Genoa is the capital of the region of Liguria, lies in the Gulf of GenoaError! Hyperlink reference not valid.. It is Italy's leading port and center of maritime trade. Genoa is popularly known as "la Superba" because of its splendid marble palaces, magnificent location. The old Genoa is a has narrow and steep streets which are always busy with the noisy activity of a Mediterranean town. The new parts of the town consists of tall modern buildings, gardens and villas that lie in the plain at the mouth of the River Bisagno. Genoa has plenty of places for attracting the tourists especially the Churches which were rebuilt during the Gothic period and adorned with Pisan and Lombard sculpture.