September 10 – Genova, Italy

Genova's beautiful Via Garibaldi at night.

Genova's beautiful Via Garibaldi at night.

We drove along the Mediterranean coast from Cinque Terre to Genova, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Genova is an interesting city, in that it boasts a number of major monuments and other treasures, but has very few tourists. This particular street, Via Garibaldi, is famous for its enormous 15th and 16th century Palazzi, which are absolutely magnificent.

We celebrated our last night with Marion (Dan’s Mom) and our last night in Italy by going out for a drink on the main piazza, followed by an absolutely fabulous restaurant, where we ate incredible homemade pasta with pesto and some wonderful local jug wine.

Our month in Italy has been wonderful, and Mom’s visit was also particularly wonderful. Our families are an enormous blessing, and we appreciate them more and more the longer we are away.


One response to “September 10 – Genova, Italy

  1. Columbus – Italian or Scotsman or Pirate? The text below echo’s a posting in the Financial Times from March of this year:

    Christopher Columbus wasn’t Italian or Catalan, he was Scottish!
    Christopher Columbus was actually a Scotsman called Pedro Scotto and his family originally came from Scotland, too claims a Spanish historian.

    In a report by The Telegraph, these allegations made by Alfonso Ensenat de Villalonga have turned upside down the normally accepted narratives regarding the famous explorer’s origins. He is said to be the son of a weaver from Genoa, Italy or that he was even from Catalonia or Galicia in Spain.
    “In fact, he was from Genoa, but he was the son of shopkeepers not weavers and he was baptised Pedro not Christopher,” stated Villalonga.

    Villalonga also added “His family name was Scotto, and was not Italian, but of Scottish origin”.
    The Spanish historian also added “He had light-coloured eyes and freckles. He also had blond hair even though it quickly turned white. That’s how his contemporaries described him. He is nothing like the traditional images (of him), which are totally invented”.
    Villalonga points out a chronicle of Catholic kings written by Lucio Marineo Siculo, who referred in his writings to “Pedro Columbus”, not Christopher.

    The historian also alleges that the explorer once worked for a pirate called Vincenzo Columbus, and adopted that family name so as not to “expose” his relations.
    According to Alfonso Ensenat de Villalonga, his research involved scrutinizing the archives in the region of Genoa, Italy along with those held in the Spanish history academy and national library.

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