Home of Columbus
Everyone knows that Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa. But perhaps not everyone knows that in Genoa it is possible to visit the Home of Columbus where the navigator lived between 1455 and 1470.
It is more likely its reconstruction, built at the end of the 17th century after the original house was damaged by a French bombing. Located in the heart of the city, the house is on two levels: the ground floor was used as the workshop of his father, Domenico, who dealt with wool weaving and trade, while the family home was located on the upper floor.
The monumental complex of which the Home of Columbus is part develops in the garden behind it with the cloister of S. Andrea, the only remnant of a monastery dating back to the 12th century that stood nearby.
A short distance away is the Porta Soprana, part of the walls built by the Genoese around 1155 to face a possible arrival of Barbarossa: its two high towers frame it as one of the most important accesses to the city, an obligatory passage for those who came from the east. .