Genoa

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

Genoa

geographical name

City (pop., 2001 prelim.: 603,560) and seaport, northwestern Italy. Capital of Liguria region, it is the centre of the Italian Riviera. Flourishing under the Romans, it went on to become a chief Mediterranean commercial city (12th–13th centuries), rivaled only by Venice. Its fortunes declined in the 14th and 15th centuries, after it lost a century-long struggle with Venice for control of the Levant. Taken by Napoleon in the early 19th century, it later regained its independence and prospered, especially after Italian unification. Although the city was badly damaged in World War II, a number of historic buildings survive. The birthplace of Christopher Columbus, Genoa is still noted for its maritime tradition, with shipbuilding its major industry; its university (founded 1471) is known for its economic and maritime studies.

Variants of GENOA

Genoa Italian Genova ancient Genua

This entry comes from Encyclopædia Britannica Concise.
For the full entry on Genoa, visit Britannica.com.

Seen & Heard

What made you look up Genoa? Please tell us what you were reading, watching or discussing that led you here.

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More