Red and Black

The house numbering system in Genoa is a true mystery.

The city is a labyrinth, confusing and difficult to navigate.

Two colours, red and black, indicate different buildings and functions, distinguishing between residential and commercial properties.

In 1855, under the rule of the Kingdom of Sardinia, the system which divided the city into districts known as sestrieri was abolished, and a new law, inspired by the French system, altered the way numbers were assigned and their layout.
They have remained the same ever since.


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