Genoa (Genova), Italy
“The City of Genoa is the Capital of a very ancient and well known Republick ; it is very large, Genoa. and beautified with noble Buildings, and Stands at the Foot of a high Mountain, on the Seaside, which washes it ; so that it is a great deal longer, than it is wide; there runs a pretty high Wall not only about the Town, but round all the Mountain, which is cultivated, and full of fine Gardens. This is a Trading City, and very flourishing in its Commerce, which brings in great Riches.
There is a large Port, made by Art, before the Town ; it is clos’d in by 2 Moles which run out into the Sea, to make the Entrance more narrow, which is not above 350 Fathoms over; the Mole at the End of the Town to the Westward, call’d the new Mole, Stretches into the Sea to the SE. about 280 Fathom. Galleys do generally place themselves along this Mole, especially in the Summer, and anchor there in 7, 8 and 9 Fathom Water, the Ground Mud and Grafs, carrying Fafts a-shore upon the Mole to which their Sterns lie, and an Anchor down to the NE. Without this Mole to the Westward, upon a high fortified Rock, there is a very high square white Tower call’d the Light-house, upon which there is a large Lanthorn which is lighted in the Night-time for a Mark to all Ships that come there, and in the Day-time there are Signals made for Ships and Galleys, distinguish’d by great Balls for Ships, and Pendants for Galleys. At the Bottom of this Rock upon the Sea-side, and without the Mole there is a large Half-moon ; and there are several Batteries of Guns all along upon the Walls, to defend it to the Southward.
The old Mole is before the Town and stretches into the Sea towards the Point of the New Mole, about 250 Fathom; At the End there is a Battery of 9 or 10 Guns, and almost in the middle towards the Harbour there is a little square Fort, defended by 7 or 8 Pieces of Cannon. You may range very near the Head of the New Mole, when you go to anchor there, because you have close to it 10 and 12. Fathom Water, but you cannot come fo near to the Head of the old Mole, by reason of some lose Rocks that Stretch out a little way under Water.
… The City of Genoa is very easy to be known whatsoever way you come to it, by the Number of fine Country Seats you fee about the Town, the whiteness of its large Walls, and the Ligbr-house which is very high. P Bizogne. About a Mile to the Eaftward of Genoa, there is a large Village call’d Bizagne, and between both there is a large Flood of Water, especially in the Winter. From the Mole of Genoa to Mount Portefin, the Courfe is SE. 5 Degrees E. about 12 or 13 Miles; the Coast between lies a little hollow, the Land high, and upon the Sea-fide you fee feveral Towns and Villages, and magnificent Pallaces, which afford an Exquisite Protpećt; and for brevities fake, fince there are no anche ring Places here, I will put down their Names in Order, that you may be able to know them. Immediately after Genoa comes Bizagne, afterwards Afugy, Arba, Lafea, Sewy, Boucadoxa,”
- Inn, unknown kept by Zacharias
- Monday 17 October 1644
- Saturday 15 October 1644
- Thursday 13 October 1644