forte_teclaThe forts of Genoa are a set of military fortifications dating back to different eras, the Republic of Genoa built to defend the urban area of ​​Genoa during its history.

This defensive system marks the events of much of the city's history, as if to punctuate the complex theory of the seven walls which have overlapped in time.

Among these, the six-eighteenth-century walls still encircle the crown heights which are the first spur of the imminent Ligurian Apennines and are the longest city walls in Europe and second in the world after the Great Wall of China.

Forte dei RattiMuch of the Genoese fortifications are still visible and in some cases also visited. The major fortifications (total 16) must be added those built to the west, on the heights between Cornigliano and Sestri Ponente, in the second half of the nineteenth century (Casale Erselli Forte, Forte Monte Cross, demolished in 1959, and Fort Monte Guano), as well as the bastion San Bernardino, the nineteenth-century towers (not completed, except for the Tower and the San Bernardino Quezzi) and numerous shore batteries, some of which still exist (the best known of these is known as the Battery Vagno).

  • Forts along the perimeter of the New Walls:
Forte Castellaccio - Tower Observatory
Forte Sperone
Strong Begato
Forte Tenaglia

  • Strong external walls (heights of Sampierdarena):
Forte Crocetta
Forte Belvedere (no longer extant)

  • Strong on the ridges north of the walls:
Strong Puin
Strong Younger Brother
Strong Big Brother (demolished in 1932)
Strong Diamond

  • Strong east (Val Bisagno, Albaro):
Fort St. Julian (now the Regional Command of the Carabinieri)
Fort San Martino
Strong Santa Tecla
Strong Quezzi
Fort Richelieu
Strong Monteratti

  • Strong westerly nineteenth century (Cornigliano - Sestri Ponente):
Strong Mount Cross (demolished in 1959)
Strong Casale Erselli
Forte Monte Guano
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arenzano_Aereasantuarioarenzano arenzano_mappa Negrotto Villa Cambiaso is a late nineteenth century building located in the center of the city park of Arenzano near Genoa.

Named after the Marchioness Matilda Negrotto Cambiaso, her owner in the twentieth century. It is now the town hall of Arenzano.

In the place where it is now Negrotto Villa Cambiaso stood in medieval times a square tower about 21 meters high. In 1558 the Marquis Tobia Pallavicino Arenzano acquired in the territory of a vast plot that included the area of ​​today's park and he built a house adjacent to the existing tower.

The villa was once a suburban summer residence, as fashionable among the rich Genoese families, and agricultural center, and this was not surrounded by a park, but from an ordered set of fields. Just west of the terraces were used as a real garden.

The situation remained the same until the end of the nineteenth century, when in 1880 the Marchesa Luisa Sauli Pallavicini wanted to renovate and refurbish the house, creating an elegant park instead of cultivated fields. The design was commissioned architect Luigi Rovelli who had already dealt with similar
accommodations for the villa and grounds of Count Eugenio Figoli Des Geneys Arenzano or to the park of Villa Brignole Sale Duchess of Galliera in Genoa Voltri.

Arenzano is part of the Beigua Regional Park and the park is a place of transit of different species of birds. In addition to the typical species dell'aviofauna Ligurian (sparrows, blackbirds, pigeons, gulls) you may encounter several species of geese and ducks, like mallards, ciuffata the duck, the Muscovy duck.
In the west also lies behind the house a colony of peacocks. In the tanks at the entrance of the villa experience various turtles.



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Forte_Diamante Genova Forte_Diamante Genova_mappa The first project of the Fort Diamond dates back to 1747 but the actual construction began in 1756.

Other transformations avvenirono in 1814 by the Engineers Sardo. Its permanent abandonment, which lasts until today, is dated 1914.

The Fort Diamond is the station that is located further north within the walls of Genoa, also no longer located in the municipality of Genoa, but in the town of Sant'Olcese, only strong to be outside the boundaries of the municipality.

The fort is located on Diamond Mountain Diamond and is reachable by Val from Val Polcevera Bisagno, valleys on which the fort is dominant. The easiest way is still the one that comes from Forte Sperone and can arrive on foot, past the Fort Puin and Younger Brother, to the seat of Diamond and then the final section (shared between all access roads) with 14 switchbacks that climb up to the Fort.

Once at the top of the Diamond is the entrance of the fort, originally equipped with a drawbridge that is the Savoy coat of arms. The fort is now devoid of iron structures, including the grilles to protect the trap doors, removed during the Second World War. Despite the state of neglect, the structure, considering the position domiante the Apennines and the type of fortification, it is very scenic and charming.
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palazzo_ducalePalazzo_Ducale_insiemePalazzo Ducale is one of the most important buildings in Genoa. Its history reflects in many ways the story of the power of Genoa, has been inhabited since the Captains of the People and the Doges, but not limited to, the history of the Palazzo Ducale can also be constituted by the history of remaking, restructuring in centuries.
A mirror of the artistic and architectural styles that have characterized the history of art from '200 to '800.

Palazzo Ducale is a large monumental building of 35,000 square meters and with a volume of 250,000 cubic meters. The palace is spread between via Tommaso Reggio, Piazza Matteotti, Piazza De Ferrari and ascent of the Archbishopric and the Fondaco. It has two inputs from Piazza Matteotti and Piazza De Ferrari. Having been a place of power for many centuries and was born from the aggregation and enlargement of earlier medieval buildings, is strongly affected by the blend of the medieval parts, sixteenth century, neoclassic, neomedievaliste and actions of Civil Engineers following the bombing of 1942. Below, the description will be focusing on the current state of the Palazzo Ducale.

The structural and architectural elements are many, and have also been changed and remodeled over the centuries. Today the Palazzo Ducale has become the Palace of Culture and Cultural Heritage, aims to be multifunctional cultural space. To make more accessible the building, between the porch and first floor mezzanine was created, the final restoration, a ramp system, called Hanging Road, a system of paths that has the intent to revitalize the relationship between the ducal and the ancient city. The facility is modern and has been inserted in the spaces destroyed by bombing in '44. Because of the fire of 1777, the decorations have been lost of the Sale of the Councils. Those of the Great Council were made ​​by the Bolognese Marco Antonio Franceschini, those were the Minor Council of the Neapolitan Francesco Solimena. In the time of the Great Council Medal, Domenico Tiepolo had painted "The Massacre of the Giustiniani at Chios", also lost to landslides.

Left abandoned for a long time, and used as headquarters of the judicial offices in the seventies before the construction of the new courthouse Portoria, has seen her complete restoration at the Columbus celebrations of 1992 were commemorated with which Christopher Columbus and the five hundredth discovery of America.

It houses the main floor, major art exhibitions, debates and conferences (held in the frescoed halls of the Major and the Minor Council) and, in the courtyards and arcades, shops and eateries.



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