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 been born.
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, including
Palazzo Rosso (now a museum), Palazzo
Bianco, Palazzo Grimaldi and Palazzo Reale.
The famous art college, Musei di Strada Nuova
and the Palazzo del Principe are also located
on this street.
Other landmarks of the city include St. Lawrence Cathedral (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo),
the Old Harbor (Porto Antico), transformed into a mall by architect Renzo Piano, and
the famous cemetery of Staglieno, renowned for its monuments and statues. The
Museo d’Arte Orientale has one of the largest collections of Oriental art in Europe.
Other than the old city sights, Genoa also has a large aquarium located in the abovementioned
old harbor. The port of Genoa also contains an ancient lighthouse, called La
Lanterna (i.e., “the lantern”). It is the oldest working lighthouse in the world, one of the
five tallest ones, and the tallest brick one and it is Genoa’s landmark.
One of the most beautiful and pictoresque Genoese neighbourhood is Boccadasse on
the east of the city.