Genoa is a city of contrasts, sometimes of extremes. A city of surprises, a city of art and an industrial centre.

It has Italy’s largest port but nearby there are beautiful and crowded beaches; glass skyscrapers stand alongside medieval towers, modern offices are located in former palaces that are still largely intact.

It is a city that has always been a crossroads of cultures and peoples.
Genoa’s history dates back 26 centuries and legend has it that it was founded by Janus, the twofaced deity that presided over gates and doorways. Indeed, Genoa has always been a “gateway” to civilisation, linking East and West, the Mediterranean and Europe.