|Buon Giorno from Genoa....the birthplace of Christopher Columbus....this morning we went out on a walk around Genoa using a museum route map as our guide..........we came upon San Giovanni Evangelista Di Pre before heading down "Via Antonio Gramsci" where we saw il Galeone Neptune in the marina....the port is the heart of Genoa. Our first impression of this city is that it looked a little rough around the edges.....the cobble stone streets in some areas did not look very inviting. We continued our walk down "Via San Lorenzo" to Piazza San Lorenzo where we came upon the Gothic black and white marble Cattedrale di San Lorenzo which dates from the early 13th century, then to Piazza Matteotti, where we found the Palazzo Ducale adjacent to the Church of Gesu, a Baroque church built between 1589 and 1606. This church is also known as "Santi Ambrogio e Andrea". We then stepped out into Piazza De Ferrari with its bronze fountain. This Piazza was constructed in 1936 and its design is certainly in keeping with the design and construction of buildings from long ago....it looked like it had been there for ages, but isn't yet even one hundred years old. We then walked thru a covered shopping street which had apartments on the floors above it situated in the area where restored Teatro Carlo Felice is located....it would seem we had stumbled upon the more desirable area of Genoa where someone with wealth would be more likely to reside, right next to Piazza Corvetto. We continued down "Via Garibaldi", a street lined with palaces from days gone by which now house galleries and museums including the Palazzo Bianco and the Palazzo Rosso which had a fountain streaming into a pool containing carps and goldfish and where the bright orange Musei di Strada Nuova which had various gargoyle faces on its facade and an apartment building with statues over its entrance were located, across from the Palazzo Della Meridian which was being renovated. They were very interesting buildings. Ciao for now......