Capital of the Ligurian Region, Genova (Genoa) has a long and glorious tradition of maritime might and political prowess. The birthplace of Christopher Columbus is nicknamed “La Superba” (The Proud One) for its rich culture and many beautiful landmarks. Pesto Genovese is an herbed pasta sauce known throughout the world. We spent a lovely afternoon exploring the city on foot, and the amazing view from the raised highway that traverses the city is not to be missed. Parking can be a hassle, but there’s a big lot at the old port.