Genoa is a beautiful place to live for a family with children.
The city is located on the North West Italian coast: along 30 km of the magnificent Italian Riviera, Genoa lies nestled between the Sea of Liguria and the Apennine mountains. It has a Mediterranean climate, characterized by warm to hot, humid summers and mild to cool, wet winters. The Cinque Terre, the French Riviera and the Alps are only a two-hour drive away. Easy access also to other famous Italian cities, such as Milan, Turin, Florence, Venice, just to name a few. Genoa is the 6th largest city in Italy with a population of over 600,000 and has one of the most extensive and interesting historic districts of any city in Europe.
Genoa’s history goes back to ancient times, along with the Romans and the Greeks. Genoa, was known as one of the four Maritime Republics of the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages. Due to its glorious past, Genoa is also called “La Superba” (the Superb). Areas of the historical center have been on the World Heritage List since 2006, and in 2004 Genoa was also nominated Capital of Culture of the European Union. Churches, palaces, promenades, the old harbour, museums, walls and fortresses are just a few of the many sights of the city.
The economy of Liguria is based on commerce and tourism as well as high-quality and high-tech products. In 2004 Genoa was named a European Capital of Culture. Genoa is the cradle of pesto sauce. Genovese cuisine embraces other specialties, such as focaccia, farinata, ravioli, pansoti, minestrone, and lots of fish and seafood.