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Today was a holiday in Italy called Epifania, celebrating when the three kings brought gifts for baby Jesus. This is the day when Italian children are given sweets in stockings - if they have been good - or a witch comes on her broomstick and places coal in the stocking if the child has been bad. I was delighted to receive a stocking of my own this morning from Chiara's parents, full of Gianduiotti, Torino's own chocolate.
I spent the day in Genova with Chiara's friend, Vanessa. Luckily the weather treated me well and we had the sun shining down on us, in spite of the cold wind. Vanessa was a great tour guide and took me all around the tiny streets of Genova, including a hidden square called 'Piazza dello Amor Perfetto' ('Square of Perfect Love'). Unfortunately, the piazza's name bears no relation to the actual piazza, where I found a greasy kebab shop. We then had a wonderful lunch at a restaurant near the port of antipasto, seafood risotto and gnocchi with Genova's claim to fame - pesto!
Afterwards, we strolled along the port with gelati and I visited the huge acquarium, which has everything from seahorses to seals and penguins (I felt a bit sorry for the penguins in their small enclosure though).