Fodor's To Europe!

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Genoa, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, is an urban anomaly set among Liguria's little villages, but at its heart is Italy's largest historic district, filled grand palaces, venerable churches, and narrow alleyways.
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  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture


  • Wander the twisting streets of the Old Quarter, stopping into palaces, churches, and galleries. Don't miss Palazzo Rosso, a 17th-century baroque palace, or Galleria Nazionale, filled with important paintings.
  • Walk through the bizarrely beautiful Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno. It's famous for its marble and bronze sculptures as well as its Pantheon memorial.
  • Acquario di Genova is Europe's biggest aquarium, with over 50 tanks of species including sharks, dolphins, and seals.

Side Trips

  • Explore Nervi, 7 mi/11 km of east of Genoa, for its 300 acres of parks and seaside promenade.

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