Palazzo San Giorgio, Genoa

Palazzo San Giorgio, Genoa (must see)

The Palazzo San Giorgio or Palace of St. George (also known as the Palazzo delle Compere di San Giorgio) is a palace in Genoa, Italy. It is situated in Piazza Caricamento. The palace was built in 1260 by Guglielmo Boccanegra, uncle of Simone Boccanegra, the first Doge of Genoa. For the construction of the new palace, materials were used from the demolition of the Venetian Embassy in Constantinople, obtained from Byzantine Emperor Michael VIII as a reward for Genoese aid against the Latin Empire. The palace was intended — through the creation of a civil-political center — to separate and elevate the temporal power of the republic's government from the religious power of the clergy centered on the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. In 1262, Guglielmo Boccanegra was deposed and forced into exile. The palace was used for some time as a prison; Marco Polo was its most famous resident and it was there that he dictated his memoirs to Rustichello of Pisa.

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Sight Name: Palazzo San Giorgio
Sight Location: Genoa, Italy
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk   Genoa Top Museums, Part 2  

Walking Tours in Genoa, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Genoa

Create Your Own Walk in Genoa

Creating your own self-guided walk in Genoa is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Genoa Top Museums, Part 2

Genoa Top Museums, Part 2

Buildings of unique architecture, historical edifices with lots of stories to tell, pieces of art, sea attractions and cultural delights is what you will see when taking this tour through some of the most appreciated museums in the Ligurian region, such as Villa del Principe, Museo di Palazzo Reale and Galata Museo del Mare.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
A Tour of Genoa Religious Edifices

A Tour of Genoa Religious Edifices

Genoa is a city with a great spiritual life. Many churches means many possibilities of praying for parishioners with different beliefs. Interesting places and historical moments perceived in the pieces of art and architectural preservation of the buildings, is what tourists will find by following this guide's itinerary.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The city of Genoa is rich in beautiful places and historic monuments dating from the 12th century until today. Eye-catching buildings, interesting architecture and cultural enrichment, unique museums and fine spots of interest are what you will see by following the route of this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Via Garibaldi Palaces Tour

Via Garibaldi Palaces Tour

Via Garibaldi, designed by Bernardino Cantone, is one of the main streets of Genoa and a major center of the entire architectural history. Established in the early 1550s, the street has an impressive design. Delightful edifices, belonging to the richest Italians of the Renaissance, will catch your eye and interest. Take this tour to discover the impact of its magnificent palaces on your outlook on...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.2 km
Genoa Top Museums, Part 1

Genoa Top Museums, Part 1

Genoa, as a breathing cultural city, is rich in interesting and captivating museums. A whole new number of beautiful sights open up to you when taking this walking tour through the most cherished and admired works of art: paintings, sculptures and ceramic creations.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km