Nonno currently lives in Italy and will be sharing information with all of us!
Happy Columbus Day, Nonno!
Nonno is not in Genoa (Genova in Italian) but
Cecca (Francesca) is there for a friend that is
having a birthday party this weekend. Cecca was
born there and grew up there. We wanted to blog
about Genova because Columbus Day is special
and coming soon.
Genova is in the province of Liguria, Italy. Genova is best known for being the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Columbus Day, a holiday in the United States, marks the date Columbus arrived in the Americas. Columbus Day is observed on the second Monday in October.
Oct. 12 is not a holiday in Italy. However, they are very proud of their explorer!
In Genova there is a park with plants that show his ships. Here
in Genova his ships are called Caravels. Does anyone know the names of the three ships?
Does anyone know about Christopher Columbus? Was he the first person from Europe to come to the New World?
In Genova, the house where Columbus was born is still there. It is near the Porta Soprano, a gate in the walls that once surrounded Genova for protection from pirates and invaders. Some of the walls are gone, but there are still gates left.
Here are some of the gates in Genova. We even drive through one or two when we visit.
Genova is a city with two harbors, an ancient harbor from Roman times that is still used by ferries and cruise ships and a more modern harbor for shipping things all over the world. The Lanterna is the symbol of Genova and is a lighthouse in the harbor.
In the harbor, there are warehouses that were used to store cotton. They used the cotton to make pants for the fishermen, the pants were blue. Do you know what they were called and why?
|Lanterna and Cotton Warehouses|
There are hills around Genova and on the hills are 12 forts built to protect the city. Where Francesca was born, and where her nieces and nephew live, is a neighborhood called Castelleto. There are a lot of castles and palaces there.
To get from the level of the Port and the Downtown, people that live in Castelletto, the hilly part of the city take Ascensore (Elevators) and Funicular (Cable Railways) back and forth to work and school. Just like the bus, you have to buy a ticket.
Another neighborhood is the Centro Storico (Historic Area) where the streets are very small and called vicoli.
You can even see famous movie stars in Genova.
Genova has a nice aquarium in the old port. They have a touch pool where you can reach in and feel the rays, just like your aquarium in Long Beach.
Children walk to school with their parents. Some parents that live nearby can even look in
the classroom and see what is going on. When Ben’s friend Bubbi was in the third grade she
lived right near her school and right across the street from her Grandmother’s house. In the
picture the house with the green shutters is where Grandma lived.
Genova is famous for a pasta sauce called Pesto which you serve over their special pasta called Trofie. Ask Ben about pesto and if he likes it. Genova is also famous for its Foccacia, a kind
of bread baked with olive oil, sometimes with onions.
Do you like the colorful houses of Liguria best or the Trulli of Puglia best? I think I like the colorful houses best because they are on the seaside.
Let us know if you want to know more about Genova and Liguria and what it was like growing
up there and what Ben did when he visited.