Genoa's name is thought to have come from the biblical two headed creature known as the "Giano". Genoa is a major centre for finance and commerce. It handles imports chiefly of coal, and crude oil.
In 1805 Genoa became part of the French Empire. During World War II Genoa was damaged by the bobbardment by the British navy. Genoa's total miles are 93 square miles. (240 square km). Located about 75 miles south of Milan.