Genoa, Italy

Genoa became the sister city of Xicheng District in 2010.

Genoa is Italy’s largest commercial port and an important industrial center, the capital of the Province of Genoa in the Liguria region of Italy. The city is located in the northern part of Italy, the north bank of the Gulf of Genoa of the Ligurian Sea, and the northwest of Italy’s capital, Rome. Genoa covers an area of 243 square kilometers, and has a population of 610,000. The Port of Genoa is the largest port in Italy, and also the second largest port in the Mediterranean Sea, after Marseille, France. The shipping business is the city’s main source of income, transportation and insurance industry is very developed. In addition, petrochemical, iron and steel, metallurgy, food and shipbuilding industries are also included. It is also a shipbuilding industrial center; two-thirds of the country’s ships are constructed here. There are machinery, railway equipment, oil refining, steel and textile industries as well. Textiles, olive oil and wine are main components of its export. Tourism industry is well developed, famous for the medieval monuments such as churches and palaces. Genoa is Italy’s famous historical and cultural city, honored as the “European Capital of Culture” in 2004. Via Garibaldi Street was inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2006. Genoa is the first born place of Italian football. The Sampdoria football team, an association football club based in Genoa, had visited China in 1994 and 1995, and play matches with China PR national football team, which was the first time for a top foreign football team to participate in a commercial game in China after Chinese football professional league began. Therefore Sampdoria has a lot of fans in China.

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