Genoa, 19 September 2022 – An extraordinary journey through time to discover a portion of the urban fabric dating back to the late Middle Ages. This is what awaits the participants of the upcoming EnjoyGenova events, the calendar of guided tours organized by the Archeology Cooperative, in the company of expert guides and archaeologists, to get to know the lesser-known places in the city. Two free appointments are scheduled for Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September to visit the excavations of the Loggia di Banchi, which emerged during the construction of the new City Museum. The appointment takes place on the occasion of the European Heritage Days, the largest and most popular cultural event in Europe, during which guided tours, special initiatives and extraordinary openings in Italian museums and places of culture are planned on the theme “Cultural Heritage sustainable: a legacy for the future “.
As for the construction sites of the new Museum, the opening to the public was decided by the Superintendence, in agreement with the Ministry of Culture and the Municipality, to show the fascinating discovery, before proceeding with further excavations. The visits organized by the Archeology Cooperative on 24 and 25 September will take place from 9.30 to 13, with shifts every 30 minutes, with entrance from Piazza Senarega. To participate, reservations are required on the website www.enjoygenova.it or by writing to [email protected]
The sixteenth-century Loggia di Banchi was a strategic crossroads between the port and the city, the economic and financial center of a great republic. The excavations are a snapshot of Genoese life at the end of the sixteenth century, when the construction of the great Loggia obliterated an important part of the city. The findings preserve evidence of the complex and tight stratification that has accompanied urban growth since the most remote times. Visiting the excavations in progress accompanied by the archeologists of Cooperativa Archeologia will allow you to observe pavements, shops and warehouses, admire powerful structures in stone blocks and slender brick vaults. It means immersing yourself in the medieval city and perceiving its hectic existence. The history of these buildings can be read in the superimposition of the walls as early as the 12th-13th century, while below them the levels of the Roman era begin to emerge, rich in evidence of merchant traffic.