Locals say that the stone wall network running along the vineyards and wine terraces of the Ligurian coastline is as long as the Great Wall of China.

Liguria is one of the most densely populated regions of Italy, even though 70% is covered by largely uninhabited forests and mountains.

The Port of Genoa trades 58.6 million tonnes of goods every year, making it the largest commercial port in Italy.

The anniversary of Colombus’s 1492 landing in the Americas is observed as a national holiday in Spain and throughout the Americas.

The Lanterna lighthouse in Genoa is the tallest in the Mediterranean and the second tallest traditional lighthouse in the world.

Contrary to popular misconception, Christopher Colombus was Genoese, and so from part of modern day Italy, rather than Spanish.

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