Comune di Moconesi


Location of Moconesi in Italy

Coordinates: 44°25′N 9°12′E / 44.417°N 9.200°E / 44.417; 9.200
Country Italy
Region Liguria
Province / Metropolitan city Genoa (GE)
Frazioni Cornia, Dragonaria, Ferrada (communal seat), Gattorna, Moconesi Alto, Pezzonasca, Santa Brilla, Terrarossa Colombo
  Mayor Gabriele Trossarello
  Total 16.1 km2 (6.2 sq mi)
Elevation 129 m (423 ft)
Population (31 December 2011)[1]
  Total 2,684
  Density 170/km2 (430/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Moconesini
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 16047
Dialing code 0185

Moconesi (Ligurian: Moconexi) is a municipality (comune) in the Metropolitan City of Genoa in the Italian region Liguria. The head-hamlet of Moconesi municipality is the village of Ferrada which is located about 40 kilometres (25 mi) northeast of Genoa and 1 kilometre (0.6 mi) from the house in Terrarossa, reportedly place of birth of Christopher Columbus.[2]

Moconesi would mean "casa di Mocco", the name of an ancient Roman legate found in the bronze tablet of Polcevera, an archeological finding of 1506 recording a sentence of the Roman Senate of 111 BC. This sentence concerned a territorial dispute of families in the Polcevera Valley of Northern Genoa).[3] The actual territories of Ferrada di Moconesi and vicinities were the property of the family Fieschi of Lavagna, before they became property of the Republic of Genoa in 1147. Moconesi was later included in the Captainship of Rapallo and within the French administration during Napoleon Bonaparte occupation of Northern Italy.

Moconesi borders the following municipalities: Cicagna, Favale di Malvaro, Lorsica, Montebruno, Neirone, Torriglia, Tribogna.


  1. All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. Other towns in Liguria claiming to be the birth place of Columbus are Savona and Genoa - Santa Margarita
  3. Agostino Giustiniani, Annali della Repubblica di Genova
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