Via Antonio Gramsci Genoa

The Via Antonio Gramsci is the wide street that runs between the seafront and the first row of houses and old city walls of Genoa‘s historic center. The street begins roughly at the San Giorgio metro stop and runs north until just past Piazza della Commenda. It is accompanied by an overpass that unfortunately obstructs the view of the coast in many spots.

Via Antonio Gramsci Genoa

History and description

Via Antonio Gramsci Genua
Buildings along the Via Antonio Gramsci.

The original name of the Via Antonio Gramsci, which was constructed in the mid-19th century, was Via Carlo Alberto. The name was changed in 1946. Antonio Gramsci was an Italian politician and journalist.

The southern part of the Via Antonio Gramsci is the most picturesque side. The further north you walk, the less beautiful the palaces become. The neighborhood also becomes less “Italian” here, with many kebab shops and small grocery stores.

What to see

Andrea Doria and Columbus

Columbus, Via Antonio Gramsci, Genoa

Two tall, but rather narrow, buildings stand out especially. They are located side by side and are both marked by a central niche containing a statue. The statues depict the city’s two local heroes, Andrea Doria (left) and Christopher Columbus. There is a frieze with a relief above the statues. The sculptor was Giovanni Battista Cevasco. The plaque below Andrea Doria reads, “You give me a throne, I give you freedom, from you, my homeland, I learn how to be great.” The plaque under Columbus makes mention of a newly discovered world.

Via Antonio Gramsci, Genoa

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