38. Genoa, Italy

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Why

Genoa, Italy is a quiet town by the bay. For some reason it has a huge port. From the hills within walking distance from the port, you can see for miles on a clear day. Plus it has really narrow streets that just seem to go on and on… One thing though about parts of Genoa, it looks like it could do with a paint job :-).

Genoa, Italy - Genoa Side streets

Genoa, Italy – Genoa Side streets

 

Genoa, Italy Homes

Genoa, Italy Homes

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Where

Genoa (Genova) is located on the south coast of Italy close to the French border.

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How To Get Here

Bus

Flixbus provides bus service within Italy.

By Cruise Ship

Genoa has a very large cruise ship port. Many Mediterranean Cruise stop here. I took MSC on my second visit to the area. This cruise has stopped in Marseilles, France (another unfamiliar destination) just before arriving in Genoa.

Genoa, Italy - MSC Fantasia

Genoa, Italy – MSC Fantasia

Plane

The closest airport is Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA). Book a flight to Genoa.

The airlines serving Genoa are: Air France (AF), Alitalia (AZ), Blue Panorama Airlines (BV), British Airways (BA), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Mistral Air (M4), Ryanair (FR), S7 Airlines (S7), Volotea (V7), Vueling (VY)

Ride Sharing

BlablaCar provides ridesharing service.

Train

There are two  train stations in Genoa that are connected by a free shuttle service – Brignole Train Station (east) and Principe Train Station (west). Train service throughout Italy is covered by ItaliaRail. I recommend taking the high speed train; Frecciarossa, you’ll be amazed.

Genoa, Italy - Genoa Central Railway Station

Genoa, Italy – Genoa Central Railway Station

 

Genoa, Italy - Local Train

Genoa, Italy – Local Train

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Where To Stay

Genoa has several places to stay. My first time there, I stayed within walking distance of the train station as I had an early train the next morning. You can find the large chains such as Accor, IHG (Intercontinental) and NH as well as local places as well.

Genoa, Italy - Grand Hotel Savoia

Genoa, Italy – Grand Hotel Savoia near the Principe Train Station

==>> You can find a list of hotels here.

==>> Check out Airbnb deals here.

Genoa, Italy - Genoa Apartments

Genoa, Italy – Genoa Apartments

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Where To Eat

It’s Italy, so there’s no shortage of great food. There’s street food as well as sit down restaurants and of course fast foods. Of course you should have some Italian-style pizza as well as Gelato. The Gelato in Genoa is really good.

Genoa, Italy - Pizzeria

Genoa, Italy – Pizzeria

==>> You can find a list of restaurants from TripAdvisor here.

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What To Do

I did quite a bit of walking in Genoa when I visited, I encourage you to do that same and explore the city. Genoa is also the birthplace of Christopher Columbus so there’s a statue just outside the main train station.

Genoa, Italy - Christopher Columbus statue

Also, visit the Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato.

Genoa, Italy - Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato

Genoa, Italy – Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato

 

Genoa, Italy - Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato

Genoa, Italy – Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato

==>> Here’s some additional information on Genoa from Lonely Planet.

==>> You may also check Viator for additional things to do.

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Additional Information

  1. Language: Italy
  2. Currency: EUR
  3. Visit Genoa
  4. Italian Tourism
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Genoa, Italy - Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato

Genoa, Italy – Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato

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4 Responses

  1. Brent says:

    Have you been to Lucca, Italy? It’s one of my favorite cities and is probably an unknown destination.

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