This morning began in Palazzo Ducale with Anna, Emanuela and coffee. And then, after long and interesting conversations, we went wandering and they introduced me to some of the treasures that hide here in Europe's largest surviving medieval quarter.
Every shop was a story of generations and of families. The passion for what they were doing, their willingness to allow photographs, and to answer questions, was divine.
It was 1.30pm before I remembered I hadn't actually eaten at all. Well nothing besides a small spoonful of the most marvelous whipped cream at Crema Buonafede Caffetteria. I'm being sent there for breakfast tomorrow. I have my instructions regarding my order.
I returned to the apartment, downloaded the photographs, the voice recorder too. Enjoyed some warm farinata from the shop across the alley and then it was time to go out again.
This was an interview I was absolutely looking forward to. Roberto Panizza is not only a remarkable businessman but he is a warmhearted soul who welcomed us in and sat down with us to talk for a while, despite his incredibly intense schedule.
There is the restaurant he runs with his brother, Il Genovese and this website too, should you want to order some truly excellent Italian Food. There is much much more but there's an interview. I'll share when it's done.
And now, here I am, munching on potato chips and drinking a little red wine. Exhausted but so deeply satisfied with all that I discovered and was introduced to in Genova today. This city ...