Genoa is the capital of Liguria and the sixth largest city in Italy, with a population of 608,676 within its administrative limits on a land area of 243.6 km2 (94 sq mi). The urban area of Genoa has a population of 800,709.In the metropolitan area live over 1.5 million people. Genoa is one of Europe’s largest cities on the Mediterranean Sea and the largest seaport in Italy.
Genoa has been nicknamed la Superba (“the Superb one”) due to its glorious past and impressive landmarks.Part of the old town of Genoa was inscribed on the World Heritage List (UNESCO) in 2006 (see below). The city’s rich art, music, gastronomy, architecture and history, allowed it to become the 2004’s European Capital of Culture. It is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.