The port city, Genoa, is the capital of Italy's Liguria region and the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and pesto sauce. With a maritime trade that rivalled Venice over the centuries, Genoa’s medieval Old Town is as stunning as any other in Europe.
Genoa’s famously winding, narrow lanes open onto majestic squares like Piazza de Ferrari, site of an iconic bronze fountain and the Teatro Carlo Felice opera house. The city boasts a moored submarine, an aquarium and on the harbour front is the 14th century Palazzo San Giorgio.
Pesto & Focaccia
Genoa is known for its delicacies: pesto and focaccia. Both pesto and focaccia bread are thought to have originated in Genoa, making this the best place to eat them. See them being made in the traditional way and then taste them for yourself – you won’t find better.