Genoa: Exploring On Foot & Discovering Columbus

From the Piazza de Ferrari, we set out to explore the nearby neighborhoods. With the help of the map from the HOHO pamphlet that was given to us we first walked a few blocks and turned left. According to the map, this way we would easily reach the Via XX Settembre, which is one of the famous streets in Genoa. This is the shopping "district" so to speak. It's a long street, that features a mixture of high end stores with names you can easily identify and some low end stores, like Chinese bric-bracs. The part of the street that we tackled have covered walkways and incredible marble inlaid floors. This is definitely a good place to feel the pulse of the city. We walked a few blocks, then crossed the street and walked back from that side. I got too excited when I spotted a store of French cosmetics/fragrance that I used to use exclusively (I don't anymore because I'm now allergic to perfume) a long time ago. Before I could only get them via catalog [I was in Bali in Jan. 2016 and found another store there.) I made an attempt to browse inside the store, but I was fully cognizant that there was no budget for such a luxury at that time.

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Covered sidewalk

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Covered sidewalk, other side

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Marble inlaid sidewalk floor

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Street view

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Another street view

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Condom vending machine

The husband was amused by the condom vending machine, he begged me to photograph it. I don't know how I feel about this. On the one hand, they probably don't have convenience stores there like 7-11 that are open 24 hours where you can get these items, so a vending machine is probably necessary.

As much as we enjoyed the window shopping, we have reached the starting point of Piazza de Ferrari and from here we took the right side and ended up walking narrow street flanked by beautiful old buildings. I noticed a church, but it was closed. At the end of this narrow street was a little courtyard and a magnificent church, the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo with its black and white marble facade. I was breathless. The church is so beautiful. It made my day. In front of the church school children were eating their lunch. The church was closed, a pity. I regret that I didn't know about this church before coming here because from reading about it, this is a very historical church and it contained some artworks, especially one item that I wanted to see.

Narrow street

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Chiesa del Gesu e dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea

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Cattedrale di San Lorenzo

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Lion statue by the stairs

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More details

Pity it's closed

Here from wikipedia:

The Museum of the Treasury lies under the cathedral and holds a collection of jewellery and silverware from 9 AD up to the present. Among the most important pieces are the sacred bowl (it:Sacro Catino) brought by Guglielmo Embriaco after the conquest of Caesarea and supposed to be the chalice used by Christ during the Last Supper; and the Cassa Processionale del Corpus Domini.

Once I had taken all the photographs I wanted (not really) we got stir crazy again and so we walked back, passing small eateries and shops. We contemplated on getting something to eat, but for some reason I never get hungry while touring on port days. Don't know why! But that's good for my pocket book and my waist line.

Meandering through the narrow cobblestones while enjoying the architecture and being enveloped in rich culture - this was how a port day should be. Soon we reached the end of the road. We reached the gate with two towers or Torri di Porta Soprana.


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Torri di Porta Soprana

Near the gates we stumbled upon the house where Christopher Columbus was born and raised. It is a simple brick house that you can easily pass by without noticing, but since we were in sightseeing mode, we found it. By the way, I was not aware that the famous explorer called this city home so I was so surprised.

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Christopher Columbus house

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Second floor

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Also nearby stood the St. Andrew's cloisters which are the remains of an ancient monatery near the Soprana gates.



  1. You took fantastic shots. I'd love to visit there.

  2. That's definitely a very posh area to go shopping!
    You're allergic to perfumes? Oh no! I couldn't leave the house without spraying some on myself. And LOL on that condom vending machine. :p

  3. Helllo, beautiful tour and wonderful street scenes. Looks like a wonderful place to visit. Happy February, enjoy your new week!

  4. I've never seen condom vending machines on the streets only in toilets. Genoa looks beautiful especially those covered sidewalks.

  5. Such a stunning city. Thanks so much for including your post in this weeks "Through my Lens"

    Mersad Donko Photography

  6. wonderful photos and history, nice to see the old buildings.

  7. I have to say I am surprised to see how opulent Genoa is. This attests of how rich the city was when their empire was at its zenith. Now, I want to stop by! looks so cool!

  8. A fine group of street and sidewalk images. You make the area look very attractive.

  9. I've never been here. In fact it's a lovely neighbourhood to explore. Would 1 day be enough to see what it offers or you would recommend stay there two days or even more?

  10. I'd love to visit Genoa one day. Sounds like you guys had a nice walk around the city. I love the architecture and designs of the buildings.

  11. Gorgeous photography and what a place to see for you and us!

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

  12. Thank you for the gorgeous virtual tour!! So much of history too!!

  13. I will make sure to check out Genoa next time I visit Italy. ^0^

    ps: they have lots of "that" vending machine. I also took photos of them. ^-^
    have a fantastic weekend.

  14. Beautiful pictures!! I almost visited Genoa last year, now I don't know when I will, I hope soon. It looks amazing :D

    Thank you for joining #MondayEscapes

  15. What delightful memories of my visit to Genoa your post awakened in me! Lovely photos and great post.
    Many thanks for participating in the Travel Tuesday meme, don;t forget to link up again this week!


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