Forte Quezzi

Genoa, Italy

Built during the 18th century at 289 metres above sea level, this fort was restored in the 19th century. Damaged during the Second World War, it is now abandoned.



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Via Lamberto Loria, Genoa, Italy
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Founded: 1747-1800
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Daniela Piras (12 months ago)
Io facendolo a cavallo e uno spettacolo consiglio a tutti di visitarlo anche solo per il panorama che offre
Lucignolo Xxx (12 months ago)
Secondo me posto unico in Genova,nel verde dove si puo passeggiare,portare i cani a correre,andare a cavallo e chi vuole può organizzare un barbeque in mezzo al verde è situata una nicchia apposta per la brace e un tavolone al coperto.5 stelle perché davvero è un posto da visitare unico tranquillo e dove si respira aria pulita di bosco
Giorgio Emanuele Uccello (13 months ago)
Non si riesce a comprendere perché dei Forti di Genova quello di Quezzi è il più vituperato e non raccoglie, come per esempio il Peraltro, le stesse attenzioni. Non a caso solo una strada carrabile esiste per raggiungerlo e anche la Torretta di Quezzi, poco distante, subisce la stessa sorte diventate, entrambe, ovili. Occorrerebbe piu attenzione degli amministratori locali alla zona.
Petro Fedchyshyn (14 months ago)
Руїни фортеці, загороджені плотом. По дорозі розвалені хиьари, в яких живуь люди
walter bachis (4 years ago)
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