Sunday March 29, 2020

A city for the ages

Genoa's power as a port allowed it to grow from a Renaissance jewel into a bastion of 19th century elegance, and its inimitable style is still evident today, writes Conor Power.

16th March, 2014
Genoa combines crusty mariner, Renaissance opulence, 19th century elegance and 21st century style

Genoa is a paradox of a city. It is Italy's most important port and is part of the industrialised north, yet a stroll through its streets can often feel closer to Marrakesh than to Milan. I met a neighbour who recently came back from visiting Genoa and who said that they didn't like it; that it was ''dangerous and seedy.

Another friend of mine is a big fan of Genoa and says that it's his...

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