After meeting our nephew Patrick at the Milan airport and giving him a quick tour of the Milan Piazza del Duomo, we headed back to Genoa by train to spend the night at Hotel Ricci in Piazza Colombo. We were a short walk from the Genoa train station and to the center of a bustling shopping district including the huge and very cool Mercato Orientale Genova (MOG). Pasta, fish, candy, vegetables...if it's edible, it's here. At the heart of the market is a food court - think Eataly - 11 "Food corners" each with its own local specialty surrounding a central bar and seating area.
Via Garibaldi, the road that would take us to "Porto Antico" is lined with ancient homes and leads to winding cobblestoned streets. Italy's busiest port features a nod to history with the Galleon of Neptune.
Trekking up above the city got a little easier when we happened upon a "funiculare" that is actually part of the public transit system. At the top we discovered amazing views of the city, fascinating grottos, and a waterfall dedicated to the American Indian, Crazy Horse, by the city that gave us Christopher Columbus.
We enjoyed both afternoon aperitivo and morning cappuccino at Caffe Pasticceria Mangini, a lovely old-school place recommended to us by a friend of Nancy's. In all, Genoa on this second visit proved to be much more interesting and definitely worth the visit.
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