Information About City of Genoa
- Genoa is the capital of Liguria and the sixth largest city in Italy, with a population of 604,848 within its administrative limits on a land area of 243,6 km2.
- The urban zone of Genoa extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of 718,896. Over 1.5 million people live in the metropolitan area.
- Genoa is one of Europe's largest cities on the Mediterranean Sea and the largest seaport in Italy.
- The city's rich art, music, gastronomy, architecture and history allowed it to become the 2004 European Capital of Culture. It is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.
- Genoa, which forms the southern corner of the Milan-Turin-Genoa industrial triangle of north-west Italy, is one of the country’s major economic centres.
- The city of Genoa covers an area of 243 square kilometres (94 sq mi) between the Ligurian Sea and the Apennine Mountains.
- Genoa is adjacent to two popular Ligurian vacation spots, Camogli and Portofino. In the metropolitan area of Genoa lies Aveto Natural Regional Park.
- The symbols of the city are the Lanterna (the lighthouse) (117 m high), old and standing lighthouse visible in the distance from the sea (beyond 30 km), and the monumental fountain of Piazza De Ferrari, recently restored, out-and-out core of the city's life.
- The Municipal Council of Genoa is led by a left-wing majority, elected in May 2012. The mayor is Marco Doria.
- The city of Genoa is subdivided into 9 Municipial, as approved by the Municipal Council in 2007.
- Ligurian agriculture has increased its specialisation pattern in high-quality products (flowers, wine, olive oil) and has thus managed to maintain the gross value-added per worker at a level much higher than the national average.
- The Genoese dialect (Zeneize) is the most important dialect of the Ligurian language, and is commonly spoken in Genoa alongside Italian.
- Ligurian is listed by Ethnologue as a language in its own right, of the Romance branch, and not to be confused with the ancient Ligurian language. Like the languages of Lombardy, Piedmont, and surrounding regions, it is of Gallo-Italic derivation.
Genoa became the twin town of Beyoğlu on the 9th of October 2013.
COOPERATIONS & OFFICIAL VISITS
An Official Delegation From Genoa Visited Beyoğlu and ‘Genoa: An Enchanted Glance’ Photography Exhibiton Opened, 28-31 January 2013, Beyoğlu/Istanbul
The friendship of Genoa and Beyoğlu goes long way back. As asymbol of this close friendship which is coming from the history, Beyoğlu and Genoa signed their cooperation agreement in 2007 an in 2013 they will be twin town. Deputy Mayor of Genoa Carla Sibilla and her delegation made an official visit to Beyoğlu and Mayor Demircan for being able to enhance the cooperations with Beyoğlu. The opening ceremony of the photography exhibtion entitled ‘‘Genoa: An Enchanted Glance’’ took place in Beyoğlu Municipal Art Gallery. The exhibiton took great attention of the visitors. Within the scope of the official opening ceremony of the exhibition, the delegation of Genoa consisted of the Deputy Mayor of City of Genoa Carla Sibilla, the Honorary Consul of Turkey in Genoa Giovanni Guicciardi, the head of International Affairs Mr. Gianluca Saba, the International Affairs officer Mrs. Arianna Compolonghi, the head of communication Mrs. Marisa Gardella, the artist of the exhibition Stefano Goldberg, the project sponsors Turkish Airlines Genoa Manager Ufuk Ünal and Ansaldo Energia Represant Michaela Montecucco. Before the opening ceremony, the delegation have as well made and official visit to Mayor Ahmet Misbah Demircan in his cabinet and after the dinner an official dinner was given for the guests and press.
Official Visit of Genoa Delegation To Beyoğlu
1-4 June 2013, Beyoğlu/Istanbul
The director of international relations Cesare Torre and Bailam Band came to Istanbul within the scope of 4th Intercultural Art Dialogues. Cesare Torre visited Mayor Demircan during his visit and talked about future collaborations.
Official Visit to Genoa and Town Twinning Ceremony
8-11 October 2013, Genoa/Italy
The twin town agreement has been signed between Beyoğlu and Genoa Municipalities on 9th of October 2013. The signature ceremony took place in Tursi Palace which is the municipal building of Genoa Municipality and where the Mayor’s office takes place. Mayor of Genoa Marco Doria, Mayor of Beyoğlu Ahmet Misbah Demircan, Beyoğlu Municipal council members, Deputy Mayor of Genoa Carla Sibilla, Ambassador of the Turkish Republic in Rome Hakkı Akil, Consul General of Italy in Istanbul Gianluca Alberini participated to the signature ceremony.
Within the scope of the agreement ceremony which was realized in Tursi Palace, ‘Beyoğlu: The Stage of Civilizations’ photograpy exhibition, curated by Beste Gürsu, was opened with the sponsorship of Turkish Airlines. The photos of the exhibition were presenting the thousands of years history of Beyoğlu and representing the common architecture and pieces of Beyoğlu and Genoa. The exhibition took great attention of Genoese art lovers.