Genoa is often overlooked as a tourist destination but it is rich in history and historic buildings.
The vicoli or lanes of the city center contain medieval buildings and many churches and interesting sites. On the edge of the Vicoli lies Via Garibaldi a pedestrian cobblestone street where the Renaissance and Baroque style mansions of the rich families of Genoa can be found. Via Garibaldi was also known as Strada Nuova (new road) but was renamed in 1882 to honor Garibaldi hero of the Unification of Italy. Today it contains the Musei di Strada Nuova - three museums which are Palazzo Rosso where there are paintings by Van Dyck, Veronese and Guercino amongst others, Palazzo Bianco with paintings by Caravaggio Rubens and Murillo and Palazzo Doria-Tursi where the salons used for official functions by the Mayor of Genoa can be visited as well as art galleries and exhibits of Genoese weights and measures, coins and other interesting objects used by the Genoese Republic. These three museum are well worth a visit because the buildings are in excellent condition with all the original frescoes and stuccos some of the furnishings and are a magnificent sight. At the end of Via Garibaldi is Piazza Fontane Marose which leads into Via XXV Aprile where more mansions can be seen these however are still occupied by the noble families who built them at the end of this road is the Teatro Carlo Felice and Piazza de Ferrari with the beautiful monumental fountain and the main shopping arcaded avenue leading off of it. It's a short stroll down Via Garibaldi to these other streets but how much history they all hold and the shopping is great too.
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