The City of Genova isn’t huge, but it is packed with history. The buildings date back as far as the 1400s (actually, some even earlier). Pretty much the opposite of where I grew up (Gold Coast, Australia) where most of the buildings you see now were built in the 1980s and beyond!
Now, this week’s adventure had a little twist. Rather than being taken around by my partner (who’s both local and bilingual), my tour guide was his friend’s girlfriend – who while speaking many languages, does not speak English!
I was feeling super awkward and a tad nervous, but I decided to embrace the challenge. We opened up our phones to have Google Translate at the ready, put our cameras around our necks, and away we went.
You know how I said it’s not that big a city? Well… it feels bigger when you walk it on foot! My tour guide was determined to show me every important building and beautiful photo opportunity (top marks!) which meant we walked at full speed for 5 hours, only stopping for a quick lunch.
Genova Cathedral is another landmark famous not only because of its size and beauty, but also because it houses an unexploded bomb (launched by the British Navy) that broke its walls in 1941. My camera wouldn’t do the cathedral itself any justice (it’s so damn tall!) but I got this cute shot of a sad looking lion that guards its steps.
I’m happy to report that between some broken English & Italian, heaps of Google Translate, and a lot of sign language, my guide and I managed to understand each other pretty well. However the trip was taken at such a speed, that there was no way I could remember the names of each of the buildings and landmarks she showed me! I came to terms with this fact pretty early on and instead focussed on taking plenty of photos. The weather wasn’t ideal, but you get the idea.
And that’s my little adventure! Not the most logical or thorough, but hopefully you enjoyed getting a little sneak peak of this beautiful city. Keep an eye out for part 2!
Have you travelled to Italy before? What was your favourite place and why? Comment below x