Is truly a port town. Home to sailing ships for hundreds of years (other than an attempt to claim Columbus as Genovese) it makes a lot of sense, has a great architectural old city and an interesting Maritime Museum.
Taking off by myself, I ran into a couple of the kids partway through the day. There is a lovely old part to the city with narrow streets, cobbles and a tendency to large ornate buildings which were palaces of one style or another in the past with many now serving as either public buildings or museums.
We never did figure out why, but for some reason or another most of the stores were not open until 1500 which coincidentally just happend to be the time at which we needed to be back at the ship.
I wasn’t really looking to shop, not sure about the kids. I found the area of the old synagogue (but didn’t hike there) altho you can see the pattern in the wooden ceiling of a building portico along one of the major avenues.
I spent most of my time enjoying the old doors, windows and lintels before ending my visit at the Maritime Museum. Not only was there a great exhibit of the old galleys (complete with a history of the slaves and ships) but a nice exhibit of emigrants leaving Genoa as one of the major Italian ports for those heading to America.
Nice architecture, neat kids.
Your photos of Genoa make me want to visit it. That and my memory of a dinner at a small NE Portland prix fixe restaurant by the same name.