A little bit of Italy in Vernon County
Village of Genoa picturesque town in which first settlers were natives of Italian Alps
Genoa, Wisconsin, was settled by Italian immigrants in the 1850s, who were first drawn to the U.S. by the lead mines near Galena and then to the farmlands of Vernon County. Until the 1920s, the town had remained an Italian American ethnic enclave. This article discusses the history and development of Genoa.