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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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  • Palace decorated in soft colours and elegant, masterfully, absolutely gorgeous. Strange to see him near the port, would be better off in an upscale neighborhood.
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  • At Palazzo San Giorgio, site of the port of Genoa, exhibitions, conferences, congresses. It is therefore recommended to seek information on the net, if when you in Genoa, takes place one of the many initiatives that animate a building which, at the time of the maritime Republic, was the headquarters of the world's oldest Bank Banco San Giorgio. It financed the Kings of Spain and France, especially for their expenses. Of course, being allocated to the far north of the old port, the visit can be understood in the broader itinerary, including the latter's Superb historical centre.
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  • Located in front of the port, was in ancient times the first thing they saw newcomers to the city, originally headquarters of the customs... today is a centre of exhibitions and unpublish
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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.