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Wedged between the mountains and the sea in the North West corner of Italy, Genoa is often overlooked by tourists. This may be because its ancient port is still busy, meaning it is dominated by cranes and warehouses, but the medieval old town is one of the best in Europe and there is plenty for visitors to see and do. The town of six hundred thousand inhabitants sprawls along the coast and up into the hills.
Genoa was heavily bombed when occupied by Germany during the Second World War, and there is still an unexploded British bomb in the San Lorenzo Cathedral. Since its year as European Capital of Culture in 2004, Genoa has begun an extensive rejuvenation programme overseen by architect Renzo Piano.
Of the many things originating in Genoa, pesto, a sauce made from crushed basil leaves, parmesan and pine nuts, along with Italian football, are the best known. Notable Genovese inhabitants included Giuseppe Mazzini who spearheaded the movement for Italian unity in the nineteenth century.
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Holy week is a special time in Genoa with unique celebrations. Altars of the Deposition, with flowers, candles, and sumptuous materials are set up on Maundy Thursday to hold the Eucharist. A procession, known as the Procession of the Confraternities, also takes place on Maundy Thursday involving the seven oldest churches in the city. This tradition dates back to the fifteenth century.
International Poetry Festival
The festival takes place in June and is the most important poetry event in Italy. There are readings, talks, and shows in various locations throughout Genoa, culminating in the Great Night of Poetry at the Strada Nuova palace. The festival also includes short meetings known as ‘poetic bites’ that allow visitors to better understand the work of the poets involved.
The Genoa International Boat Show
The Genoa International Boat Show takes place in October and is an occasion not to be missed. It showcases over two thousand boats and takes over eight kilometres of the Genovese coast line including jetties, bridges, quays and elevated promenades.
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Flight time from Australia to Genoa is around twenty seven to thirty one hours, and most routes stop over in Hong Kong and Rome. Some of the airlines that operate on this route include Cathy Pacific, Qantas, Air One, and Virgin Atlantic.