Tuesday, December 11, 2007

"La Lanterna"

Promenade and Museum

"La Lanterna," the lighthouse, is a symbol in Genova. Constructed in the middle of the 16th century, it still stands today. It is 77 meters high and rises out of a rock that is 40 meters high. The Lanterna can be seen from several places throughout the city and lights up in the harbour at night. Surrounding the base of the "Lanterna" are ancient fortification walls that house the "Lanterna Museum." The museum has TV screens that show pictures and movies about Genova's history, art, material, culture, land, and traditions. There is also a raised pedestrian path that leads to the Lanterna from the street. This path, or "Promenade" is about 800 meters long and follows the ancient walls allowing visitors to view harbor activities.

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