The traveller who on his way to Italy passes along the Riviera di Ponente, through Marseilles, Nice, and
Mentone to Ventimiglia, or crossing the Alps touches Italian soil, though scarcely Italy indeed, at Turin, on
coming to Genoa finds himself really at last in the South, the true South, of which Genoa la Superba is the
gate, her narrow streets, the various life of her port, her picturesque colour and dirt, her immense palaces of
precious marbles, her oranges and pomegranates and lemons, her armsful of children, and above all the sun,
which lends an eternal gladness to all these chara...