2016-07-28 Porto Antico Marina, Genoa, Italy

One of the tourist attractions in the Genoa port is the replica of the 17th C Spanish galleon Neptune which was built for the Roman Polanski movie 'Pirates'
One of the tourist attractions in the Genoa port is the replica of the 17thC Spanish galleon, Neptune which was built for the Roman Polanski movie ‘Pirates’
The rather large figurehead on the  Neptune replica
The rather large figurehead on the Neptune replica
We set off into the old part of Genoa by the port
This morning we set off into the old part of Genoa by the port area

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We find the magnificent Cattedrale di San Lorenzo
We find the magnificent Cattedrale di San Lorenzo
The San Lorenzo Cathedral was constructed in the 1100's however it has been found that an earlier cathedral dating back to the 6th Century AD stood here
The San Lorenzo Cathedral was constructed in the 1100’s however it has been found that an earlier cathedral dating back to the 6th Century AD originally stood here 
After a fire destroyed much of the church in 1296 the present incredible facade was completed a few  years later in 1312
After a fire destroyed much of the church in 1296, the present quite amazing facade was completed a few years later in 1312
The fabulous interior of the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo
The fabulous interior of the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo
The famous Palazzo Ducale
The famous Palazzo Ducale
We visit another church called 'Chiesa del Gesù e dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea'
We visit another church called ‘Chiesa del Gesù e dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea’ 
The large, well photographed fountain of Piazza de Ferrari
The large, well photographed fountain of Piazza de Ferrari
 A rather stunning back drop for a small local market
A rather stunning backdrop for a small local market
One of the amazing buildings in Piazza Ferrari
One of the amazing buildings in by Piazza Ferrari
Motor bikes are in their tens of thousands parked around the centre of Genoa
Motor bikes are in their tens of thousands parked around the centre of Genoa

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We head towards a popular old part of town
We head towards a popular old part of Genoa around Via Dante, which has numerous restaurants and cafes
So many narrow alleyways in this area - it is hard to believe this truck managed to pass through
So many narrow alleyways in this area – it is hard to believe this truck managed to pass through
 One of the ancient entrance gates to Genoa,  called Porto Soprano
The ancient entrance gates to Genoa, called Porto Soprano by Via Dante
We stop to have some lunch in Cafe di Barbarossa in Salta del Prione
We stop to have some lunch in Cafe di Barbarossa in Salita del Prione
This is a wonderful old area of Genoa with lots of ancient narrow streets
This is a wonderful old area of Genoa with lots of ancient narrow streets

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A great view of the ancient gates from Cafe di Barbarossa
A great view of the ancient gates from Cafe di Barbarossa
Nearby we pass the house of famous explorer from Genoa, Christopher Columbus who was born in 1451
Nearby we pass the house of famous explorer from Genoa, Christopher Columbus who was born in 1451

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At Piazza Ferrari we buy some tickets for the Hop On Hop Off tourist bus to save our legs getting back to the boat and so we can spend the day hopping on and off the buses!!
At Piazza Ferrari we buy some tickets for the Hop On Hop Off tourist bus to save our legs getting back to the boat and also so we can spend the following day hopping on and off the buses!!
From the old buildings of Genoa by bus we pass some very modern ones!!
From the old buildings of Genoa by bus we pass some very modern ones!!

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The palacial train station, Stazione Marittima by the port
The wonderful old train station, Stazione Marittima by the port
The old buildings of the port by Strada Aldo Moro
The old buildings of the port by Strada Aldo Moro
 We arrive back at the port with the Hop On Hop Off bus at  stop no 1 at Piazza Caricamento
We arrive back at the port with the Hop On Hop Off bus at stop no 1 at Piazza Caricamento
 Busy port traffic in the evening as we head out for dinner
Busy port traffic in the evening as we head out for dinner
The large square Piazza Caricamento, was created in the 1800's as a loading square for the port however today is a pedestrian only area
The large square Piazza Caricamento, was created in the 1800’s as a loading square for the port however today it is a pedestrian only area
Tonight we have dinner at a restaurant close to the old port
Tonight we have dinner at a restaurant close to the old port called Vegia Zena
We arrive at an empty looking restaurant at 8pm!! Fortunately the other room, where we were seated was full!!
We arrive at an empty looking restaurant at 8pm!! Fortunately the other room, where we were seated was full!!
Ric orders a pleasant Montipulciano vino rosso
Ric orders a pleasant Montipulciano vino rosso
Mussels to share
Mussels to share
Wonderful local fresh lobster with spring vegetables
Wonderful local fresh lobster with spring vegetables
Amazing black ravioli filled with prawns
Amazing black ravioli filled with prawns
We take a stroll around the port before returning to the Tangaroa
We take a stroll around the port before returning to the Tangaroa

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