Boggi Cities

Porto Antico, Genoa

Galata Museo del Mare, Genova

 

Porto Antico is an area of Genoa that was historically the city’s principal harbour and that has now been refurbished according to a design by architect Renzo Piano, recovering areas that had fallen into disuse. Today it comprises many attractions, principally the Aquarium, the ‘Bigo’ panoramic lift based on traditional harbour cranes, restaurant Eataly, a Museum dedicated to football team Genoa, another dedicated to the Antarctic, and the maritime museum Galata Museo del Mare, one of whose exhibits is the submarine Nazario Sauro moored outside. Visiting the sub’s interior is an evocative experience. The ‘Galeone Neptune’ is another distinctive highlight, a reproduction of a 17th-century Spanish galleon built in 1985 for Roman Polanski’s film Pirates. In this case, the interiors are much less impressive than the exteriors. In addition, there are many shops, restaurants and bars, as well as a multiplex cinema, making Porto Antico a pole of attraction for residents and visitors.