The city hosting the Meet in Italy for Life Sciences 2020 is Genoa, the capital of the Liguria region. The city is part of the Milan-Turin-Genoa industrial triangle and it is one of the largest ports in Italy and among the largest in Europe.
Overlooking the Ligurian Sea, its history is linked to seafaring, trade and industry. Cristoforo Colombo, Giuseppe Mazzini, Goffredo Mameli and Niccolò Paganini were born in Genoa. Symbol of the city is the Lantern which, with its seventy-seven meters, is the highest lighthouse in the Mediterranean and the second highest in Europe.
For more than eight centuries Genoa was the capital of the homonymous maritime republic, born as a free commune but which over time saw many forms of government of the city: from the consular to the customs to the oligarchic one. Its policy was, however, always based on a regional dominion with the construction of an imposing fleet, both military and merchant, and on the influence of powerful families who drew their strength from the economic resources deriving from trade.
Genoa deserves, for the tourist, a careful visit. The city is in fact rich in history, hidden treasures and charming corners. How not to stroll through the historic centre with its “vicoli” described by poets and singer-songwriters, just as its museums or the world-famous civic aquarium are worth a visit. But also the monuments such as the Cathedral of San Lorenzo or the Palazzo Ducale, home to important exhibitions, or the Palazzi dei Rolli, the residences of the Genoese nobility.
Those who take part in the Meet in Italy for Life Sciences 2020 will be able to stroll along the quays of the ancient port during breaks. This area, for centuries the centre of Genoese mercantile activity, was converted by Renzo Piano on the occasion of the Colombiadi (celebrations of the five hundredth anniversary of the discovery of America) in 1992.