44:24.44N 08:55.12E Genoa
We sailed back from St. Margherita to Genoa to pick up Lizzie and her friend Chess. We had a great time showing them the sights. We followed the DK book past San Lorenzo, the church of black and white striped Gothic façade dating from the early 13th century. Palazzo Ducale, an elegant building with two 16th century courtyards and arcades which are now used for a modern arts centre. We saw the San Donato church which has a splendid 12th century octagonal bell tower and nearby the 13th century church of Sant Agostino which was bombed during World War II but the bell tower remains. The Porta Soprana is two towers at the eastern gateway to the city and stands close to the site of Christopher Columbus’s house. This is a quite tiny building next to the Roman cloisters.
We walked along the road where all the banks are situated and were able to look inside many. The ceilings have beautiful murals and were just marvellous to look at.
The girls enjoyed the shops and were quite happy one morning wandering around taking photographs and window shopping. We showed them our favourite bread shop and sampled their pizza slices and olive bread.
After dinner at a restaurant we were treated to the music we had experienced the week before which plays across the harbour from one of the open restaurants.