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Palazzo San Giorgio, Genoa

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When near Genoa's port, don't miss the chance to admire the masterful exterior fresco of Palazzo San Giorgio, one of the city's most iconic buildings. Built in the 13th century, the palace was the first public building in the Republic of Genoa. During a period of bitter rivalry between Genoa and Venice, it served as a prison for several notable Venetians, including Marco Polo. The highlight of the structure is its elaborate facade, whose trompe-l'oeil makes it appear covered in statues from a distance. Nowadays the building houses the main port authority, and while tours of the interior are not regularly organized, you can enter by booking a free tour by telephone in advance. A visit to Palazzo San Giorgio represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Genoa trip builder to plot your vacation.
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  • Situated behind the old harbour in piazza caricamento, stands out for its vivacity of color not passing unnoticed in the eyes of tutti.una visit is a must. Unfortunately I walked inside and I do not know give indication.
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  • Notable medieval building, partially restored in the 16th century, whereby today shows two different faces: a Goth (side towards the caruggi) and Renaissance (side towards the port). With its size and its appearance does not go unnoticed and dominates the large open area behind the porto antico (piazza Caricamento). I don't know if it's most beautiful gothic porch and Windows triforate the remaining part, or the Renaissance with the splendid paintings on the façade, including St George Slaying the Dragon. Unfortunately we didn't have time to check the possibility to visit the Interior, so I have no news about them.
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  • Towers over the old port; He can be seen walking up the steps of the Metro station, with its grandeur of the Renaissance, medieval, and seriousness that characterizes the opposite façade, Sottoripa. Two souls, two shipping, port and economic history of Genoa, worth researching in depth in other forums. Named Palazzo del Mare and the Palazzo delle Compere, for administrative functions that took over the centuries, has lent its deepest walls as a cell for Marco Polo. His artistic evolution, regarding the general appearance, goes through many adaptations, alterations and renovations that have taken place over the centuries who remember OS. If you turn your back on piazza Caricamento, the red brick and original medieval crenellations of the project, in the portion of the left, while the painted plaster covers the façade of more recent expansion in the Renaissance era and that it is worth to admire especially the side mar, where there is more clearly the prospect of the façade on the killing of the Dragon by Saint George. EPIC scene, an ancient symbol and vivid.
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  • Situated in the Piazza Caricamento, it was built in 1260 by the uncle of the first Doge of Genoa. Later, it was a prison, and Marco Polo was its most famous resident at some point. Very nice area , especially in summertime.
  • Very nice fasade. A pity that viaduct passing so close so not possible to see it from the sea coast.
  • The site of the oldest European bank. Very beautiful and really interesting
  • One of the best building in town showing the architectural style of Genoa. A must see.
  • Looks nice. It's an administrative building.