Columbus's childhood home

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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This little house in Genoa, Italy, claims to be the home of Christopher Columbus.

The name of Christopher Columbus, the explorer of the New World, is in evidence all over Genoa. His statue greets you as soon as you emerge in Piazza Acqueverde from Porta Principe railway station; various public buildings bear his name; even the airport is called Aeroporto Cristoforo Colombo.

It is not certain whether Columbus was born in Genoa, in Savona 15km (9 miles) to the west or outside Italy altogether. However, city registers mention his father, a weaver, and different family homes within the city.

This small ivy-clad house next to the Porta Soprana (the line of defence that surrounded the city in days gone by) may have been Columbus’s childhood home, where he first discovered his passion for the sea.

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