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Travel Tips to Genoa (GOA)
Genoa: A port city beyond compare
In 2004, Genoa along with Lille in France was designated as the culture capital of Europe. Two years later, UNESCO declared some parts of the historic town as World Heritage Sites. These two events have greatly influenced the positive development of Genoa. The capital of the Liguria region has played a significant role in its existence for many centuries, owing to its natural harbours. Historians believe that the region of today’s Genoa was already populated before the birth of Christ. A flight to Genoa will enable you to discover the heart of Liguria. The city borders the so-called Riviera di Levante in the south east and the Riviera di Ponente in the south west, with a land mass of more than 35 km.
Porto Antico – Genoa’s landmarks
This ancient harbour was selected as part of the World Exhibition in Genoa in 1992 to symbolize the city and its complete renovation. As well as a variety of museums available, there are also a significant number of exquisite yachts with antique loading facilities and floating crane. The “Long Henry” crane, built in 1915, serves its purpose in the imperial shipyard of Wilhelmshaven. The floating crane was acquired by the Maestrale Genova in the 1990s. A further highlight of the old port is, without a doubt, the pirate ship which was built for Roman Polanski’s “Pirates” in the 1980s. It is a replica of a Spanish liner at the turn of the 17th century.
City gate from the Middle Ages
Built in 1161, the Porta Soprana was part of the city wall which surrounded the regions Castrum, Civitas and Burgus. Subsequently, another two gates were built – Porta Aurea and Port Santa Fede – making three gates in all with two towers each. The Porta Soprana was built for the travellers entering the city from the east. This gate was one of the best structures of medieval times in Genoa, standing at the highest point on the plains of Sant’Andrea.
Tour the second largest aquarium in Europe
The Aquarium of Genoa opened in 1992 as part of the 500-year anniversary of the discovery of America. A visit to all 70 tanks of the aquarium takes approximately two and a half hours. Time well spent observing the beauty of sharks, dolphins, seals and other sea creatures available. The extension of the aquarium is connected to the freshwater habitat and a unique rainforest replica. When you book flights to Genoa with FlyDoha, the experience will be unforgettable!