Genoa (Italian, Genova) is Italy's sixth-largest city and a historical port city in northern Italy and is the capital of the Region of Liguria. In ancient times, it was the most important harbor of the Mediterranean sea and has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center. With its multitude of hidden gems behind cozy alleyways, renovated old port - Porto Antico Area, based on Renzo Piano's project, beautiful sights (including one of Europe's biggest aquariums), and its position as the European Capital of Culture in 2004, as well as being the birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus, the city is an enticing place which is gradually becoming more of a tourist destination. The heart of the old city is made up of an incredible amount of tiny streets and alleys called Caruggi with historical shops and restaurants throughout. Your guided walking tour starts in the Old Port area, from there you will walk through Genoa's narrow "caruggi" (alleyways) and ancient squares. Some of the main points of interest include the Cathedral, Palazzo Ducale, and the Carlo Felice Opera House. The tour ends with a visit to the "Strada Nuova" (Via Garibaldi), UNESCO World Heritage Site. With pastel-colored, terracotta-roofed houses, artistic churches, lovely seaside villas, and also several luxurious boutiques, Genova is an experience that is "quintessential" Italy.