Genoa, in Italian "Genova," is the capital of the region of Liguria and the sixth largest city in Italy, located on the northwestern coastline of the country on Genoa Bay. It is home to the largest seaport in Italy, and was awarded European Capital of Culture in 2004.
The land was originally a Greek colony, begun around the 6th Century BC, though many historians have produced evidence that the bay was used and inhabited since much earlier, by the Estruscans. Just before the 12th Century, the city became the Republic of Genoa, a powerful Italian city-state.
Today, it is known for its beauty, culture, waterfront and Meditteranean beaches, architecture, colorful buildings, warm climate, cuisine, arts, and business district.
People Born in Genoa
Genoa in People's Lives
Hermann Hesse: I traveled here in September of 1911 to board a German ship headed for India. I was accompanied by a friend of mine, a painter. This voyage was mainly being made to temporarily escape an increasingly strained marriage with my wife back home in Switzerland.
Milo Ventimiglia: I traveled here in 2013 to film scenes of the movie Grace of Monaco.
Napoleon Bonaparte: I was sent here in 1794 by Augustin Robespierre, on a diplomatic mission to ascertain what Italian intentions and feelings toward France were.