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GENOA  

Enclosed between the coastal area and back-lying hills, the city is wedged in the Polcevera Bisagno Valleys. It’s Italy’s main port and one of the major ones in the Mediterranean..
From an artistic point of view, Genoa has lived two particular flourishing moments: the Medieval and the period between the 16th and 17th Centuries.
The ancient part is characterized by a compact nucleus of old districts which can be visited in the area between the port and S. Lorenzo and between Piazza de Farrari and Via Garibaldi: these areas are famous due to their entanglement of straight alleyways which took the characteristic name of Carugi.

The new residential area, initiated since the 16th Century, has the present day Via Garibaldi - one of the most monumental City roads in Italy – and Via Balbi as the two principal roads: the area is characterized by pre-Baroque and Baroque buildings such as Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Rosso, seats of the homonymous Art Gallery.
The Genoese cultural life in the Renaissance and Baroque courts is testified by the presence of very famous artists such as Luca Cambiaso, Rubens, Van Dyck, and the Architect Alessi: a true and proper capital of art, opened to Europe...

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