Genova (Genoa) is a city and the most important seaport in northern Italy and all the mediteranean sea, and the capital of the region of Liguria (Ligury). The city has a population of abt. 620,000 and the urban area has a population of abt 890,000. Was the city of the ancient Ligurians.
The flag of Genoa is the St. George's flag, a red cross on a lime white field, almost identical to the Flag of England. Probably the flag of Genoa was adopted by England and the City of London in 1190 so their ships entering the Mediterranean would benefit from the protection of the powerful Genovese fleet.
Genoa's history goes back to ancient times. The first historically known inhabitants of the area are the Ligures, an Italic tribe around 2500 bC.
In 1797, under pressure from Napoleon, Genoa became a French protectorate called the Ligurian Republic, which was annexed by France in 1805. This affair is commemorated in the famous first sentence of Tolstoy's War and Peace.
Palace of the Doges
Palazzo Rosso Museum
St. Lawrence Cathedral
The Old Harbor (Porto Antico)
Cemetery of Staglieno
Museo d'Arte Orientale (Oriental Art Museum)
The neighbourhood of Boccadasse
An ancient lighthouse called La Lanterna
The Acquarium (must see this)