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Brief History of Genoa, Italy

Are you thinking of to spend your vacation in Europe? If yes, why not visit the Liguria region of Italy? Located at the northern part of Italy, Liguria region is commonly called as Italian Riviera. This land lies on Ligurian Sea and is near French Riviera and Monaco. The region of Liguria is home to many villages and the port of the city of Genoa. This city, which is home to 6,000 people, is sometimes called as "La Superba" which means "the Proud."

The city has been in existence for thousands of years now. Before, historians believed that Genoa was discovered by Celts more than 4,000 years ago. However, at present, is believed that Genoa was discovered by Etruscans. For the past several centuries, the city has been destroyed for numerous times. There was even a time that the city was known as a Republic of Genoa, an independent city-state during the 11th century. At its peak, the city has control over other territories such as Liguria, Sardinia, Corsica, and Piedmont. In addition, the city also played a significant role in the Crusades and also established its colonies in other regions such as Middle East, Northern Africa, Sicily, and Aegean. Also, it was believed that Crusaders from Genoa were the one responsible for bringing the Holy Grail from Levant.

During the 17th century, Genoa was no longer considered a major power. In 1797, Napoleon conquered the city and Genoa was put under the French rule. However, Genoa soon liberated itself from the French colonizers. At present, Genoa is now a famous tourist destination and home to landmarks such as "The Twelfth Century San Matteo Church," "Porta Soprana", 12th century twin towers, and "Teatro Carlo Felice", the city's opera house.

Source by Pollux Parker

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