38. Genoa, Italy
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 (Genova) is located on the south coast of Italy close to the French border.
How To Get Here
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.
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)
BlablaCar provides ridesharing service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Also, visit the Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato.
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