singers of the Nostalgic Song in Genoese dialect are: Mario Cappello who wrote the piece "Ma se ghe penso " (English: "But if I think about it"), a memory of Genoa by an emigrant to Argentina , Giuseppe Marzari, Agostino Dodero up to I Trilli, Piero Parodi, "_Buby Senarega"_, Franca Lai. The traditional Neostalgic Song will have a great influence on the so-called Scuola Genovese of singer-songwriters that in some cases will mix the nostalgic feeling with Pop and Jazz atmospheres.
The singer Natalino Otto started the swing genre in Italy and his friend and colleague Pippo Barzizza was a composer, arranger, conductor and music director. Other musicians, composers and arrangers are: " Angelo Francesco Lavagnino ", " Gian Piero Reverberi ", "Gian Franco Reverberi ", " Oscar Prudente ", " Pivio and Aldo De Scalzi ".
Genoa in the second half of the 20th century was famous for an important school of Italian singer-songwriters so-called Scuola Genovese that includes: " Umberto Bindi ", " Luigi Tenco ", "Gino Paoli ", " Bruno Lauzi ", " Fabrizio de André ", " Ivano Fossati ", "Angelo Branduardi " and " Francesco Baccini ". Born in Genoa is also Nino Ferrer . In the 70th they are formed in Genoa numerous bands of Italian progressive rock like " New Trolls ", " Picchio dal Pozzo ", " Latte e Miele ", " Delirium ". Today we point the band Buio Pesto and The Banshee band
Some songs about the city of Genoa are part of Italian popular culture like: "Via del Campo" and "La Città Vecchia" by Fabrizio de André , "Genova per noi" by Paolo Conte , "La Casa in Via del Campo" the song also sung by Amalia Rodrigues and "Piazza Alimonda" the song about the facts of Genoa 2001 by Francesco Guccini
"I Madrigalisti di Genova" is a vocal and instrumental group formed in 1958 and specialised in medieval and renaissance repertoire
The city has numerous Music Festivals, among which: "Concerts at San Fruttuoso abbey ", "Premio Paganini", "I Concerti di San Torpete", "International Music Festival Genova", "We Love Jazz", "Gezmatz Festival the former is the oldest football club operating in Italy, ( History of Genoa C.F.C. ). The football section of the club was founded in 1893 by James Richardson Spensley , an English doctor. Genoa 1893 has won 9 championships (between 1898 and 1924) and 1 Italy Cup (season 1936/1937). U.C. Sampdoria was founded in 1946 from the merger of two existing clubs, Andrea Doria (founded in 1895) and Sampierdarenese (founded in 1911). Sampdoria has won one Italian championship (Serie A – Season 1990–1991 ), 4 Italy Cups, 1 UEFA Cup Winners\' Cup in 1989/90 and 1 Italian Super Cup . Both Genoa C.F.C. and U.C. Sampdoria play their home games in the Luigi Ferraris Stadium , which holds 36,536 spectators. Deeply felt is the derby called Derby della Lanterna .
Takes place in Genoa the international tournament AON Open Challenger .
In rugby union the city is represented by CUS Genova Rugby, which is the rugby union team of the University of Genoa Sports Centre. CUS Genova had their peak in 1971-1973 when the team was runner-up of the Italian Serie A for three consecutive seasons and contested unsuccessfully the title to Petrarca Rugby . Amongst the CUS Genova players who represented Italy at international level the most relevant were Marco Bollesan and Agostino Puppo.
In 1947 was founded the CUS Genova Hockey and in 1968 the basketball club Athletic Genova . The city hosts the FIFA World Cup in 1934 and in 1990 , in 1988 the European Karate Championships and in 1992 the European Athletics Indoor Championships . In 2003 was inaugurated the indoor sporting arena, Vaillant Palace
The city lends its name to a particular type of a sailing boat so-called Genoa sail , in 2007 the city hosts the Tall Ships\' Races .
Pesto sauce , a popular Genoese dressing.
Popular sauces of Genoese cuisine include Pesto sauce, garlic sauce called Agliata , "Walnut Sauce" called Salsa di noci, Green sauce , Pesto di fave, Pasta d\'acciughe and the meat sauce called _U Toccu_. Genovese sauce instead is the contribution of Genoa to the Neapolitan cuisine. The Genoese tradition includes many varieties of pasta as Trenette , Corzetti (see also Corsetti), Trofie , Pansoti, Croxetti and also: " Farinata ", Panissa, _Cuculli_. Key ingredient of Genoese cuisine is the Prescinsêua used among other things to prepare the Torta pasqualina and the Barbagiuai and still Focaccia con le cipolle, Farinata di zucca, Focaccette al formaggio and the Focaccia con il formaggio which means "Focaccia with cheese" that is even being considered for European Union PGI status. Other key ingredients are of course many varieties of fish as Sardines , Anchovies (see also Acciughe ripiene and Acciughe sotto sale), Garfish , Swordfish , Tuna , Octopus , Squid , Mussels , the _Stoccafisso_ which means Stockfish (see also Brandacujun), the Musciame and Gianchetti . We also remember the Liguria wine such as Pigato , Vermentino, Sciacchetrà, Rossese and Ciliegiolo del Tigullio, the celebrated _Ligurian Olive Oil_, the cheeses like Brös , U Cabanin, San Stè cheese , Giuncata, the sausages like Testa in cassetta, Salame cotto and the Salame genovese di Sant\'Olcese which is the style of Genoa salami . Fresh pasta (usually _trofie _) or _trenette _ with pesto sauce is probably the most iconic among Genoese dishes. Pesto sauce is prepared with fresh Genovese basil , pine nuts , grated parmesan , garlic and olive oil pounded together. Popular dishes of Genoese tradition are the Tripe cooked in various recipes like _Sbira_, the Polpettone di melanzane, the _Tomaxelle_, the Minestrone alla genovese, the Bagnun , the fish-consisting _Ciuppin_ (the precursor to San Francisco's Cioppino ), the Buridda , the Seppie in zimino, the Preboggion. But the two recipes perhaps the most elaborate and sophisticated of the Genoese cuisine are: his Majesty the Cappon magro and the Cima alla genovese, there is also a song by Fabrizio De André which is titled '_A Çimma_ and is in fact dedicated to this Genoese recipe. Originating in Genoa is _Pandolce_ that gave rise to Genoa cake . The city lands its name to a special paste used to prepare cakes and pastries called Genoise and to the Pain de Gênes .
January 16, 1931 Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in Genoa organises a conference about Futurist cooking , (see also Futurism ). 7 July and 22 November 1931 are set in Genoa and Chiavari , Futurists Lunches.
In Genoa there are many food market in typical nineteenth-century iron structures as , , , , , , . The Mercato Orientale instead is in masonry and has a particular circular structure.
In 2017/06 Genoa lifted the ban for 100ml liquids for it's famous pesto. Travelers are free to carry as much as 500g of the local speciality. But only if they donate at least 00.50€ to "a charity that airlifts sick children to hospitals.". So far (start 2017/06-06.23)500€ are collected.
Genoa has left an extraordinary impression on many noted personalities. Friedrich Nietzsche loved Genoa and wrote some of his works there. Sigmund Freud and Ezra Pound lived near Genoa in Rapallo . Anton Chekhov said that Genoa "is the most beautiful city in the world," and Richard Wagner wrote:"I have never seen anything like this Genoa! it is something indescribably beautiful".
Among the personalities of the 19th and 20th centuries who wrote about Genoa were Heinrich Heine , Osip Mandelstam , Aleksandr Ivanovich Herzen , Mary Shelley , Oscar Wilde , Charles Dickens , Mark Twain , Joseph Conrad , Vicente Blasco Ibáñez , Gustave Flaubert , Alexandre Dumas , Louis Énault, Valery Larbaud , Albert Camus , Paul Valéry , F. Scott Fitzgerald , Paul Klee . Giuseppe Verdi , Giacomo Puccini , and Pietro Mascagni . Verdi in his work, _Simon Boccanegra _, is inspired by the medieval history of the city. The poets Dino Campana , Camillo Sbarbaro and Giorgio Caproni have made Genoa a recurring element of their poetic work.
Famous Genoese include Sinibaldo and Ottobuono Fieschi (Popes Innocent IV and Adrian V ), Giovanni Battista Cybo (Pope Innocent VIII ) and Giacomo della Chiesa ( Pope Benedict XV ), navigators Christopher Columbus , Antonio de Noli , Enrico Alberto d\'Albertis , Enrico de Candia ( Henry, Count of Malta ) and Andrea Doria , composers Niccolò Paganini and Michele Novaro , Italian patriots Giuseppe Mazzini , Goffredo Mameli and Nino Bixio , writer and translator Fernanda Pivano , poet Edoardo Sanguineti , Communist politician Palmiro Togliatti , architect Renzo Piano , art curator and critic Germano Celant , Physics 2002 Nobel Prize winner Riccardo Giacconi , Literature 1975 Nobel Prize winner Eugenio Montale , the court painter Giovanni Maria delle Piane (Il Mulinaretto) from the Delle Piane family , artists Vanessa Beecroft , Enrico Accatino , comedians Gilberto Govi , Paolo Villaggio , Beppe Grillo , Luca Bizzarri, Paolo Kessisoglu and Maurizio Crozza; singer-songwriters Fabrizio de André , Ivano Fossati , Umberto Bindi , Bruno Lauzi and Francesco Baccini , while Luigi Tenco and Gino Paoli are also known as Genoese singer-songwriters, although they are respectively from Cassine and Monfalcone ; actor Vittorio Gassman , and actress Moana Pozzi , Giorgio Parodi who conceived the motorcycle company Moto Guzzi with Carlo Guzzi and Giovanni Ravelli. Some reports say the navigator "> University of Genoa main building.
The first organised forms of higher education in Genoa date back to the 13th century when private colleges were entitled to award degrees in Medicine, Philosophy, Theology, Law, Arts. Today the University of Genoa , founded in the 15th century, is one of the largest in Italy, with 11 faculties, 51 departments and 14 libraries. In 2007–2008, the University had 41,000 students and 6,540 graduates.
Genoa is also home to other Colleges, Academies or Museums:
* The University of Genoa * The CNR Area della Ricerca di Genova * The Accademia ligustica di belle arti * The Antonio de Noli Academic Society * The Accademia Ligure di scienze e lettere * The Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia * The ISICT-istituto superiore di studi in tecnologie dell'informazione e della comunicazione * The Renzo Piano Building Workshop * The OBR Open Building Research * The Accademia Italiana della Marina Mercantile * The " Niccolò Paganini " Conservatory * The Italian Hydrographic Institute * The Deledda International School * The Deutsche Schule Genua * The Genoa Comics Academy * The International School in Genoa * The Russian Ballet College
The Italian Institute of Technology was established in 2003 jointly by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research and the Italian Minister of Economy and Finance , to promote excellence in basic and applied research. The main fields of research of the Institute are Neuroscience , Robotics , Nanotechnology , Drug discovery . The central research labs and headquarters are located in Morego, in the neighbourhood of Bolzaneto .
Florida International University (FIU), based in Miami , Florida , United States also has a small campus in Genoa, with the University of Genoa , which offers classes within the FIU School of Architecture .
Genoa is the birthplace of " Giovanni Battista Baliani " and " Vincentio Reinieri " of the geneticist " Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza " of the astrophysicist, Nobel Prize, " Riccardo Giacconi " and of the astronaut Franco Malerba . The city is home to the Erzelli Hi-Tech Park , to the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia , to the "Istituto idrografico della Marina" and annually hosts the Festival della Scienza . The city has an important tradition in the fields of the geology, paleontology, botany and naturalistic studies, among the most eminent personalities remember: " Lorenzo Pareto ", "Luigi d\'Albertis ", "Enrico Alberto d\'Albertis ", " Giacomo Doria " and "Arturo Issel ", we point the Orto Botanico dell\'Università di Genova . Very important and renowned is the Istituto Giannina Gaslini .
A view of the commercial port of Genoa
Main article: Port of Genoa Panorama of port of Genoa.
Several cruise and ferry lines serve the passenger terminals in the old port, with a traffic of 3.2 million passengers in 2007. MSC Cruises chose Genoa as one of its main home ports, in competition with the Genoese company Costa Cruises , which moved its home port to Savona . The quays of the passenger terminals extend over an area of 250,000 square metres (2,700,000 square feet), with 5 equipped berths for cruise vessels and 13 for ferries, for an annual capacity of 4 million ferry passengers, 1.5 million cars and 250,000 trucks. The historical maritime station of Ponte dei Mille is today a technologically advanced cruise terminal, with facilities designed after the world's most modern airports, to ensure fast embarking and disembarking of latest generation ships carrying thousand passengers. A third cruise terminal is currently under construction in the redesigned area of Ponte Parodi, once a quay used for grain traffic.
The Costa Concordia cruise ship, owned by Costs Cruises, is now docked at the port and will be soon be dismantled.
The Airport of Genoa (IATA : GOA, ICAO : LIMJ) is built on an artificial peninsula, 4 NM (7.4 km; 4.6 mi) west of the city. The airport is currently operated by Aeroporto di Genova S.P.A., which has recently upgraded the airport complex, that now connects Genoa with several daily flights to Rome, Naples, Paris, London, Madrid and Munich. In 2008, 1,202,168 passengers travelled through the airport, with an increase of international destinations and charter flights.
Main article: Railway stations in Genoa Genoa's metropolitan system
The main railway stations are Genoa Brignole and Genoa Principe , the first situated in the east side of the city centre, close to the business districts and the exhibition centre, while the second is in the west side, close to the port, the university and the historical centre. From these two stations depart the main trains connecting Genoa to France , Turin, Milan and Rome. Genova Brignole railway station
Genoa's third most important station is Genoa Sampierdarena , which serves the densely populated neighbourhood of Sampierdarena. A total of 23 other local stations serve the other neighbourhoods, on the 30-kilometre-long coast line from Nervi to Voltri , and on the northern line through Bolzaneto and the Polcevera Valley.
The municipal administration of Genoa is projecting to transform these urban railway lines to be part of the rapid transit system, which now consists of a light metro which connects Brin to the city centre and is called the _Metropolitana di Genova_ ( Genoa Metro ). The metro line has been recently extended to Brignole Station, with the opening of the new station in December 2012. The Corvetto station between De Ferrari and Brignole is currently passed-through. A possible further extension towards the eastern, densely populated boroughs was planned, but the municipal administration is keen to improve the public transport investing in new tram lines instead of completing the extension of the light metro. The current stations of the metro line are Brin-Certosa, Dinegro, Principe, Darsena, San Giorgio, Sant'Agostino and De Ferrari, and the line is 5.3 km (3.3 mi) long. Genova Piazza Principe railway station
The city's hilly nature has influenced transport provision, and the city is served by three funicular railways (the Zecca–Righi funicular , the Sant\'Anna funicular and the Quezzi funicular ), a rack railway the Principe–Granarolo rack railway, and 10 public lifts .
The city's metro, bus and trolleybus network is operated by AMT (Azienda Mobilità e Trasporti S.p.A.). There is also the Drin Bus - demand responsive transport service (DRT) that connects the hilly, low-density areas of Genoa.
See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Italy
Genoa is twinned with:
Genoa has bilateral agreements with the following sister cities:
* Guayaquil , Ecuador * Havana , Cuba * Barcelona , Spain * Dalian , China * Marseille , France * Belém , Brazil * Athens , Greece * Lille , France * Saint Petersburg , Russia * Yekaterinburg , Russia * Acqui Terme , Italy * Moscow , Russia * Varna , Bulgaria * Mantua , Italy * Cremona , Italy
* Ovada , Italy * Constanța , Romania * Turin , Italy * Deva , Romania * Siena , Italy * Odesa , Ukraine * Kyiv , Ukraine * Nice , France * La Paz , Bolivia * Azuchi , Japan * Bogotá , Colombia * Valparaíso , Chile * Buenos Aires , Argentina * Capo di Ponte , Italy
* Castelsardo , Italy * Santo Domingo , Dominican Republic * Tursi , Italy * Pointe Noire , Congo * Kaolack , Senegal * Lattakia , Syria * Galata , Turkey * Hebron , Palestine * El Mina , Lebanon * Pizzo Calabro , Italy * Polokwane , South Africa * Sousse , Tunisia * Lyon , France * Sumqayıt , Azerbaijan
See also: Category:People from Genoa
* Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Genoa , list * Jacobus de Voragine , Archbishop of Genoa * Caffaro di Rustico da Caschifellone , diplomat * Guglielmo Embriaco , merchant and military leader * Lamba Doria , Genoese admiral who defeated the Venetians in the Battle of Curzola * Simone Boccanegra , Doge of Genoa * Alamanno da Costa , Admiral * Henry, Count of Malta , Genoese adventurer * Perceval Doria , Genoese troubadour * Bonifaci Calvo , Genoese troubadour * Jacme Grils , Genoese troubadour * Luchetto Gattilusio , Genoese troubadour * Luca Grimaldi , Genoese troubadour * Simone Doria , Genoese troubadour * Calega Panzan , Genoese troubadour * Lanfranc Cigala , Genoese troubadour, man of letters * Vandino and Ugolino Vivaldi , Genoese explorers and merchants * Antoniotto Usodimare , Genoese explorer * Lancelotto Malocello , explorer and navigator * John Cabot , Genoese explorer and navigator * Antonio de Noli , explorer and navigator * Christopher Columbus , explorer and navigator * Catherine of Genoa , saint and mystic * Simone Molinaro , composer * Leon Battista Alberti , humanist author, architect * Giovanni Battista Baliani , mathematician, physicist and astronomer * Gattilusi Family * Delle Piane family * House of Grimaldi * House of Spinola * Imperiali family * Cavanna family * Melfi Family * Prince of Belmonte * Cybo Family * Durazzo family * Adorno family * Ghisolfi Family * Andrea Doria , condottiero and admiral * Doria Family * Fieschi family * Nicolo Paganini , violinist and musical genius * Pope Innocent IV * Pope Adrian V * Pope Innocent VIII * Luca Cambiasi , painter * Bernardo Strozzi , painter * Giovanni Battista Gaulli , painter * Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione , painter * Valerio Castello , painter * Domenico Piola , painter * Anton Maria Maragliano , sculptor * Filippo Parodi , sculptor * Alessandro Magnasco , painter * Carlo Barabino , architect * Pope Benedict XV * Felice Romani , poet, wrote many librettos for the Opera * Lorenzo Pareto , geologist and statesman * Ernesto Rayper , painter and engraver * Edoardo Chiossone , engraver and painter * Balilla , Genoese boy who started the revolt against the Habsburg * Goffredo Mameli , patriot, author of Italian national anthem, _Il Canto degli Italiani _ * Nino Bixio , patriot * Giuseppe Mazzini , patriot, politician, journalist, writer, activist. * Ausonio Franchi , philosopher and editor * Giacomo Doria , explorer, naturalist, botanist * Luigi D\'Albertis , explorer and naturalist * Enrico Alberto d\'Albertis , explorer and naturalist * Dino Campana , poet, Genoa is a recurring theme of the Dino Campana's poetry * Piero Jahier , poet, translator, journalist * Raffaele Rossetti , engineer and military naval officer * Renzo Picasso , architect and urban planner * Luigi Durand de la Penne , naval driver * Enrico Piaggio , industrialist * Giuseppe Siri , Archbishop of Genoa * Palmiro Togliatti , politician * Giuseppe Dossetti , jurist, politician, catholic priest * Gilberto Govi , actor * Luigi Accame , businessman, portrayed by Andy Warhol * Eugenio Montale , poet, Nobel Prize * Giorgio Caproni , poet, moved to Genoa at a young age * Enrico Accatino , painter sculptor, designer * Giovan Battista Carpi , comics artist * Pippo Barzizza , composer, arranger, conductor and music director * Angelo Francesco Lavagnino , composer * Natalino Otto , singer * Pietro Germi , film director * Riccardo Giacconi , astrophysics, Nobel Prize in Physics * Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza , geneticist * Andrea Gallo , presbyter * Edoardo Sanguineti , poet * Renzo Piano , architect * Lorenzo Mongiardino , architect, interior designer * Germano Celant , art historian * Emanuele Luzzati , production designer, illustrator * Umberto Bindi , singer-songwriter * Gino Paoli , singer-songwriter, moved to Genoa at a young age * Luigi Tenco , singer-songwriter, moved to Genoa at a young age * Vittorio Gassman , actor * Fernanda Pivano , writer, translator and critic * Fabrizio de André , singer-songwriter * Paolo Villaggio , actor * Ivano Fossati , singer-songwriter * Angelo Branduardi , moved to Genoa at a young age * Beppe Grillo , actor, political activist * Franco Malerba , astronaut
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* List of tallest buildings in Genoa * MT Haven Amoco Haven tanker disaster * List of diplomats of Great Britain to the Republic of Genoa
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_See also: Bibliography of Genoa (it)_
* Gino Benvenuti. _Le repubbliche marinare. Amalfi, Pisa, Genova e Venezia_. Netwon Compton, Rome, 1989. * Steven A. Epstein; _ Genoa online edition * Steven A. Epstein; "Labour and Port Life in Medieval Genoa." _ Mediterranean Historical Review _. 3 (1988): 114–40. * Steven A. Epstein; "Business Cycles and the Sense of Time in Medieval Genoa." Business History Review 62 (1988): 238–60. * Face Richard. "Secular History in Twelfth-Century Italy: Caffaro of Genoa." _Journal of Medieval History _ 6 (1980): 169–84. * Hughes Diane Owen. "Kinsmen and Neighbors in Medieval Genoa." In _The Medieval City,_ edited by Harry A. Miskimin, David Herlihy, and Adam L. Udovitch, 1977, 3–28. * Hughes Diane Owen. "Urban Growth and Family Structure in Medieval Genoa." _Past and Present_ 66 (1975): 3–28. * Lopez Robert S. "Genoa." In _Dictionary of the Middle Ages,_ pp. 383–87. 1982. * Vitale Vito. _Breviario della storia di Genova._ Vols. 1–2. Genoa, 1955. * Giuseppe Felloni – Guido Laura "_Genova e la storia della finanza: una serie di primati ?" " Genoa and the history of finance: a series of firsts ?"_ 9 November 2004, ISBN 88-87822-16-6 (www.giuseppefelloni.it) * Van Doosselaere, Quentin, _Commercial Agreements and Social Dynamics in Medieval Genoa_ (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009). * Гавриленко О. А., Сівальньов О. М., Цибулькін В. В. Генуезька спадщина на теренах України; етнодержавознавчий вимір. — Харків: Точка, 2017.— 260 с. — ISBN 978-617-669-209-6
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