Genoa conveniently lies on the Western Mediterranean coast and offers a number of interesting excursions. Traceback history by paying a visit to the House of Columbus, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Piazza de Ferrari is the central square around which the business and financial affairs are conducted. It is famous for its big, beautiful fountain. The 17th century Royal Palace, Cathedral of San Lorenzo, and La Lanterna (the lighthouse) are a few other places worth visiting.