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The Porto Antico

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From Piazza Cavour to Parodi Bridge: Renzo Piano’s innovative architectural work for Genoa.

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Restored during Genoa Expo '92 and designed by architect Renzo Piano, the historic harbour area known as the Porto Antico (also called expo) extends from Piazza Cavour to Ponte Parodi.

It extends the whole length of the waterfront and is backed by the overpass (very important for traffic circulation). Currently the Porto Antico is partly used as a residential area but it is also an important center of tourism, culture and services.

The main areas and structures in the Porto Antico are: Ponte Spinola (including the Aquarium, the Biosfera and the Italia ship), Mandracchio playground and Mandracchio house (Mandracchio Sports Sentre), the Cotton Warehouses (including De Amicis Library, the City of Children, Genoa Port Center, the Space Cinema Multiplex), the Bigo (crane with panoramic lift), Piazza delle Feste, the Porto Antico Lido, the Millo building (location of the Antarctica Museum), Porta Siberia (Siberia Gate which houses the Luzzati Museum), the boat moorings, the Molo Vecchio marina, the Neptune Galleon, Palazzo San Giorgio (where the headquarters of the Port Authority of Genoa are located), the Darsena or Calata De Mari (the dock home to the Galata Museum, the Nazario Sauro submarine and the Faculty of Economics), as well as bars, pubs, restaurants shops and the cinema. Eataly a chain of stores and restaurants was recently inaugurated in the Porto Antico.

It specializes in high quality local produce and is present in some Italian cities, the United States and in Japan.

 

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