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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  • August 15, 2017
    Palazzo San Giorgio after the restoration and recovery of the oldest part of the harbour during the event "1992 Colombian", is back to its former glory. Well worth a visit with its beautiful rooms. Many times these, host themed exhibitions, almost always about the sea and ships. So you could enjoy a double opportunity. The building in the middle ages (see the exterior North towards Sottoripa) was seat of City Government, and that in the Renaissance (see South side porto antico), was the site of the first bank in the world, now is the headquarters of the port authority. And George, in the large central fresco above the entrance to sea side, which pierces the Dragon and protects Genova ... no coincidence that "la Superba".
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  • August 10, 2017
    A beautiful Palace, you must have seen, if you are interested in architecture. Nice located.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Next to Piazza Caricamento, loading and unloading of goods at the time of the Republic, the building has a façade painted with figures of its history and a retro full brick with a Porte Cochere close to which there are holes in which citizens communicate with their local councillors. Inside, in addition to the monumental Room shopping (not always you could haggle outdoors, in piazza!) there is a beautiful wooden/Council room worked, which is accessed by a vestibule of tile arabe ranging certainly views.
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  • The painted building in the port spoilt by the raised freeway but worth a visit to the nice little courtyard.
  • 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
  • the most beautiful facade in Genoa

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