Genoa, Italy

Columbus Sister City Since 1955

Our Sister City


On October 12, 1955 (Columbus Day), the City of Genoa became Columbus’ first Sister City. This was celebrated through the gifting of the Christopher Columbus Statue that sits outside of Columbus City Hall today, an event that more than 100,000 people attended.

For over 60 years we have worked with Genoa to provide both of our cities with a greater sense of cultural enrichment through events like the bi-annual Pesto Championship, and art projects like the award winning Thousand People of Genoa.

Did You Know?

Genoa is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, and is also the home of the world’s first bank, the Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, which dates back to the 12th century.

Genoa is the Capital of the state of Liguria, which is located on the coast of the Gulf of Genoa.
Current Mayor
Marco Bucci
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