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The age of the podesta

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The age of the podesta faces an increasingly fragmented city, divided between the interests of the two factions, guelph and ghibelline, to keep up the bend, which by order of the podestà, are named two captains of the people: one for the companions of city ​​and one for the village.

Although in this state of disorder, culminating in the turmoil of craftsmen, backed by noble Ghibellines, in which Guglielmo Boccanegra was named first captain of the people, and continued with new captains who were facing the fresh divisions of the two major noble groups (Doria- Spinola and Fieschi-Grimaldi), Genoa sees to grow its maritime hegemony.

This is a result of a dramatic increase in the intensity of trade, which leads to an orientation towards the interests of ports. This leads to the formation of a true urban culture which is manifested by the construction of the Darsena in Pré and the fortification west of Gate of Vacca (1312).

It is within this new port question that a magistracy is established with urban planning tasks both in the harbor area and in the whole city.

D uring the age of the mayor the city Became Even More fragmented, and Became divided between the interests of two factions, the guelfs and the Ghibellines. To maintain the order between the two, the podestà nominated two captains to represent the people; one for the rural and one for the village districts.

Riots broke out among the craftsmen who were supported by noble ghibellines. Guglielmo Boccanegra was elected as the first captain of the people, followed by new captains who had to face a firmer division of the city between two major groups of nobles; the Doria-Spinola and the Fieschi-Grimaldi. Despite the disorders Genoa’s maritime supremacy kept growing.

Commerce increased enormously and the intensity of maritime exchange brought the focus of the city more and more towards the structure of the port. A true urban culture arose with the construction of the Darsena (shipyard) at Prè and the fortification west of the Vault Gate (1312).
During this period, a new law system was established to govern the urban affairs of portal and city areas.

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