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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Palazzo San Giorgio by using our Genoa trip tool .
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  • Situated next to The Antico Port. Palazzo San Giorgio is home to the oldest Bank in the world and the site where Marco Polo, arrested after Genoa's victory over Venice at the Battle of Korcula in 1298, dictated the Rustichello da Pisa his famous travels (Book - Trips by Marco Polo). Today the Palace houses the Port Authority.
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  • This buildiong has an ancient history: on its base, marco Polo was kept in jail. The rooms are nice, well mantained,  more »
  • The palace of St. George is absolutely central in the port area and enhances even more the historical importance of the square
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  • It is arguably one of the most spectacular exterior Palazo in Genoa, with it's colourful painted artworks. It's right at the Old Port (Porto Antico). It was built mid 1200. Interesting bit of history that it was once used as a prison and Marco Polo was one of its most famous residents.
  • Beautifull place
  • Italy architectures at it's finest
  • Wonderful building due to its painted walls that makes this place an outdoor work of art. Its location near the harbour helps inmagination to go back in time where the building was surrounded by merchants and caravels.
  • Beautiful interior
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