Piazza Banchi
Piazza Banchi
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REDMAN
Egaleo, Greece4,953 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Beautiful neighborhood, a quiet place, but some parts, especially with a wheelchair, are hard to get...
Written June 25, 2022
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tRAVellerOfTheW0rld
Almere, The Netherlands1,726 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
When strolling through surprising Genoa, we headed up to the port, when we passed this nice looking square. It is called Piazza Banchi (Italian for bank) after the many money exchange stalls under the porticoes of the buildings at the square. It was the location of the grain market in the 12th Century. Most of the square was destroyed by a fire in 1398. During the 16th Century the reconstruction of Piazza Banchi was completed. In 1855 it became the site of the first Stock Exchange in Italy.
Today there are several shops and some fixed kiosks in the center of the square selling souvenirs and flowers. Also take a look at the Church of San Pietro in Banchi, which is located above the commercial buildings. The church was financed by the sale of the shops below. In fact this was a compromise between the retailers, who wanted the area for trading and the people who wanted a church. Most interesting square.
Written September 20, 2015
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Christina C
Coquitlam, Canada6,336 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
When I first stepped foot in this piazza I felt something different. Besides the locals using it as a passage to other places, the piazza has shops as well. There is a 15th Century Church of San Pietro, raised above the street level with its two bell towers as a backdrop. It draws tourists like me to this piazza. Happy Travelling!
Written December 27, 2019
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Vince D
England, UK276 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
It is not much of a square when you first look at it, but for people watching, you get the atmosphere of italian city life. In the evening there normally was some one basqueing, some times good, others .... a question of taste.
There is a newsagents stand and one for secondhand CDs, and a church.
It is a short walk to the Port and the aquarian, the side streets and many shops from hardware to vegetable stores, bakers and even a mini supermarket (that sounds like a contradiction!) Towards the port was an abundance of bars and cafes. Slightly farther was the "old town" or so I was told where some of the older shops existed.
Written July 9, 2016
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Badbones
Brisbane Region, Australia378 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
We were fortunate enough that we saw some very old photos of Genova and among them was a great one of this little gem of a meeting place, showing it to be a important meeting area in the early days of trading here. As the previous reviewer pointed out, the area was much closer to the water then , but is now an area that is much traversed because of it's position in a "crossroads" area. It is only small, but stay and ponder awhile here, as the church [ not built for a church ] is really a lovely design and the setting does take one back to the glory trading days.
Written July 4, 2014
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Rasputin21
Ashburton, Australia2,243 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011
Piazza Banchi is close to both the port area and the carrugi of Genova. It was once much closer to the port and was one of the gateways where trading would take place. Some people wanted to build a church but the city administrators said there was no money for that, so some enterprising souls decided to build a church with shops/money exchange banks under it - San Pietro in Banchi (Banks). The rent from these paid for the building of the church. One of its chapels was erected in thanksgiving for the ending of the 1579 plague and a note of this is made on one of the paintings of the Virgin Mary. Piazza Banchi is quite small and generally has some stalls selling souvenirs and flowers. Local people warn that it is quite an area for petty theft, so keep your valuables under guard. The shops under the church are not open on Mondays. The church dominates the piazza is unique.
If the church is open, make sure you visit it and make a donation to its restoration. The front is covered in fading frescoes and fake multicoloured stonework. This is in keeping with the tradition of painting false windows on the front of buildings. The inside walls are covered in white marble. There are large paintings and excellent marble statuary. The small done has an octagonal base with stucco decoration.
The missionary tradition of this church continued for many years with it being the departure point for many missionaries to far flung parts of the world.
The old office of Banco San Giorgio is almost a challenge to the church - the christian values of assisting the poor vs the current money worship.
A very beautiful statue in the church is one of Christ without hands. The plaque indicates that Christ does not have hands - he only has our hands to do his work today! A very sobering thought. You cannot walk away from this tiny church without feeling that you should be doing something humanitarian and worthwhile with your life.
Written October 22, 2011
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DeGustibus67
Turin, Italy16,286 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Like the picturesque Piazza San Matteo, this square also has a medieval atmosphere. The grain market once took place here, while the name derives from the fact that there were also money changers' stalls that occupied the porticoes of the buildings.

Destroyed in the 14th century (1398) by a devastating fire in 1398, it was only in the 16th century that the restoration of its palaces was completed, including the construction of a merchants' lodge indicated as the headquarters of bankers and money changers and in 1855 it became the seat of the first Goods and Securities Exchange in Italy.

Also noteworthy is the small Church of San Pietro in Banchi, an original religious building located above commercial establishments and commissioned by the population who wanted to build it to fulfill a vow.
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Written May 22, 2024
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nivolette73
Chambery, France3,138 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
one of the many small hidden squares of Genoa, where you come across by chance as you wander around
it is dominated by the church of the same name
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Written April 22, 2024
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Meri
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
Nice little square with a couple of second-hand book kiosks, I think, surrounded by alleys and a very pretty church, from which you can take cool photos. It's on the way to the Cathedral.
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Written September 7, 2023
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Ermanager
Province of Ascoli Piceno, Italy137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Small square in the heart of the historic center, overlooked by important buildings, first of all the church of San Pietro in Banchi. Busy at all hours, also because of the "banks" which in some way are still preserved as a legacy of the traders' posts that give it its name, and which were already there in medieval times.
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Written September 3, 2023
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