However, one shouldn't forget that in 16th
century Genoa was the richest city of Europe.
This lion, that for Europeans as symbol firmly associates with Venice, reminds me about that time, when the Republic of Genoa (La Superba) competed with Venice (La Serenissima).
Aristocratic families moved in those times from the old blocks to the new street - Strade Nuove, which now forms three streets - Via Garibaldi, Via Balbi and Via Cairoli.
A rich seafarer Admiral Andrea Doria built here - that is now Via Garibaldi - his palace, in which city hall is placed now and a valuable art collection as well.
We visited also the Palace of the Doges, from which you can directly reach the most beautiful and famous Ferrari Square. The square is named after Raffaele de Ferrari, Duke of Gallier and therefore it has nothing to do with the famous automobile brand.
In the center there is the building of Exchange. This is the New Exchange, built in 1808. The old one was the first exchange in Italy and was placed in the Loggia dei Merkanti (1570) at the Banki Square.
Towards evening it was necessary to return to the port in order to make evening photographs of the lighthouse Lanterna. And we did not have time to view so many places!