Just off Piazza De Ferrari we also find the Teatro Carlo Felice
, one of the most important theatres in Italy, where the city’s opera, ballet and symphonic music season are held, as well as plays and other events. The artists who perform at the Carlo Felice, famous for its acoustics and modern technology, often stay at the Bristol: Uto Ughi and Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich
, for example, who played in the inaugural concert of the international travelling festival for the fifth centenary of the discovery of America in 1991. Near the heart of the old city centre is the Porto Antico
, or old port, an agora unique the world over thanks to extensive renovation work overseen by local architect Renzo Piano. This isn’t only a place where ships dock: here it’s also possible to visit the Aquarium, one of the most important in Europe and home to 600 different species, and the Galata Museo del Mare, dedicated to Genoa’s maritime history. You can also take the lift to the top of the Bigo, a mega-installation that offers a stunning view of the whole city – including the Lanterna, the lighthouse that has protected the port since 1128 – from an unusual perspective. After which you can take time out to relax over an aperitif, say, or an ice cream, a focaccia or a pànera
, a coffee-flavoured semifreddo: in Genoa even the street foods are works of art.
Back at the Bristol, you can bring your exciting day of discovery to an end with dinner at the Ristorante Giotto
, where you can choose from a menu of the typical recipes of Liguria in general and of Genoa in particular.