From Verdi to Columbus, Italy’s colourful port city will lift your spirits

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Boccadasse e il primo giorno d´estate

Faded palazzos line the Via Garibaldi and the famed caruggi, a tangle of medieval lanes and alleys, follow the water’s edge before erupting into splendid 16th and 17th-century architecture.

Walking under the city’s tenth century porticoes, once a busy spot where goods were offloaded from waiting ships, I encounter Henry James and Mark Twain — both lived at the Hotel Croce di Malta in the alley Vico Morchi.

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