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Ever since I saw the Colin Firth movie, A Summer in Genoa, I have wanted to visit Genoa, (Genova in Italian.) This was also my very first visit to Italy and was mesmerized by the tall pastel-coloured terracotta-roofed houses, amazing churches, and stately homes tucked away inside the narrow streets and alleys. The birth place of Christopher Columbus was the perfect introduction to Italy. Once again, we joined a walking tour of the historical centre.

The impressive Palace of St. George, built in 1260, greeted us as we stepped off the boat. The fresco depicting St. George, the patron saint of Genoa, is amazing.

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The Palace of Saint George

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Genoa is famous for two of my favourite foods, focaccia and pesto. We were treated to samples. I couldn´t resist purchasing a jar of pesto to take home. It was the best I have ever tasted!

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The early 13th-century San Lorenzo Cathedral has a black and white striped marble façade. The details above the door are incredible.

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Two sad looking lions guard the front door of the church

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Many small restaurants and cafes are hidden in the narrow  caruggi alleyways

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Piazza de Ferrari

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A typical street scene in Genoa

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Another impressive doorway

A stately home

A stately home

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Sipping a coffee at one of the many piazzas is a dream come true.

Genoa was everything I thought it would be and more. I am so glad I made it to this enchanting city.

More of Italy to come…..


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