After a big success of the last post about botteghe storiche, today I list you another 10 historical shops of Genoa. Another 10 opportunities to taste a rich history of this magnificent city.
Piazza Sant’Anna 8
8.30am-12.30pm & 3.30pm-7.30pm
It is a drugstore created inside a convent of Discalced Carmelites. The convent is located in very tranquil and picturesque square, in Castelletto quarter. The drugstore was founded in 1650 (!) and it is specialized in herbal medicine. The shop is still run by the friars. One of them Father Ezio receives the visitors and shows them the rose garden and the church of Sant’ Anna (an example of XVII century Genoese Baroque).
Via Luccoli 12
This is a creamery – a shop that sells a delicious whipped cream. It was founded by Giacomo Parodi in 1903 and at the beginning, it was a dairy. „Buonafede” means „Good faith” and it is a sobriquet that refers to the high quality of the cream. Nowadays it is still a great idea to try this delicious whipped cream as a snack.
Via Macelli di Soziglia 8r
That is one of the oldest butcher’s shops in Genoa (if not the oldest one). It was founded in 1790. Inside the shop almost everything is antique. A thing that attracts attention immediately is its unique counter. It is richly decorated and it is made from the marble of Carrara.
Salumieria De Michiel
Via Macelli di Soziglia 54
It is located very close to the Antica Polleria Aresu. This is a delicatessen shop that was founded in 1900. It offers a wide selection of different, typical, Ligurian and Italian dishes. You can buy here cappon magro, marron glasse, cima alla genovese and much more. Everything absolutely delicious.
Via Portello 2r
This is a pastry shop located next to the via Garibaldi (one of the most beautiful and important streets in Genoa). It was founded in 1827 by Villa family. At the beginning, it was a pastry shop that served exclusively the noble people (!). In 1968 it was bought by Mario Profumo. His sons still run the shop. All pieces of furniture and the decorations are original and were made in the XIX century. Of course, all sweets are absolutely outstanding.
Luico Fabbrica Turaccioli
Salita Santa Caterina 17r
This is the bottle stoppers manufacture. It was founded in 1855 by Giovanni Foppiano, a great-great-grandfather of Carlo – the current owner. In the past, the family rented the forests that were used to obtain a cork. Nowadays the cork and the bottle stoppers come from Sardinia. The shop is full of strange tools, bottles, stoppers, jars and much more. The owners are very pleasant and gladly describe you the story of their shop and of Genoa (in Italian …).
Armanino frutta secca a Genova
Via di Sottoripa 105
This is a shop of the dried fruits. It was created in 1905 by Placido Armanino. From the very beginning, they sold the dried fruits. However, after some time they started selling also jams, honey, wine and pesto. Everything of the highest quality. If you are looking for something typical this is the place to visit.
Luigi Stagno Calzature
Largo Pertini 5
It is a tiny shoe shop. It was founded in 1915. It is run by Martino Stagno, a great-grandson of the founder of the shop. Their shoes are very famous in Genoa because they are very elegant and durable.
Pasticceria Liquoreria Marescotti
Address: Via di Fossatello 35-37r
A pastry shop that was founded in 1780. At the beginning, it was called Cioccolateria Cassattana. In 1906 the name of the shop was changed to Marescotti. Its owners came from Novi Ligure (in Piedmont) and they offered the mix of Piedmontese and Ligurian style pastries. They produced also the liqueurs and vermouths. Thanks to those products the Marescotti became very famous in Genoa. In 1979 died Irma Marescotti the last Marescotti’s shop owner. Hereafter, her heirs decided to keep closed the shop. It was reopened in 2008 by Alessandro Cavo, a confectioner and an ex-business partner of Marescotti family. All interiors of the shop remained untouched.
Giovanni Rivara fu Luigi
Address: Piazza San Lorenzo 36r
Sunday 10.00am-1.00pm 3.00pm-7.00pm
It is a beautiful shop located next to the San Lorenzo Cathedral. This is a fabric shop. Its story starts in Sestri Levante where Niccolò Rivara worked as a merchant of fabrics. In 1825 one of his sons decided to found a fabric shop in Genoa. From the very beginning, the shop was very successful. Its fabrics were very esteemed by nobility and upper middle class of Genoa. Nowadays you can admire its beautiful interiors and all incredible fabrics that are still sold by the shop.
To be continued … 😉