Piazza Banchi

Together with the Strada Nuova, the Piazza di Banchi is the ripest fruit of the general urban transformation in 16th-century Genoa and can be regarded as the only true public square of the city.

From the 12th century, the area was home to the Grain Market and, from the following century, was called “the square of the bankers”.
Around the mid-16th century, there was a pressing need for a space dedicated to foreign exchange operations and businesses, which until then were held under the arcades of the different buildings.
It was thus decided to build the Lodge and, at the end of the 16th century, the square took on its present monumental appearance, suited for the vital role it had played for centuries in the city centre, due to its proximity to the residential districts of San Luca and Luccoli.