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Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato, contains the Grotto of the Annunciation.

I only meant to write about the churches, but I keep wandering from the subject. I could say that the Church of the Annunciation is a wilderness of beautiful columns, of statues, gilded moldings, and pictures almost countless, but that would give no one an entirely perfect idea of the thing, and so where is the use? One family built the whole edifice, and have got money left. There is where the mystery lies. We had an idea at first that only a mint could have survived the expense.

(The Innocents Abroad)

In a small Piazza at the extremity of the Via Nuova and Via Nuovissima stands the Capuchin church of * SS. Annunziata, erected in 1487, possessing a portal with marble columns, but with an unfinished and unsightly brick fa├žade. In the interior this is the most sumptuous church in Genoa. The nave and aisles are supported by twelve columns of white marble inlaid with red . The vaulting and dome are richly decorated with gilding and painting.

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