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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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  • on the edge of the Harbor, occupies the historical building of interesting engraving outside of a building, I'm sure you'll see ...
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  • The Genoese played a massive part in the history of Istanbul where they built the famous Galata Tower. To celebrate getting one over on the Venetians, they built identical Palazzi in both Istanbul and...  more »
  • It is a beautiful medieval palace in two styles, an area that served as a prison and now headquarters of the maritime administration, bears the name of one of the patrons of Genoa, St. George
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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.