At the other end of the Ligurian Coast, nearer to France, are the sun-washed towns of San Remo (known for its flower industry) and Savona, (known for its palms.) In between is Genoa, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and a fascinating city. An important seaport, Genoa is also known as "la superba," because of its important place in maritime history. The oldest section of the town is medieval, and the area known as Nuova Strada (New Street) is, in fact, lined with palatial homes dating from the mid 1500s. But the waterfront, at the foot of the Porto Antico, has been revivified in recent years with the addition of some striking modern buildings, including the Aquarium and the Maritime Museum.