•  Cathedral of San Lorenzo - Adobe Stock - Liguria Digitale
    Cathedral of San Lorenzo

  • Giovanni Battista Carlone, Affreschi della cupola foto: Sailko CC3.0
    Chiesa del Gesù

  • Il Teatro Carlo Felice
    Teatro Carlo Felice

  • Palazzo Ducale
    Palazzo Ducale

  • Piazza Banchi
    Piazza Banchi

  • Piazza della Vittoria
    Piazza della Vittoria

  • Santa Maria di Castello - G. di Ravensburg, Annunciation (1451) - © Scala Archiv
    Santa Maria di Castello and the Torre Embriaci

  • Ponte Canale Rio Torbido Fornaci
    The historic aqueduct

  • Commenda di San Giovanni di Pré - interno
    Commenda di San Giovanni di Pré and Museum Theatre

  • Le torri di Sant'Andrea (Porta Soprana) attraverso il chiostro di Sant'Andrea
    Porta Soprana (Towers of Sant'Andrea) and Barbarossa Walls

  • Panorama sul porto con Lanterna
    Lanterna

  • Piazza De Ferrari
    De Ferrari Square

  • The funiculars: Principe - Granarolo and Righi - Zecca - Adobe Stock - Liguria D
    Funiculars and rack railway

  • Porta Siberia
    Porta Siberia

  • Il Santuario di Santa Caterina da Genova - interno
    The Santuario di Santa Caterina da Genova and the Museo dei Beni Culturali Cappuccini

  • Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno - Adobe Stock - Liguria Digitale
    Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno

  • The sixteenth-century façade of Palazzo San Giorgio
    Palazzo San Giorgio

  • Facade of the church of San Giorgio
    Church of San Giorgio

  • S.M di Castello - Mazone - Polittico dell'Annunciazione - 1469 - ©Archivio Scala
    The Church and the convent of Santa Maria di Castello

  • Chiesa di San Matteo - L.Cambiaso - Miracolo dei draghi d'Etiopia - SAILKO CC3.0
    San Matteo Church

Monuments and sacred places

From the Middle Ages to Baroque, from Rationalism to Liberty, from Romanticism to neo Gothic style. Between the mountains and the sea, in Genoa there are architectural and artistic signs of every time: the city is a scenography and its essence is well portrayed in the works of Lele Luzzati.

Especially in the Historic Centre, alleys and squares live together with buildings, which are located just a few meters one from the other, but divided by many centuries of history. Most of the ancient buildings of the area date back to the 11th and 13th century, but were subjected to modifications during the years, and new buildings joined the old ones, creating a mix of times and styles.

Many factors contributed to the variety of Genoese architecture: the habit to build on existing structures, recycling recovered materials from older buildings, many transformations and extensions of preexisting buildings and churches in times of richness and growth of the city, urban revolutions to improve the road network, the destruction brought by bombings and the following reconstructions. In fact the city was bombed at least in three occasions: the attack from the sea by the French fleet in 1684, the one perpetrated by the Savoia against the independentists in 1849 and the one by the Allies during the Second World War.

There is a long history of transformations and high quality architectural and urbanistic interventions, that is why architecture lovers will satisfy their desires exploring the city. If you want to travel trhough the Middle Ages will surely go looking for signs and itineraries in the Historic Centre. Tha Baroque style finds its expression in the churches and ratories of the Historic Centre, but also in the splendid Palazzi dei Rolli. The ones who love the Liberty style will find elgant testimonies in the straight roads and the tree-lined streets of the Foce, where even Rationalism left its spoor, especially in Piazza della Vittoria and in Via delle Brigate Partigiane.

The contemporary architecture lovers cannot miss the Porto Antico restored by Genoese contemporary architect Renzo Piano.

Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno - Adobe Stock - Liguria Digitale

The Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno is a true open-air museum and it is considered one of the most fascinanting and importnt in Europe....

 Cathedral of San Lorenzo - Adobe Stock - Liguria Digitale

The most important church in Genoa is the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo. The Genoese cathedral and the artistic representations on its walls...

Palazzo Ducale

Palazzo Ducale is one f the historic symbols of the city of Genoa: since 1339 it became the residence of the Doge and today it is the main...

The funiculars: Principe - Granarolo and Righi - Zecca - Adobe Stock - Liguria D

Genoa has a harsh territory and it always had to face a public transport issue. Many passengers have to be trasported to the top of steep hills around the...

The sixteenth-century façade of Palazzo San Giorgio

Palazzo San Giorgio is one of the most relevant and well-known historic buildings in Genoa. Nowadays it hosts the headquarters of the...

Facade of the church of San Giorgio

Pure Genoa in its veins. Although the Church of San Giorgio is not the only basilica in Genoa with ancient origins and the soldier-saint is...

Torre detta degli Embriaci - foto: Twice25 CC3.0

Nearby the Chiesa di Santa Maria di Castello, set among other buildings, rises the high Tower, traditionally known as “degli Embriaci”, which...

S.M di Castello - Mazone - Polittico dell'Annunciazione - 1469 - ©Archivio Scala

One of the most suggestive churches of the city of Genoa is indeed Santa Maria di Castello, located in the most ancient part of the city. Together the...

Giovanni Battista Carlone, Affreschi della cupola foto: Sailko CC3.0

The Chiesa del Gesù in maximum expression of international Baroque in Genoa, and here are preserved works of Rubens, Vouet and Carlone....

Le torri di Sant'Andrea (Porta Soprana) attraverso il chiostro di Sant'Andrea

Encompassing the three areas of the city – the castrum that developed on the hill of Castello, the civitas, which rose up around the...

Piazza Banchi

Located just off one of the most important docks in the city, this was once the site of Genoa’s old grain market, and was known as piazza "dei...

Piazza De Ferrari

Genoa's main square, a meeting and gathering place for important city events, is dedicated to Raffaele De Ferrari, the Duke of Galliera, a generous...

Il Teatro Carlo Felice

Teatro Carlo Felice is Genoa's opera house. Designed and built in 1827 by the architect Carlo Barabino, it was completely rebuilt...

Panorama sul porto con Lanterna

The very symbol of Genoa: rebuilt in 1543, it stands on a 40-metre-high rock, bringing the total height to 117 meters above sea level. The 172 stairs can be...

Porta Siberia

This massive building, dating back to 1551-53, is the work of Galeazzo Alessi and once formed part of the 16th-century walls. Its name derives from "cibaria...

Il Santuario di Santa Caterina da Genova - interno

Known as the building site of 16th-century Genoa, this church boasts works by the greatest painters of the second half of the 1500s, including Giovanni...

Piazza della Vittoria

Together with Piazza De Ferrari, which it is linked to by Via XX Settembre, Piazza della Vittoria – named in honour of Italy after the First World War...

Commenda di San Giovanni di Pré - interno

A sacred, uniquely intact Romanesque edifice, the “Commenda” is instantly recognisable from afar and, once seen, lingers long in the memory,...

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Ponte Canale Rio Torbido Fornaci

Genoa's historic aqueduct is an impressive structure, built to supply the city with water at the start of the 1200s and subsequently enlarged and...

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Chiesa di San Matteo - L.Cambiaso - Miracolo dei draghi d'Etiopia - SAILKO CC3.0

The church was founded in 1125 by Martino Doria and later rebuilt in a Gothic style. Visible under the right-hand window is the marble slab of the tomb of...