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'''Genoa''' (Italian, ''Genova'') is an historical port city in northern [[Italy]]. Genoa was the European Capital of Culture for 2004.
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'''Genoa''' (Italian, ''Genova'') is a historical port city in northern [[Italy]], the capital of the Region of [[Liguria]]. Genoa today, as a tourist attraction, is often shadowed by cities such as [[Rome]] or [[Venice]], even though it has a long history as a rich and powerful trade centre. However, with its multitude of hidden gems behind cozy alleyways, excellent cuisine (notably fish and seafood), renovated old port, beautiful sights (including one of Europe's biggest aquariums), and its position as the European Capital of Culture in 2004 have made the birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus an enticing place which is gradually becoming more included in the touristic market. With pastel-coloured terracotta-roofed houses, artistic churches, lovely seaside villas, and also several luxurious boutiques, Genoa is a must see if you want to experience the "quintessential" Italy.  
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
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[[Image:Genoa port.JPG|thumb|right|300px|The busy city port, filled to the brim with yachts, boats, cruises, ferries and cargo ships. Genoa is a very important sea town in the Mediterranean.]]
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Venice, Rome, Milan, and Florence are of course the most known and admired towns in Italy. When moving to north-western Italy (Milan, Turin) it is nevertheless absolutely worth staying for a couple of days or a weekend in Genoa. The city is a good base to explore the Italian Riviera and world famous places like [[Portofino]] and the [[Cinque Terre]].
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Paolo Coelho wrote: "Among the marvels of  Italy, it will take some digging to find the beauties of Genova, but it is worth visiting it.  I remember walking there with a friend, when she suddenly said: “Let’s stop for a bit. I can’t stand this orange color!”". The fact is the more you stay the more you will enjoy and appreciate the town. A place where you discover daily new surprises, even if you stay for years.
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The city may be less known by major tourist operators, but its splendor is often hidden inside the narrow streets of the historical center, called "vicoli".
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Genoa is a sort of decayed glorious port town, whose decay, however, is what makes it so interesting and pretty. The facades of grand palaces are hidden in scruffy, yet enticing alleyways, and there are really curious treats for anyone in virtually every alley. The city is your "typical" Italian one - quite sunny (during summer), with Mediterranean-looking houses topped by grey slate roofs, filled to the brim with outdoor cafes and bars, with lots of tiny and quirky alleyways, elegant designer shops, and restaurants. Today, also, the old port has been renovated, and currently contains some funky avant-garde modern architecture, a delightful marina, and several seaside bars and shops.
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===Climate===
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Genoa has a classic mediterranean climate that is heavily influenced by the sea leading to warmer winters and cooler summers than cities on the other side of the Lingurian Mountains and the Po Valley. Genoa is also one of the rainiest cities in Italy. Winters are cool, with temperatures usually ranging from 6°C (43°F) and 12°C (54°F), and rainy. The city has 3 nights with below freezing temperatures but extensive cold periods are rare. The record low is -8°C (18°F), recorded recently in February 2012.
  
Venice, Rome, Florence are of course the most known and admired towns in Italy. When moving to north-western Italy (Milan, Turin) it is nevertheless absolutely worth staying for a couple of days or a weekend in Genoa.
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Summer is the touristy season of Genoa but it isn't as hot as in other italian cities. Summers are in fact cooler even than those of cities in the Italian Alps like [[Trento]] and [[Bolzano]]. Temperatures don't frequently surpass 30°C (86°F) (the average is 8 days each year) and nights usually stay around 20°C (68°F). Hot waves don't really affect Genoa but there might be 1 or 2 days per year when the mercury rises above 32°C (90°F). The record high is 38.5°C (101°F) and it was recorded in August 2015. Summer is also the driest part of the year and it's considered the most pleasant season to visit, being neither cold nor warm or rainy.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
  
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
 
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[[Image:Panorama Genoa.jpg|thumb|300px|right|The romantic port of Genoa, with its lovely seaside buildings and wooded rolling hills.]]
The [http://www.aeroportodigenova.com/en/home/pag.php?sez=what_to_see  Aeroporto di Genova - Cristoforo Colombo] provides several daily flights from other major European cities such as [[Rome]], [[Amsterdam]], [[London]], [[Munich]], and [[Paris]].  From the airport it is fairly easy to rent a car or take a shuttle (bus no. 100, also called Volabus) to the city center.
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The Aeroporto di Genova - Cristoforo Colombo [http://www.aeroportodigenova.com/] provides several daily flights from other major European cities such as [[Rome]], [[London]], [[Munich]], [[Paris]] and [[Moscow]] and from [[Istanbul]].  From the airport it is fairly easy to rent a car or take a shuttle (bus no. 100, also called Volabus) to the city center.
  
 
===By train===
 
===By train===
Genoa can be easy travelled to by train from [[Milan]], [[Turin]], [[Rome]], [[Tuscany]] ([[Pisa]], [[Livorno]] and [[Florence]] (changing train in Pisa or [[Viareggio]])) and [[France]] (There is a direct train connecting with [[Nice]]).
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Genoa can be easy travelled to by train from [[Milan]], [[Turin]], [[Rome]], [[Tuscany]] ([[Pisa]], [[Livorno]] and [[Florence]] (changing train in Pisa or [[Viareggio]])) and [[France]] (There is a direct train connecting with [[Nice]] and [[Marseille]]).
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There are two main train stations in Genoa, Brignole and Principe. Brignole serves most local routes and provides access to many bus lines. Principe serves local as well as long distance trains and many trains from [[Milan]] and beyond will only stop at this station.
  
 
===By car===
 
===By car===
Coming from [[Milan]] you can reach Genoa via the A7-E62 (approx. 145 km). Mind though that the last part, from Serravalle to Genoa, is incredibly twisty, making you wonder if you’re still on the highway or accidentally have taken a wrong turn into a motordrome. It’s therefore advisable to take an alternative route, turning off the A7 at the deviation near Tortona and heading on the A26/A7, following Genova, [[Ventimiglia]], [[Savona]], Voltri; making it a longer (+20 km), but certainly safer and more comfortable trip, unless you want to spice up you journey and observe how (some) Italians drive. The same highway is less twisty northbound.
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Coming from [[Milan]] you can reach Genoa via the A7-E62 (approx. 145 km). Mind though that the last part, from Serravalle to Genoa, is incredibly twisty, making you wonder if you’re still on the highway or accidentally have taken a wrong turn into a motordrome. It’s therefore advisable to take an alternative route, turning off the A7 at the deviation near Tortona and heading on the A26/A7, following Genova, [[Ventimiglia]], [[Savona]], Voltri; making it a longer (+20 km), but certainly safer and more comfortable trip, unless you want to spice up your journey and observe how (some) Italians drive. The same highway is less twisty northbound.
  
 
Coming from [[Turin]] you can either take the A6/E717 to [[Savona]] (137 km) and then go to Genoa following the beautiful, but twisty A10 coast highway (an other 45 km) or follow the Genova [[Piacenza]] indications you'll find on the ringroad heading south. This latter is the shorter alternative (170 km total), but offers fewer sightseeing opportunities.
 
Coming from [[Turin]] you can either take the A6/E717 to [[Savona]] (137 km) and then go to Genoa following the beautiful, but twisty A10 coast highway (an other 45 km) or follow the Genova [[Piacenza]] indications you'll find on the ringroad heading south. This latter is the shorter alternative (170 km total), but offers fewer sightseeing opportunities.
  
Coming from the French Riviera just follow the highway A10 and enjoy the sight (approx 160 km from the  French border).
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Coming from the French Riviera just follow the highway A10 and enjoy the sight (approx 160 km from the  French border).  If you're tempted to avoid the toll roads, be aware that it will take you at least three or four times as long although you might get better views.
  
 
Coming from [[Tuscany]] you can take the A12 from Rosignano to Genoa; mind that you must have snow chains on board between the gates of Carrodano and [[Sestri Levante]] when travelling from November 1st to March 31st, even though snow is seldom a problem here.
 
Coming from [[Tuscany]] you can take the A12 from Rosignano to Genoa; mind that you must have snow chains on board between the gates of Carrodano and [[Sestri Levante]] when travelling from November 1st to March 31st, even though snow is seldom a problem here.
  
 
===By bus===
 
===By bus===
Genoa can be reached via Eurolines coach from many European countries.
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Genoa can be reached via Eurolines coach from many European countries. Long distance buses also run from Nice.
  
 
===By boat===
 
===By boat===
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Other direct ferry routes from Genoa are;
 
Other direct ferry routes from Genoa are;
 
[[Barcelona]] ([[Spain]]),  
 
[[Barcelona]] ([[Spain]]),  
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[[Valletta]] ([[Malta]]),
 
[[Bastia]] ([[Corsica]]),
 
[[Bastia]] ([[Corsica]]),
[[Olbia]],
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[[Olbia]] and [[Porto Torres]] ([[Sardinia]]),
[[Palermo]] ([[Italy]]) and
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[[Palermo]] ([[Sicily]]), [[Tangier]] ([[Morocco]]) and [[Tunis]] ([[Tunisia]]).
[[Porto Torres]]. It is best to book early to avoid over-booking on the ferries.
 
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
There regular buses servicing the whole city, but the timetables one can see at stops are not always reliable. In addition to this there is a short tube railway connecting the city center with the peripheral district of Rivarolo. With the tube connection is also possible to cross the medieval center which usually has too narrow streets (called 'caruggi') for cars or busses.
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Locals will say driving around the city is somewhat faster than public transportation (traffic jams at rush hours notwithstanding), but once you have reached your destination you are faced with the nightmare and frustration of looking for a nonexistent parking spot. It is not just chance that most locals switched from cars to scooters - to the extent that even finding a spot for a scooter has become difficult too. All attractions within the center are in walking distance or well served by public transportation, therefore a car is of no use at all. If you still decide to drive into the city, don't bet on available street parking (there are street parking fees anyway) go directly to a parking garage and hope not all of them are full. If you think of driving to the beach on a sunny weekend day within Genoa or in another town along the coast, forget it. Finding a parking spot in walking distance to your beach is an once-in-a-lifetime event. Use public transit instead.
  
Trains travel through the whole city in the east/west direction; this is probably the best way to travel if you plan to see some peripheral districts on the coastline, as no bus travels for the whole width of the city.
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Public transportation will probably be your best bet within the city. The bus network is operated by AMT[http://www.amt.genova.it/] and services the whole city from 4 AM until 2 AM at night. Be sure to check routes and timetables you need because the system can be somewhat confusing, e.g. some routes only travel at certain times and are replaced by other similar ones with different numbers at those times. There is also an underground line connecting the Brignole train station with the northwestern neighborhood of Rivarolo, serving the main square, piazza De Ferrari, the historical center, the Porto Antico touristic area, the Stazione Principe main train station and the ferry terminal at Dinegro along the route. Tickets are sold on board at a special fare (€2,50 instead of €1,50), so you may buy the ticket onboard only if there's no alternative; you need to buy your ticket before boarding the bus at a newspaper kiosk or a tobacconist's or an underground station, and validate it at a punching machine once you have boarded the bus. For trains, purchase a ticket from a machine at any underground station, and validate it at a punching machine before boarding. Single tickets cost 1,50 € and are valid for 100 minutes after validation for an unlimited number of travels in any direction. A daily pass costs 4,50 €, while a group daily pass valid for 4 persons costs 9,00 €. Those passes must be validated at the beginning of your first ride.
  
The historical center is serviced by bus only around some important squares and streets (Piazza Acquaverde for Stazione di Piazza Principe, Piazza della Nunziata, Largo Zecca, Piazza Corvetto, Piazza Caricamento); ''caruggi'' are best seen on foot.
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There are also a number of public elevators and cable railways connecting the center with the neighborhoods on the surrounding hills. The upper stations of the ''Ascensore di Castelletto'' elevator and of the ''Funicolare del righi'' railway offer an astonishing view of the city.
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Trenitalia[http://www.trenitalia.com/] suburban and regional trains travel in east-west direction along the coast connecting all the coastal neighborhoods/suburbs with the city center. This is the most convenient means of transportation if you plan to see some peripheral districts or towns along the coastline. AMT tickets (not everyone, see below: '''in particular the 1,50€ is NOT valid on Trenitalia trains''') and passes are valid on Trenitalia trains within the city limits (Voltri and Nervi); single tickets only allow one train ride, and you will need to validate them again at the yellow punching machines at the stations - check for the correct validating space with the name "Trenitalia" on the back side of the ticket. If you are traveling outside the city limits to visit some outer towns, you will have to buy a ticket at a Trenitalia counter or machine. It is advisable to buy return tickets right away because there are usually no ticket counters at minor stations and chances are good that the ticket machines there won't work, turning buying a ticket (or discussing with the conductor on the return train) into a hassle.
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There are many different types of public transport tickets, with different prices:
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* The "Biglietto ordinario" (regular ticket) costs € 1,50 and allows you to make unlimited journeys within the AMT network for 100 minutes from the validation, except for Volabus (the bus serving Genoa Airport) and Navebus (the fast passenger ship service between the Porto Antico area and Pegli). You must validate the ticket immediately after boarding or at the entrace of the subway/funicular/elevator station.  '''This ticket is NOT valid onboard Trenitalia trains''': if found travelling on a Trenitalia train with this ticket you will receive an €50 ticket from the conductor.
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* The "Biglietto integrato" (integrated ticket) costs € 1,60 and allows you to make unlimited journeys within the AMT network for 100 minutes from the first validation and one journey onboard a Trenitalia train within the urban area (from Genova Voltri to Genova Nervi). You must validate the ticket immediately after boarding or at the entrace of the subway/funicular/elevator station when using the AMT network (on the front side), and at the station just before boarding the Trenitalia train (on the back side). This kind of ticket is also sold in 10 tickets packs for €15.
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* The GenovaPass is a ticket that allows you to make unlimited journeys onboard both AMT (except for Volabus and Navebus) ad Trenitalia for 24 hours from validation. This ticket needs to be validated only on the front side. This ticket is also sold in a 4 people version for €9 (50% discount), or in 5 24h tickets packs for €18.
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The historic center of Genoa is serviced by bus only around some important squares and streets (Piazza Acquaverde for Stazione di Piazza Principe, Piazza della Nunziata, Largo Zecca, Piazza Corvetto, Piazza Caricamento). Its ''caruggi'' alleys are so narrow that no vehicular traffic is physically possible, and they have to be visited on foot - distances are definitely not huge anyway.
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AMT also operates a public boat service called Navebus (check the timetables here: [http://www.amt.genova.it/rete_e_orari/navebus.asp]) connecting the Porto Antico to Pegli. It is a great and cheap way to have a look at the city from the sea; once in Pegli, you can pay a visit to the Villa Pallavicini public park.
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Private boat services start from the Porto Antico and travel along the coast to Camogli, San Fruttuoso, Portofino, Chiavari and the Cinqueterre.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
Museums:
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===Museums===
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Please note that you can buy the "Acquario Village" ticket which gives you access to the Aquarium, the Galata Museum, Bigo Panoramic Lift and the Biosphere.
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* <see name="Acquario di Genova" alt="Aquarium" address="" directions="in the old town, at the Old Port" lat="" long="" phone="+39 010 23451" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.acquariodigenova.it/en" hours="Aquarium Hours from 8:30 to 21:00 last entrance at 19:00" price="">The biggest in Europe. See also the panoramic lift, the Biosphere. You can also book a guided tour for single visitors, families or small groups with a biologist choosing day, hour and also theme of your visit.</see>
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* <see name="Galata Museo del Mare" alt="Sea Museum" address="Calata De Mari 1" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.galatamuseodelmare.it/?lang=en" hours="" price="">Learn about the lives of sailors, emigrants and passengers.</see>
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* <see name="Castello D'Albertis Museum of World Cultures" alt="Ethnographical Museum" address="Corso Dogali, 18" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.museidigenova.it/en/museum/castello-dalbertis-museum-world-cultures" hours="Summer (April -  September): Tue, Wed, Fri: 10:00 - 18:00 (last entry 17:00)
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Thu: 13:00 - 22:00 (until 12th September); Sat and Sun:  10:00 - 19:00 (last entry 18:00). Closed: Monday; Winter (October - March) Tue to Fri: 10:00 - 17:00 (last entry 16:00)
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Saturday and Sunday:  10:00 - 18:00 (last entry 17:00). Closed: Monday" price="Full price € 6,00; Reduced price (5-12 years- >65 years - agreement) € 4,50; Free admission (children 0-4 years); Groups (n. 1 free every 25 paying) € 4,50"></see>
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* <see name="Gallery of Modern Art (GAM)" alt="" address="Villa Saluzzo Serra Via Capolungo 3" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+39 010 3726025 - +39 010 5574739" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="+39 010 3200333" url="http://www.museidigenova.it/en/museum/gallery-modern-art-gam" hours="Summer (April -October) Tuesday to Friday: 11-18;
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Saturday and Sunday: 12-19; Closed: Monday. Winter (November - March) Tuesday to Sunday: 11-17; Closed: Monday, New Year's Day and Christmas Day" price=" Full price € 6,00
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- Reduced € 5,00 - Reduced € 3,00 (5 - 18 years) - Free: children 0-4 years"></see>
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* <see name="Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce" alt="" address="Via Jacopo Ruffini 3" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+39 010 580069 / + 39 010 585772" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.museidigenova.it/en/museum/museum-contemporary-art-villa-croce" hours="" price=""></see>
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* <see name="Strada Nuova Museums - Palazzo Bianco" alt="" address="Via Garibaldi, 11" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+39 010 5572193" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="+39 010 5572269" url="http://www.museidigenova.it/en/museum/palazzo-bianco" hours="" price="">An important collection of Genoese, Italian and European paintings from the 16th to the 18th century, together with two other magnificent buildings on the same road (Palazzo Rosso and Palazzo Doria Tursi). The baroque Strada Nuova is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. </see>
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* <see name="Strada Nuova Museums - Palazzo Rosso" alt="" address="via Garibaldi, 18" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+39 010 5572193" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="+39 010 5572269" url="http://www.museidigenova.it/en/museum/palazzo-rosso" hours="" price=""></see>
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* <see name="Oriental Art Museum “E. Chiossone”" alt="" address="Piazzale Giuseppe Mazzini, 4" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+39 010 542285" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="+39 010 580526" url="http://www.museidigenova.it/en/museum/oriental-art-museum-“e-chiossone”" hours="" price="">The biggest European collection of oriental art.</see>
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* <see name="Museum of Natural History “Giacomo Doria”" alt="" address="Via Brigata Liguria, 9" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+39 010 564567 - +39 010 582171" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="+39 010 566319" url="http://www.museidigenova.it/en/museum/museum-natural-history-“giacomo-doria”" hours="" price=""></see>
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* <see name="Cathedral Museum" alt="" address="Piazza San Lorenzo " directions="San Lorenzo cathedral" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.museidigenova.it/en/museum/treasure-museum" hours="" price=""></see>
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* <see name="Museum of St. Augustin" alt="Museo di Sant'Agostino" address="Piazza Sarzano 35" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+39 010 2511263" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="+39 010 2464516" url="http://www.museidigenova.it/en/museum/museum-st-augustin" hours="" price=""> A convent displaying various medieval works of art.</see>
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* <see name="Ligurian Archeological Museum" alt="Museo di Archeologia" address="Villa Durazzo-Pallavicini, Via Ignazio Pallavicini, 13" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+39 010 6981048" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="+39 010 6974040" url="http://www.museidigenova.it/en/museum/ligurian-archeological-museum" hours="" price=""></see>
  
*The '''Aquarium''' [http://www.acquario.ge.it/index.asp] The biggest in Europe!
 
*The '''Naval Museum''' [http://www.museonavale.it]
 
*'''Ethnographical Museum''' [http://www.castellodalbertisgenova.it]
 
*'''Museum of Modern Art - Wolfson''' [http://www.gamgenova.it]
 
*'''Museum of Modern Art - Villa Croce''' [http://www.museovillacroce.it]
 
*'''Museums of Fine Arts - Strada Nuova''' - Palazzo Bianco (White Palace) [http://www.palazzobianco.it] and Palazzo Rosso (Red Palace) [http://www.palazzorosso.it]
 
*'''Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art''' [http://www.museochiossonegenova.it] The biggest European collection of oriental art.
 
*'''Doria Museum of Natural History''' [http://www.museodoria.it]
 
*'''The Cathedral Museum''' [http://www.museosanlorenzo.it]
 
*'''Museum of St. Augustine''' [http://www.museosantagostino.it] A convent displaying various medievil works of art.
 
*'''Ligurian Archeological Museum''' [http://www.museoarcheologicogenova.it]
 
 
*'''Luxoro Museum''' [http://www.museoluxoro.it] A private collection which houses various works of art and furniture.
 
*'''Luxoro Museum''' [http://www.museoluxoro.it] A private collection which houses various works of art and furniture.
 
*'''Raccolte Frugone''' [http://www.raccoltefrugone.it] The Nervi's former private art collection.
 
*'''Raccolte Frugone''' [http://www.raccoltefrugone.it] The Nervi's former private art collection.
 
*'''Wolfsoniana''' [http://www.wolfsoniana.it] A museum of modern applied arts.
 
*'''Wolfsoniana''' [http://www.wolfsoniana.it] A museum of modern applied arts.
 
*'''Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace)''' [http://www.palazzorealegenova.it] Owns a historical picture gallery.
 
*'''Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace)''' [http://www.palazzorealegenova.it] Owns a historical picture gallery.
*'''National Ligurian Gallery at the Spinola Palace''' [http://www.palazzosinola.it]
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*'''National Ligurian Gallery at the Spinola Palace''' [http://www.palazzospinola.it]
 
*'''Museum of the Ligurian Art Academy''' [http://www.accademialigustica.it]
 
*'''Museum of the Ligurian Art Academy''' [http://www.accademialigustica.it]
 
*'''Museum at the Prince's Palace''' [http://www.palazzodelprincipe.it] Another Genovese historical art collection.
 
*'''Museum at the Prince's Palace''' [http://www.palazzodelprincipe.it] Another Genovese historical art collection.
 
*'''Ippolito National Ligurian Museum''' [http://www.mna.it]
 
*'''Ippolito National Ligurian Museum''' [http://www.mna.it]
 
 
*The '''Cathedral of San Lorenzo'''
 
*The '''Cathedral of San Lorenzo'''
 
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*The '''palazzi dei rolli''' present on World Heritage List of UNESCO [http://www.irolli.it/english.html]
 
*The historical centre:
 
*The historical centre:
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* '''Santa Maria di Castello''' [http://www.santamariadicastello.it/], the cloister of the domenican order, the museum and the ''summer cathedral'' offer a lot of treasures and exploring them is free during the opening hours of the church
  
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===Landmarks===
 
Genoa is known to have Europe’s biggest historical center. This is the heart of the old city. It’s made up of an incredible amount of tiny streets and alleys called ''Caruggi''. Walking through it will plump you right back in ancient times when Genoa was the most important harbor of  the Mediterranean sea. The city is generally safe, but caution is to be applied, especially at night time and in the more quiet zones toward Piazza Principe and the old harbor, due to presence of small criminality.
 
Genoa is known to have Europe’s biggest historical center. This is the heart of the old city. It’s made up of an incredible amount of tiny streets and alleys called ''Caruggi''. Walking through it will plump you right back in ancient times when Genoa was the most important harbor of  the Mediterranean sea. The city is generally safe, but caution is to be applied, especially at night time and in the more quiet zones toward Piazza Principe and the old harbor, due to presence of small criminality.
  
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* <see name="Lanterna" alt="" address="" directions="15 min walk from the nearby underground station (Dinegro) and from the parking of the Ferry Terminal." lat="" long="" phone="+39 010 4076583" tollfree="" email=" [email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.lanternadigenova.it/" hours="weekends and holidays 14:30 - 18:30" price="">the oldest European lighthouse and a prominent Genovese symbol. The Lanterna fortifications, the lighthouse with the panoramic view, the promenade and the park can be visited on weekends and holidays.</see>
 
*The natal house of '''Cristoforo Colombo'''. In piazza Dante you will find what is said to be the natal house of Columbus;
 
*The natal house of '''Cristoforo Colombo'''. In piazza Dante you will find what is said to be the natal house of Columbus;
  
*The impressive fortification belt built on the hills surrounding the city, originating in the 16th Century;
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*The impressive fortification belt built on the hills surrounding the city, originating in the 16th Century [http://www.forti-genova.com/];
  
 
*There is a funicular railway servicing Monte Righi, where one can have pleasant walks on the surrounding hills and to the fortifications (see above), or just admire the spectacular view of the city and the Mediterranean Sea.
 
*There is a funicular railway servicing Monte Righi, where one can have pleasant walks on the surrounding hills and to the fortifications (see above), or just admire the spectacular view of the city and the Mediterranean Sea.
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*'''The Old Harbour''' (Porto Antico), next to the Aquarium, is an entertainment area with museums, cinemas, cafés and also a beautiful promenade along the sea.
 
*'''The Old Harbour''' (Porto Antico), next to the Aquarium, is an entertainment area with museums, cinemas, cafés and also a beautiful promenade along the sea.
 
*The Lanterna - the oldest European lighthouse and a prominent Genovese symbol
 
  
 
*A lot of beautiful churches, some of which date back to the Romanesque time (San Giovanni di Pre', San Donato, Santa Maria del Castello)
 
*A lot of beautiful churches, some of which date back to the Romanesque time (San Giovanni di Pre', San Donato, Santa Maria del Castello)
  
*'''Corso Italia''' - Genoa's prmenade
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*'''Corso Italia''' - Genoa's promenade
  
 
*'''Boccadasse''' - a picturesque fishermen quarter
 
*'''Boccadasse''' - a picturesque fishermen quarter
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*'''Castello d'Albertis''' [http://www.castellodalbertisgenova.it]
 
*'''Castello d'Albertis''' [http://www.castellodalbertisgenova.it]
  
*'''Pallazzo Ducale''' Where the Dukes of Genoa used to live.
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*'''Palazzo Ducale''' Where the Dukes of Genoa used to live.
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*'''Il Galeone "Neptune"''' -- a fanciful recreation of a pirate ship. [http://www.foto.genova.it/z04cGaleone.htm]
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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There are plenty of things to do in Genoa. A lot of young kids spend their time playing with their friends in public pools and share ice-creams in the summer time. There are a lot of paintings in the town and on the brick floors which a lot of people admire. Fishing for catfish is also a hobby most people have.
  
 
==Learn==
 
==Learn==
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You can study Italian with native Italian teachers at inlingua Genova (http://www.italianingenoa.com), located in the heart of the historical center. They offer a wide range of courses to students af all ages and levels. You can see reviews of them on the coursefinders website.
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Italian Language classes '''Lingua Madre Cultural Association''' [http://www.linguamadre.it] [mailto:[email protected]].Lingua Madre offers a wide range of courses, in a friendly atmosphere, where you can quickly learn Italian and make new friends.
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Italian language courses organised by Scuola Tricolore [http://www.scuola-tricolore.it]. Whether you are interested in group or individual courses, in the morning, afternoon or evening, Scuola Tricolore offers high quality tuition and for those interested accommodation and leisure activities. Courses available in the morning, afternoon and evening.
  
==Work==
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Italian Luanguage School A Door to Italy [http://www.adoortoitaly.com] - the ideal school for foreigners who like to improve their language skills. You can ask for private teachers and personalized lessons even outside of the schoolfacilities.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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Genoa is great for shopping. You have the designer boutiques, department stores, food shops, and antique dealers.
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Downtown, for those who want luxury boutique browsing, you can find some world class fashion-related shopping along Via XX Settembre, starting from Piazza Ferrari.
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There are a lot of small, picturesque and tourism-related shops in the centre. These are mainly in the central squares and the small alleyways. You can find souvenir stalls, kiosks selling books and snacks, sailor-themed stalls, traditional flea markets, modern and antique furniture dealers, little bookstores and tiny art galleries.
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There is a large shopping center called Fiumara located near Genova Sampierdarena train station. To reach Fiumara, take a local train to Genova Sampierdarena station and exit the station. Turn left and go under a bridge, near which there is a sign to the left for Fiumara. The shopping center is visible from the other side of the bridge and is about 10 minutes walk. The mall can also be reached by car or bus routes 1, 2, 4 and 22.
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The mall is open from 9AM-9PM Monday - Sunday. Nearby there is a theater and activity center which includes a pool hall, bowling alley and restaurants.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
  
The vast majority of places charges service for a fixed amount per person (called 'coperto'), as is custom in Italy.
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The vast majority of places charges service for a fixed amount per person (called ''coperto''), as is custom in Italy. A trattoria, cafe or bar will not charge this fee for lunch, and this is often a good place to get pasta or a sandwich in the afternoon. Restaurants are open from approximately 12:30 - 3:00PM for lunch and 7:30 - 10:00PM for dinner.  
  
 
===Budget===
 
===Budget===
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* Pasta e Birra Take It Easy [http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pasta-Birra/138321639533931], Piazza Ferretto 10 rosso - Close to Magistrato Di Misericordia Church and the Genova Cathedral. Great, fresh pasta on a budget - less than 5 euro for a pasta and drink. Try the regional 'trofie with pesto sauce'. No reservation.
  
 
* Trattoria Da Maria, Vico Testadoro 14 - ph. ''+39 010'' 581080 - Close to Piazza de Ferrari, traditional regional cuisine and a practical and crowded atmosphere. Possible opening for lunch only, no reservation.
 
* Trattoria Da Maria, Vico Testadoro 14 - ph. ''+39 010'' 581080 - Close to Piazza de Ferrari, traditional regional cuisine and a practical and crowded atmosphere. Possible opening for lunch only, no reservation.
  
* Osteria La Lanterna, Via San Siro 12R - ph. ''+39 010'' 2461608 - Close to Via San Luca and Museo del Risorgimento, this restaurant offers mainly fish dishes at a very reasonable price.
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* Osteria La Lanterna, Via San Siro 12R - ph. ''+39 010'' 2461608 - Close to Via San Luca and Museo del Risorgimento, this restaurant offers mainly fish dishes.
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* Trattoria Sa Pesta, Via Giustiniani 16r - ph. ''++39 010'' 2468336 - In the old town, this restaurant offers traditional regional cuisine.
  
 
===Mid-range===
 
===Mid-range===
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*<eat name="Le Colonne di San Bernardo" alt="" address="Via San Bernardo 59r" directions="" phone="+39-010-2462646" url="http://www.colonnedisanbernardo.it/" hours="8PM - 10PM" price="EUR 35" lat="44°24'22" long="8°55'49">Fish and meat specialities with limited choice, but high quality and a selection of excellent wines. All prepared with great care. Sweets represent a wonderful surprise, not to miss.</eat>
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*<eat name="Ombre Rosse" alt="" address="Vico Indoratori 20-22-24 r" directions="" phone="010 2757608 / 347 4280698" url="" hours="Lunch, Dinner" price="EUR 25" lat="" long="">Quality Genovese typical food, like pansotti, vegetable cakes, baccala, lepre, brasato.</eat>
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*<eat name="La Berlocca" alt="" address="via ai Macelli di Soziglia 45r" directions="" phone="010 4075555" url="" hours="Lunch, Dinner" price="EUR 35" lat="" long="">Fish & meat of great quality. Excellent choice of wines.</eat>
  
 
===Splurge===
 
===Splurge===
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* '''Grace Restaurant''' [http://www.thi-hotels.com/hotels/bentley-hotel/restaurant-genoa.html]: the cuisine, linked to the territory, combines the flavours and aromas of Liguria with the pleasures of traditional international cuisine and is entrusted to the expert hands of Chef Salvatore Di Carlo.
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* '''Ristorante Zeffirino''': allegedly one of Frank Sinatra's favourite restaurants (apparently he had them send him regular supplies of their pesto), Zeffirino is one of Genoa's gems. Hidden up a long flight of steps just off Via XX Settembre in the heart of Genoa, it can be a little hard to find but well worth it. Stunning food, truly excellent service and a beautifully appointed dining room makes for a memorable lunch or dinner.
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===Specialities===
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* '''Pesto sauce''' originates from the city of Genova. It is used in many dishes, including pastas and pizzas. You can always order from the huge variety of pastas and pizzas available here, but trying the one which is based on Pesto is a must to experience the traditional Genovese cuisine.
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* Another must try from the Genovese or Ligurian cuisine is the '''focaccia''', which essentially is a flat oven-baked Italian bread, which may be topped with onions, herbs, or other foodstuffs. They are quite tasty and often cheaper than pizzas. There are many 'Focaccerias' scattered throughout Genova and its surroundings. These are basically take away places, and easy on the wallet, too. In many of the focaccerias, you will find improvised varieties of focaccias, but usually, the best tasting ones come with only tomatoes or onions and a bit of olive oil. The original "focaccia" is simply topped with olive oil and salt.
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* Don't miss to try the '''farinata''', a thin crusty pie made with chick-peas flour, water, salt, and olive oil.
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
  
*'''Piazza delle Erbe''': small square in the medieval center, with nice bars (5 min. walking from Piazza De Ferrari and Palazzo Ducale) open most of the nights; especially crowded on Friday (as a big part of the old town) for the student/young people night.
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*'''Piazza delle Erbe''': small square in the old town, with nice bars (5 min. walking from Piazza De Ferrari and Palazzo Ducale) open until 1 AM. On Fridays and Saturdays the bars are open until 2 or 3 and it is crowded of young people until the morning.
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*<drink name="" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Riviera hotel Pl</drink> Area of Porto Antico. Down of piazza Caricamento and close to the Bigo there is a float restaurant with the nose of it being a night bar, with sometimes offering live music. Wide wood chairs to relax and see the sea in summer.
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Les Rouges Bar at Palazzo Imperiale, close to De Ferrari square and S.Lorenzo Cathedral, drinks and food with local ingredients in a 16th century Rolli listed building with original frescoes, open every evening till midnight.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
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===Budget===
 
===Budget===
  
*'''Youth Hostel''', via Costanzi 120, tel. (0039)0102422457, [email protected] (to reach from the center by bus no. 40)
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* <sleep name="Hotel Nuovo Nord" alt="" address="Via Balbi 155" directions="" phone="+39 010 2464470" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hotelnuovonord.com/index_eng.asp" checkin="" checkout="" price="single €60-110, double €80-145">Completely renewed, in the front of the railways station Porta Principe, all the main attractions are within walking distance.</sleep>
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*'''Youth Hostel''', via Costanzi 120, tel. (0039)0102422457, [mailto:[email protected] [email protected]] (to reach from the center by bus no. 40)
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*'''Columbus Village Accommodations''' [http://www.columbusvillage.com/], Via XX Settembre 26/5 16121 Genova, tel: +39 010 8692029. (From the US 011 39 010 8692029). An agency that rents local bed & breakfast accommodations in Genoa.  They also rent accommodations in the surrounding area and short-let apartments.
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* <sleep name="Hotel Villa Bonera" alt="" address="Via Sarfatti 8" directions="" phone="+39 010 3726164" url="http://www.villabonera.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="single €53-75, double €50-83" lat="" long="" email="" fax="+39 010 3728565"></sleep>
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* <sleep name="B&B Casa Aurora" alt="" address="Piazza San Giorgio 32/12" directions="" phone="+39 010 2541677" email="" fax="" url="http://www.casa-aurora.com/bed_and_breakfast_genova.php/lang=ING" checkin="" checkout="" price="">In the city center of the old town.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="B&B Albatros" alt="" address="Via Prè 10/6" directions="" phone="+39 349 7626273" email="" fax="" url="http://www.albatrosgenova.it" checkin="" checkout="" price="single €30-35, double €65-70">In the historical centre of Genoa, few steps from the main tourist attractions of the city, few steps from the famous Aquarium. Ideal for city tour, for tourist trip, business trip, or for those who stop for a quick break. Metro station, Bus and Taxi stops are next to B&B.</sleep>
  
*'''Columbus Village Accommodations''', Via XX Settembre 26/5 16121 Genova tel +39 010 8692029  (From the US 011 39 010 8692029)
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* <sleep name="B&B Il Vico" alt="" address="Vico del Dragone 4/6" directions="" phone="+39 339 5753845" lat="44.40512" lon="8.93355" email="" fax="" url="http://www.ilvicogenova.it" checkin="" checkout="" price="single €60-90, double €80-120">A recently refurbished B&B in Central Genoa in the proximity of the main tourist attractions (aquarium, historical palaces, cathedral, etc.) and business venues.</sleep>
An agency that rents local bed & breakfast accommodations in Genoa. They also rent accommodations in the surrounding area and short-let apartments. Reservations through their website: [http://www.columbusvillage.com/ Columbus Village]
 
  
*'''Hotel Villa Bonera''', Via Sarfatti, 8 - tel. +39 010.3726164, fax. +39 010.3728565 , [http://www.villabonera.com/en/index.htm]
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* <sleep name="La Casa Ligure" alt="La Casa Ligure" address="Via Galata 37/5" phone="+39 331 8144338" email="[email protected].net" url="http://www.lacasaligure.net">They offers a selection of apartments in the historic center of Genoa, a few steps from all the main attractions of the city. They also provide tourist assistance before and during the stay.</sleep>
  
 
===Mid-range===
 
===Mid-range===
*'''Hotel Cairoli ''', Via Cairoli 14 - Ph. ''+39 010'' 2461454 - Fax ''+39 010'' 2467512 [http://www.hotelcairoligenova.com/en/index.htm]. Situated in the historical center of the city and close to the Museum of the Risorgimento, the Aquarium, the Bigo and the Porto Antico. Single room from 55€, double room from 75€ (as of September 2006).
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*<sleep name="Apartment Santa Maria di Castello" alt="Santa Maria di Castello" address="Salita Santa Maria di Castello 15" directions="" phone="+39-34834864696" url="http://www.apartmentgenoa.it/apartment-maria/" checkin="" checkout="" price="€600/6 days" lat="" long="">100 sqm Apartment in the oldest part of the historical center of Genova. 2 bedrooms. Ideal for 4 people.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hotel Cairoli" alt="" address="Via Cairoli 14" directions="" phone="+39 010 2461454" email="" fax="+39 010 2467512" url="http://www.hotelcairoligenova.com/en/" checkin="" checkout="" price="€50-150">Situated in the historical center of the city and close to Porto Antico.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hotel Minerva" alt="" address="Via Maragliano 34D, Santa Margherita Ligure" directions="" phone="+39 0185 286073" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hminerva.it" checkin="" checkout="" price="€80-190">The Hotel Minerva is located in Santa Margherita Ligure in a quiet area a short walk from the beaches</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Nologo Hotel" address="Viale Sauli, 5 - 16121 Genova / Genoa" phone="+39 010 5848285" url="http://www.hotelnologo.it/" price="">Nologo Hotel is a new kind of hospitality blending up style and comfort both for business travelers than families.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="NH Plaza" address="Via Martin Piaggio, 11. 16122 Genova. Genoa" phone="+39 010 83161" url="http://www.nh-hotels.com/nh/en/hotels/italy/genoa/nh-plaza.html" price="Rooms from 95€">This 4* hotel is located in the heart of the financial district and is just a short distance from many well-known tourist attractions.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="NH Marina" address="Molo Ponte Calvi, 5. 16124 Genova. Genoa" phone="+39 010 25391" url="http://www.nh-hotels.it/nh/it/hotels/italia/genova/nh-marina.html" price="Rooms from 95€">This 4* hotel is located near the '''Aquarium''' [http://www.acquario.ge.it/index.asp], the '''Sea Museum''' [http://www.galatamuseodelmare.it] and the '''Naval Museum''' [http://www.museonavale.it] along the waterfront and is just a short distance from many well-known tourist attractions.</sleep>
  
 
===Splurge===
 
===Splurge===
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*'''Locanda di Palazzo Cicala''',[http://www.palazzocicala.it]. Locanda di Palazzo Cicala has all the magic of a "hotel de charme". It is in the very heart of the historic city centre, opposite S. Lorenzo Cathedral, just a short walk from the Old Harbour, the Cotone Congressi congress centre and the art exhibitions in Palazzo Ducale.
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* <sleep name="Hotel Bristol Palace" alt="" address="Via XX Settembre, 35" directions="" phone=" +39 010 592541" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="+39 010 561756" url="https://www.hotelbristolpalace.it/en" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Best Western Plus City Hotel" alt="" address="Via S. Sebastiano 6" directions="" phone="+39 010 584707" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="+39 010 586301" url="https://www.bwcityhotel-ge.it/en/home-page.aspx" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Grand Hotel Savoia" alt="" address="Via Arsenale di Terra 5" directions="" phone=+39 010 27721"" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="https://www.grandhotelsavoiagenova.it/en/" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
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*'''Sheraton Genova''', [http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/search/hotel_detail.html?propertyID=313].
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*'''Hotel Romantik Pagoda'''.
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*'''AC Hotel Genova'''.
  
*'''Savoia Continental Hotel''' [http://www.epoquehotels.com/h.php/genoa-hotels/boutique-hotel/h/savoiacontinentalhotel/l/en/].
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==Stay safe==
*'''Hotel Bristol Palace'''[www.hotelbristolpalace.com/]
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*'''Best Western City''' [www.bestwestern.it/city_ge/]
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Streets in Genoa are usually quite safe, especially in the main tourist areas and residential areas. Downtown, Castelletto, Albaro, Carignano, Sturla, Quarto dei Mille, Quinto del Mare and Nervi are all safe districts during the day as well as the evening and night.
*'''Hotel Savoia Majestic''' [www.hotelsavoiagenova.it]
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*'''Sheraton Genova''' [www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/search/hotel_detail.html?propertyID=313]
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However, tourists should exercise some caution in Genoa's '''old town'''. A tourist should be careful in sketchy areas north Piazza Caricamento and around Via di Pre, Via della Madellena, Via del Campo, Via Banchi and Via Luccoli. During the day these places are tolerable if you exercise caution and know exactly where you're going but during the night they should be completely avoided. Petty crimes, and in rare instances even muggings, do occur in these areas and prostitutes can be seen waiting for their clients even at noon (Genoa is known for being pretty tolerant towards prostitution). Via Garibaldi is completely safe during the day (after nightfall it can become deserted) but the areas immediately south of it are not and if you want reach Piazza di Ferrari or the Cathedral it's best to go around through Via XXV Aprille. Just follow your common sense and stay on the main roads where most other people are. '''NEVER''' enter dark, narrow alleys unless you really know what you're doing. Pay special attention to your surroundings and avoid displaying flashy items or carrying large amounts of cash or valuables. If you want to stay in the old town pick hotels south of the Cathedral, around Piazza di Ferrari or close to the busy Via di Porta Sorprana.
*'''Hotel Romantik Pagoda'''
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Pickpockets are a big threat accross the city. Be particularly careful in the via San Lorenzo/via San Bernardo/via San Donato area (which is a popular and very crowded nightlife zone for students and young people) and also on city buses.
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When walking, you should not expect motorists (especially scooters and bikers) to be particularly disciplined. At unsignalized crosswalks, you might need to insist on your right of way by just starting to cross the road (with caution!), as Italian pedestrians normally do, rather than waiting for motorists to stop. If a car, van or truck has stopped to let you cross, '''be very careful''' and always assume there might be a scooter passing that vehicle at high speed without seeing you.
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Virtually all beaches in Genoa and surroundings are made of cobbles, rocks and cliffs. The sea floor is normally very steep and you won't be able to touch the ground just some meters away from the shore, hence beware if your swimming skills are not good. When bathing, be extremely cautious as stones under water are mostly covered with vegetation and very slippery. Avoid bathing at all if the sea is not calm: waves that may seem innocent from the shore might be strong enough to turn getting out of the sea into a quite dangerous and scary undertaking, running the risk of being smashed into the shore or into a rock (that you perhaps don't see because it's under water). There is normally no lifeguard service on free public beaches.
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Beware of paid parking lot scams. Car drives up to a parking lot, with the typical "push button to receive ticket to enter" deal. Before the driver can push the button, the scammer pushes the button and grabs the ticket for him "to be helpful". But then, in order for the driver to get the ticket -- since he'll need it later on to pay and to exit -- he has to give the "helpful" scammer a few Euro. In essence, the scammer holds the ticket ransom until he gets a few euro as compensation for "helping the driver park".
  
 
==Contact==
 
==Contact==
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This is the link of the website of the tourist informations, where you can find also events, music concerts, exhibitions and informations for the cinemas and theatres. http://www.visitgenoa.it/en/homepage
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The tourist offices are:
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-'''Cristoforo Colombo Airport Tourist Office'''
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Via Pionieri e Aviatori d’Italia, Airport Arrivals - 16154 Genova
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Tel: +39 0105572903 [email protected]
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From Monday to Sunday from 09.00 to 17.20, with a 30 minutes break according to flights arrivals.
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-'''Garibaldi Tourist Office'''
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Via Garibaldi, 12r - 16124 Genova
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Tel: +39 0105572903 [email protected]
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Monday to Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:20 p.m.
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-'''Porto Antico Tourist Office'''
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Via al Porto Antico 2 - 16124 Genova
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Tel: +39 0105572903 [email protected]
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Monday to Sunday
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January February March October November December 9 a.m. 5.50 p.m.
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April May June September 9 a.m.- 6.20 p.m.
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July August 9 a.m. - 7.50 p.m.
  
==Stay safe==
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-'''Stazione Marittima Tourist Office'''
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Ponte dei Mille - 16126 Genova
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From 8.30 to 11.30 a.m., according to cruise arrivals.
  
 
==Cope==
 
==Cope==
  
It is not difficult to find someone who can help you with easy/touristic problems in English, Spanish or French, but the best is of course to speak a little bit of Italian.
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In general the knowledge of the english language is good, and it is not difficult to find someone who can help you with easy/touristic problems also in Spanish or French, but the best is of course to speak a little bit of Italian also due to the the presence of a percentage of old people.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
  
Genoa makes a good base to explore [[Cinque Terre]], [[La Spezia]], or [[Chiavari]].
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Cities such as [[Turin]] (1.5-2hrs), [[Pisa]] (1.5hrs), [[Milan]] (1.5 hrs), [[Nice]] (3 hrs) are all easily accessible by train.
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For other places with the same name, see Genoa (disambiguation).

Genoa (Italian, Genova) is a historical port city in northern Italy, the capital of the Region of Liguria. Genoa today, as a tourist attraction, is often shadowed by cities such as Rome or Venice, even though it has a long history as a rich and powerful trade centre. However, with its multitude of hidden gems behind cozy alleyways, excellent cuisine (notably fish and seafood), renovated old port, beautiful sights (including one of Europe's biggest aquariums), and its position as the European Capital of Culture in 2004 have made the birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus an enticing place which is gradually becoming more included in the touristic market. With pastel-coloured terracotta-roofed houses, artistic churches, lovely seaside villas, and also several luxurious boutiques, Genoa is a must see if you want to experience the "quintessential" Italy.

Understand[edit]

The busy city port, filled to the brim with yachts, boats, cruises, ferries and cargo ships. Genoa is a very important sea town in the Mediterranean.

Venice, Rome, Milan, and Florence are of course the most known and admired towns in Italy. When moving to north-western Italy (Milan, Turin) it is nevertheless absolutely worth staying for a couple of days or a weekend in Genoa. The city is a good base to explore the Italian Riviera and world famous places like Portofino and the Cinque Terre.

Paolo Coelho wrote: "Among the marvels of Italy, it will take some digging to find the beauties of Genova, but it is worth visiting it. I remember walking there with a friend, when she suddenly said: “Let’s stop for a bit. I can’t stand this orange color!”". The fact is the more you stay the more you will enjoy and appreciate the town. A place where you discover daily new surprises, even if you stay for years.

The city may be less known by major tourist operators, but its splendor is often hidden inside the narrow streets of the historical center, called "vicoli".

Genoa is a sort of decayed glorious port town, whose decay, however, is what makes it so interesting and pretty. The facades of grand palaces are hidden in scruffy, yet enticing alleyways, and there are really curious treats for anyone in virtually every alley. The city is your "typical" Italian one - quite sunny (during summer), with Mediterranean-looking houses topped by grey slate roofs, filled to the brim with outdoor cafes and bars, with lots of tiny and quirky alleyways, elegant designer shops, and restaurants. Today, also, the old port has been renovated, and currently contains some funky avant-garde modern architecture, a delightful marina, and several seaside bars and shops.

Climate[edit]

Genoa has a classic mediterranean climate that is heavily influenced by the sea leading to warmer winters and cooler summers than cities on the other side of the Lingurian Mountains and the Po Valley. Genoa is also one of the rainiest cities in Italy. Winters are cool, with temperatures usually ranging from 6°C (43°F) and 12°C (54°F), and rainy. The city has 3 nights with below freezing temperatures but extensive cold periods are rare. The record low is -8°C (18°F), recorded recently in February 2012.

Summer is the touristy season of Genoa but it isn't as hot as in other italian cities. Summers are in fact cooler even than those of cities in the Italian Alps like Trento and Bolzano. Temperatures don't frequently surpass 30°C (86°F) (the average is 8 days each year) and nights usually stay around 20°C (68°F). Hot waves don't really affect Genoa but there might be 1 or 2 days per year when the mercury rises above 32°C (90°F). The record high is 38.5°C (101°F) and it was recorded in August 2015. Summer is also the driest part of the year and it's considered the most pleasant season to visit, being neither cold nor warm or rainy.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The romantic port of Genoa, with its lovely seaside buildings and wooded rolling hills.

The Aeroporto di Genova - Cristoforo Colombo [33] provides several daily flights from other major European cities such as Rome, London, Munich, Paris and Moscow and from Istanbul. From the airport it is fairly easy to rent a car or take a shuttle (bus no. 100, also called Volabus) to the city center.

By train[edit]

Genoa can be easy travelled to by train from Milan, Turin, Rome, Tuscany (Pisa, Livorno and Florence (changing train in Pisa or Viareggio)) and France (There is a direct train connecting with Nice and Marseille). There are two main train stations in Genoa, Brignole and Principe. Brignole serves most local routes and provides access to many bus lines. Principe serves local as well as long distance trains and many trains from Milan and beyond will only stop at this station.

By car[edit]

Coming from Milan you can reach Genoa via the A7-E62 (approx. 145 km). Mind though that the last part, from Serravalle to Genoa, is incredibly twisty, making you wonder if you’re still on the highway or accidentally have taken a wrong turn into a motordrome. It’s therefore advisable to take an alternative route, turning off the A7 at the deviation near Tortona and heading on the A26/A7, following Genova, Ventimiglia, Savona, Voltri; making it a longer (+20 km), but certainly safer and more comfortable trip, unless you want to spice up your journey and observe how (some) Italians drive. The same highway is less twisty northbound.

Coming from Turin you can either take the A6/E717 to Savona (137 km) and then go to Genoa following the beautiful, but twisty A10 coast highway (an other 45 km) or follow the Genova Piacenza indications you'll find on the ringroad heading south. This latter is the shorter alternative (170 km total), but offers fewer sightseeing opportunities.

Coming from the French Riviera just follow the highway A10 and enjoy the sight (approx 160 km from the French border). If you're tempted to avoid the toll roads, be aware that it will take you at least three or four times as long although you might get better views.

Coming from Tuscany you can take the A12 from Rosignano to Genoa; mind that you must have snow chains on board between the gates of Carrodano and Sestri Levante when travelling from November 1st to March 31st, even though snow is seldom a problem here.

By bus[edit]

Genoa can be reached via Eurolines coach from many European countries. Long distance buses also run from Nice.

By boat[edit]

Genoa is an important port, and has many ferry services. Grandi Navi Veloci crosses from Barcelona weekly, and takes about eighteen hours. It also offers a weekly crossing to Tangiers, which takes around forty-six.

Other direct ferry routes from Genoa are; Barcelona (Spain), Valletta (Malta), Bastia (Corsica), Olbia and Porto Torres (Sardinia), Palermo (Sicily), Tangier (Morocco) and Tunis (Tunisia).

Get around[edit]

Locals will say driving around the city is somewhat faster than public transportation (traffic jams at rush hours notwithstanding), but once you have reached your destination you are faced with the nightmare and frustration of looking for a nonexistent parking spot. It is not just chance that most locals switched from cars to scooters - to the extent that even finding a spot for a scooter has become difficult too. All attractions within the center are in walking distance or well served by public transportation, therefore a car is of no use at all. If you still decide to drive into the city, don't bet on available street parking (there are street parking fees anyway) go directly to a parking garage and hope not all of them are full. If you think of driving to the beach on a sunny weekend day within Genoa or in another town along the coast, forget it. Finding a parking spot in walking distance to your beach is an once-in-a-lifetime event. Use public transit instead.

Public transportation will probably be your best bet within the city. The bus network is operated by AMT[34] and services the whole city from 4 AM until 2 AM at night. Be sure to check routes and timetables you need because the system can be somewhat confusing, e.g. some routes only travel at certain times and are replaced by other similar ones with different numbers at those times. There is also an underground line connecting the Brignole train station with the northwestern neighborhood of Rivarolo, serving the main square, piazza De Ferrari, the historical center, the Porto Antico touristic area, the Stazione Principe main train station and the ferry terminal at Dinegro along the route. Tickets are sold on board at a special fare (€2,50 instead of €1,50), so you may buy the ticket onboard only if there's no alternative; you need to buy your ticket before boarding the bus at a newspaper kiosk or a tobacconist's or an underground station, and validate it at a punching machine once you have boarded the bus. For trains, purchase a ticket from a machine at any underground station, and validate it at a punching machine before boarding. Single tickets cost 1,50 € and are valid for 100 minutes after validation for an unlimited number of travels in any direction. A daily pass costs 4,50 €, while a group daily pass valid for 4 persons costs 9,00 €. Those passes must be validated at the beginning of your first ride.

There are also a number of public elevators and cable railways connecting the center with the neighborhoods on the surrounding hills. The upper stations of the Ascensore di Castelletto elevator and of the Funicolare del righi railway offer an astonishing view of the city.

Trenitalia[35] suburban and regional trains travel in east-west direction along the coast connecting all the coastal neighborhoods/suburbs with the city center. This is the most convenient means of transportation if you plan to see some peripheral districts or towns along the coastline. AMT tickets (not everyone, see below: in particular the 1,50€ is NOT valid on Trenitalia trains) and passes are valid on Trenitalia trains within the city limits (Voltri and Nervi); single tickets only allow one train ride, and you will need to validate them again at the yellow punching machines at the stations - check for the correct validating space with the name "Trenitalia" on the back side of the ticket. If you are traveling outside the city limits to visit some outer towns, you will have to buy a ticket at a Trenitalia counter or machine. It is advisable to buy return tickets right away because there are usually no ticket counters at minor stations and chances are good that the ticket machines there won't work, turning buying a ticket (or discussing with the conductor on the return train) into a hassle.

There are many different types of public transport tickets, with different prices:

  • The "Biglietto ordinario" (regular ticket) costs € 1,50 and allows you to make unlimited journeys within the AMT network for 100 minutes from the validation, except for Volabus (the bus serving Genoa Airport) and Navebus (the fast passenger ship service between the Porto Antico area and Pegli). You must validate the ticket immediately after boarding or at the entrace of the subway/funicular/elevator station. This ticket is NOT valid onboard Trenitalia trains: if found travelling on a Trenitalia train with this ticket you will receive an €50 ticket from the conductor.
  • The "Biglietto integrato" (integrated ticket) costs € 1,60 and allows you to make unlimited journeys within the AMT network for 100 minutes from the first validation and one journey onboard a Trenitalia train within the urban area (from Genova Voltri to Genova Nervi). You must validate the ticket immediately after boarding or at the entrace of the subway/funicular/elevator station when using the AMT network (on the front side), and at the station just before boarding the Trenitalia train (on the back side). This kind of ticket is also sold in 10 tickets packs for €15.
  • The GenovaPass is a ticket that allows you to make unlimited journeys onboard both AMT (except for Volabus and Navebus) ad Trenitalia for 24 hours from validation. This ticket needs to be validated only on the front side. This ticket is also sold in a 4 people version for €9 (50% discount), or in 5 24h tickets packs for €18.

The historic center of Genoa is serviced by bus only around some important squares and streets (Piazza Acquaverde for Stazione di Piazza Principe, Piazza della Nunziata, Largo Zecca, Piazza Corvetto, Piazza Caricamento). Its caruggi alleys are so narrow that no vehicular traffic is physically possible, and they have to be visited on foot - distances are definitely not huge anyway.

AMT also operates a public boat service called Navebus (check the timetables here: [36]) connecting the Porto Antico to Pegli. It is a great and cheap way to have a look at the city from the sea; once in Pegli, you can pay a visit to the Villa Pallavicini public park.

Private boat services start from the Porto Antico and travel along the coast to Camogli, San Fruttuoso, Portofino, Chiavari and the Cinqueterre.

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Museums[edit]

Please note that you can buy the "Acquario Village" ticket which gives you access to the Aquarium, the Galata Museum, Bigo Panoramic Lift and the Biosphere.

  • Acquario di Genova (Aquarium), (in the old town, at the Old Port), +39 010 23451 (), [1]. Aquarium Hours from 8:30 to 21:00 last entrance at 19:00. The biggest in Europe. See also the panoramic lift, the Biosphere. You can also book a guided tour for single visitors, families or small groups with a biologist choosing day, hour and also theme of your visit.  edit
  • Galata Museo del Mare (Sea Museum), Calata De Mari 1, [2]. Learn about the lives of sailors, emigrants and passengers.  edit
  • Castello D'Albertis Museum of World Cultures (Ethnographical Museum), Corso Dogali, 18, [3]. Summer (April - September): Tue, Wed, Fri: 10:00 - 18:00 (last entry 17:00) Thu: 13:00 - 22:00 (until 12th September); Sat and Sun: 10:00 - 19:00 (last entry 18:00). Closed: Monday; Winter (October - March) Tue to Fri: 10:00 - 17:00 (last entry 16:00) Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00 (last entry 17:00). Closed: Monday. 65 years - agreement) € 4,50; Free admission (children 0-4 years); Groups (n. 1 free every 25 paying) € 4,50"> Full price € 6,00; Reduced price (5-12 years-.  edit
  • Gallery of Modern Art (GAM), Villa Saluzzo Serra Via Capolungo 3, +39 010 3726025 - +39 010 5574739 (, fax: +39 010 3200333), [4]. Summer (April -October) Tuesday to Friday: 11-18; Saturday and Sunday: 12-19; Closed: Monday. Winter (November - March) Tuesday to Sunday: 11-17; Closed: Monday, New Year's Day and Christmas Day. Full price € 6,00 - Reduced € 5,00 - Reduced € 3,00 (5 - 18 years) - Free: children 0-4 years.  edit
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce, Via Jacopo Ruffini 3, +39 010 580069 / + 39 010 585772 (), [5].  edit
  • Strada Nuova Museums - Palazzo Bianco, Via Garibaldi, 11, +39 010 5572193 (, fax: +39 010 5572269), [6]. An important collection of Genoese, Italian and European paintings from the 16th to the 18th century, together with two other magnificent buildings on the same road (Palazzo Rosso and Palazzo Doria Tursi). The baroque Strada Nuova is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  edit
  • Strada Nuova Museums - Palazzo Rosso, via Garibaldi, 18, +39 010 5572193 (, fax: +39 010 5572269), [7].  edit
  • Oriental Art Museum “E. Chiossone”, Piazzale Giuseppe Mazzini, 4, +39 010 542285 (, fax: +39 010 580526), [8]. The biggest European collection of oriental art.  edit
  • Museum of Natural History “Giacomo Doria”, Via Brigata Liguria, 9, +39 010 564567 - +39 010 582171 (, fax: +39 010 566319), [9].  edit
  • Cathedral Museum, Piazza San Lorenzo (San Lorenzo cathedral), [10].  edit
  • Museum of St. Augustin (Museo di Sant'Agostino), Piazza Sarzano 35, +39 010 2511263 (, fax: +39 010 2464516), [11]. A convent displaying various medieval works of art.  edit
  • Ligurian Archeological Museum (Museo di Archeologia), Villa Durazzo-Pallavicini, Via Ignazio Pallavicini, 13, +39 010 6981048 (, fax: +39 010 6974040), [12].  edit
  • Luxoro Museum [37] A private collection which houses various works of art and furniture.
  • Raccolte Frugone [38] The Nervi's former private art collection.
  • Wolfsoniana [39] A museum of modern applied arts.
  • Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) [40] Owns a historical picture gallery.
  • National Ligurian Gallery at the Spinola Palace [41]
  • Museum of the Ligurian Art Academy [42]
  • Museum at the Prince's Palace [43] Another Genovese historical art collection.
  • Ippolito National Ligurian Museum [44]
  • The Cathedral of San Lorenzo
  • The palazzi dei rolli present on World Heritage List of UNESCO [45]
  • The historical centre:
  • Santa Maria di Castello [46], the cloister of the domenican order, the museum and the summer cathedral offer a lot of treasures and exploring them is free during the opening hours of the church

Landmarks[edit]

Genoa is known to have Europe’s biggest historical center. This is the heart of the old city. It’s made up of an incredible amount of tiny streets and alleys called Caruggi. Walking through it will plump you right back in ancient times when Genoa was the most important harbor of the Mediterranean sea. The city is generally safe, but caution is to be applied, especially at night time and in the more quiet zones toward Piazza Principe and the old harbor, due to presence of small criminality.

  • Lanterna, (15 min walk from the nearby underground station (Dinegro) and from the parking of the Ferry Terminal.), +39 010 4076583 (), [13]. weekends and holidays 14:30 - 18:30. the oldest European lighthouse and a prominent Genovese symbol. The Lanterna fortifications, the lighthouse with the panoramic view, the promenade and the park can be visited on weekends and holidays.  edit
  • The natal house of Cristoforo Colombo. In piazza Dante you will find what is said to be the natal house of Columbus;
  • The impressive fortification belt built on the hills surrounding the city, originating in the 16th Century [47];
  • There is a funicular railway servicing Monte Righi, where one can have pleasant walks on the surrounding hills and to the fortifications (see above), or just admire the spectacular view of the city and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Spianata Castelletto is a nice belvedere where one can have a pleasant view of the city and of the seaport. It can be reached by public lift from Piazza della Nunziata or on foot from that very same square.
  • Via Garibaldi (also known as Via Aurea and Strada Nuova, Golden Street and New Street) with very impressive baroque buildings. Some similar buildings are also found in Via Balbi.
  • The Old Harbour (Porto Antico), next to the Aquarium, is an entertainment area with museums, cinemas, cafés and also a beautiful promenade along the sea.
  • A lot of beautiful churches, some of which date back to the Romanesque time (San Giovanni di Pre', San Donato, Santa Maria del Castello)
  • Corso Italia - Genoa's promenade
  • Boccadasse - a picturesque fishermen quarter
  • Castello d'Albertis [48]
  • Palazzo Ducale Where the Dukes of Genoa used to live.
  • Il Galeone "Neptune" -- a fanciful recreation of a pirate ship. [49]

Do[edit][add listing]

There are plenty of things to do in Genoa. A lot of young kids spend their time playing with their friends in public pools and share ice-creams in the summer time. There are a lot of paintings in the town and on the brick floors which a lot of people admire. Fishing for catfish is also a hobby most people have.

Learn[edit]

You can study Italian with native Italian teachers at inlingua Genova (http://www.italianingenoa.com), located in the heart of the historical center. They offer a wide range of courses to students af all ages and levels. You can see reviews of them on the coursefinders website.

Italian Language classes Lingua Madre Cultural Association [50] [51].Lingua Madre offers a wide range of courses, in a friendly atmosphere, where you can quickly learn Italian and make new friends.

Italian language courses organised by Scuola Tricolore [52]. Whether you are interested in group or individual courses, in the morning, afternoon or evening, Scuola Tricolore offers high quality tuition and for those interested accommodation and leisure activities. Courses available in the morning, afternoon and evening.

Italian Luanguage School A Door to Italy [53] - the ideal school for foreigners who like to improve their language skills. You can ask for private teachers and personalized lessons even outside of the schoolfacilities.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Genoa is great for shopping. You have the designer boutiques, department stores, food shops, and antique dealers.

Downtown, for those who want luxury boutique browsing, you can find some world class fashion-related shopping along Via XX Settembre, starting from Piazza Ferrari.

There are a lot of small, picturesque and tourism-related shops in the centre. These are mainly in the central squares and the small alleyways. You can find souvenir stalls, kiosks selling books and snacks, sailor-themed stalls, traditional flea markets, modern and antique furniture dealers, little bookstores and tiny art galleries.

There is a large shopping center called Fiumara located near Genova Sampierdarena train station. To reach Fiumara, take a local train to Genova Sampierdarena station and exit the station. Turn left and go under a bridge, near which there is a sign to the left for Fiumara. The shopping center is visible from the other side of the bridge and is about 10 minutes walk. The mall can also be reached by car or bus routes 1, 2, 4 and 22. The mall is open from 9AM-9PM Monday - Sunday. Nearby there is a theater and activity center which includes a pool hall, bowling alley and restaurants.

Eat[edit][add listing]

The vast majority of places charges service for a fixed amount per person (called coperto), as is custom in Italy. A trattoria, cafe or bar will not charge this fee for lunch, and this is often a good place to get pasta or a sandwich in the afternoon. Restaurants are open from approximately 12:30 - 3:00PM for lunch and 7:30 - 10:00PM for dinner.

Budget[edit]

  • Pasta e Birra Take It Easy [54], Piazza Ferretto 10 rosso - Close to Magistrato Di Misericordia Church and the Genova Cathedral. Great, fresh pasta on a budget - less than 5 euro for a pasta and drink. Try the regional 'trofie with pesto sauce'. No reservation.
  • Trattoria Da Maria, Vico Testadoro 14 - ph. +39 010 581080 - Close to Piazza de Ferrari, traditional regional cuisine and a practical and crowded atmosphere. Possible opening for lunch only, no reservation.
  • Osteria La Lanterna, Via San Siro 12R - ph. +39 010 2461608 - Close to Via San Luca and Museo del Risorgimento, this restaurant offers mainly fish dishes.
  • Trattoria Sa Pesta, Via Giustiniani 16r - ph. ++39 010 2468336 - In the old town, this restaurant offers traditional regional cuisine.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Le Colonne di San Bernardo, Via San Bernardo 59r, +39-010-2462646, [14]. 8PM - 10PM. Fish and meat specialities with limited choice, but high quality and a selection of excellent wines. All prepared with great care. Sweets represent a wonderful surprise, not to miss. EUR 35. (44°24'22,8°55'49) edit
  • Ombre Rosse, Vico Indoratori 20-22-24 r, 010 2757608 / 347 4280698. Lunch, Dinner. Quality Genovese typical food, like pansotti, vegetable cakes, baccala, lepre, brasato. EUR 25.  edit
  • La Berlocca, via ai Macelli di Soziglia 45r, 010 4075555. Lunch, Dinner. Fish & meat of great quality. Excellent choice of wines. EUR 35.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Grace Restaurant [55]: the cuisine, linked to the territory, combines the flavours and aromas of Liguria with the pleasures of traditional international cuisine and is entrusted to the expert hands of Chef Salvatore Di Carlo.
  • Ristorante Zeffirino: allegedly one of Frank Sinatra's favourite restaurants (apparently he had them send him regular supplies of their pesto), Zeffirino is one of Genoa's gems. Hidden up a long flight of steps just off Via XX Settembre in the heart of Genoa, it can be a little hard to find but well worth it. Stunning food, truly excellent service and a beautifully appointed dining room makes for a memorable lunch or dinner.

Specialities[edit]

  • Pesto sauce originates from the city of Genova. It is used in many dishes, including pastas and pizzas. You can always order from the huge variety of pastas and pizzas available here, but trying the one which is based on Pesto is a must to experience the traditional Genovese cuisine.
  • Another must try from the Genovese or Ligurian cuisine is the focaccia, which essentially is a flat oven-baked Italian bread, which may be topped with onions, herbs, or other foodstuffs. They are quite tasty and often cheaper than pizzas. There are many 'Focaccerias' scattered throughout Genova and its surroundings. These are basically take away places, and easy on the wallet, too. In many of the focaccerias, you will find improvised varieties of focaccias, but usually, the best tasting ones come with only tomatoes or onions and a bit of olive oil. The original "focaccia" is simply topped with olive oil and salt.
  • Don't miss to try the farinata, a thin crusty pie made with chick-peas flour, water, salt, and olive oil.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Piazza delle Erbe: small square in the old town, with nice bars (5 min. walking from Piazza De Ferrari and Palazzo Ducale) open until 1 AM. On Fridays and Saturdays the bars are open until 2 or 3 and it is crowded of young people until the morning.
  • Riviera hotel Pl Area of Porto Antico. Down of piazza Caricamento and close to the Bigo there is a float restaurant with the nose of it being a night bar, with sometimes offering live music. Wide wood chairs to relax and see the sea in summer.

Les Rouges Bar at Palazzo Imperiale, close to De Ferrari square and S.Lorenzo Cathedral, drinks and food with local ingredients in a 16th century Rolli listed building with original frescoes, open every evening till midnight.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Hotel Nuovo Nord, Via Balbi 155, +39 010 2464470, [15]. Completely renewed, in the front of the railways station Porta Principe, all the main attractions are within walking distance. single €60-110, double €80-145.  edit
  • Youth Hostel, via Costanzi 120, tel. (0039)0102422457, [email protected] (to reach from the center by bus no. 40)
  • Columbus Village Accommodations [56], Via XX Settembre 26/5 16121 Genova, tel: +39 010 8692029. (From the US 011 39 010 8692029). An agency that rents local bed & breakfast accommodations in Genoa. They also rent accommodations in the surrounding area and short-let apartments.
  • Hotel Villa Bonera, Via Sarfatti 8, +39 010 3726164 (fax: +39 010 3728565), [16]. single €53-75, double €50-83.  edit
  • B&B Casa Aurora, Piazza San Giorgio 32/12, +39 010 2541677, [17]. In the city center of the old town.  edit
  • B&B Albatros, Via Prè 10/6, +39 349 7626273, [18]. In the historical centre of Genoa, few steps from the main tourist attractions of the city, few steps from the famous Aquarium. Ideal for city tour, for tourist trip, business trip, or for those who stop for a quick break. Metro station, Bus and Taxi stops are next to B&B. single €30-35, double €65-70.  edit
  • B&B Il Vico, Vico del Dragone 4/6, +39 339 5753845, [19]. A recently refurbished B&B in Central Genoa in the proximity of the main tourist attractions (aquarium, historical palaces, cathedral, etc.) and business venues. single €60-90, double €80-120. (44.40512,) edit
  • La Casa Ligure (La Casa Ligure), Via Galata 37/5, +39 331 8144338 (), [20]. They offers a selection of apartments in the historic center of Genoa, a few steps from all the main attractions of the city. They also provide tourist assistance before and during the stay.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Apartment Santa Maria di Castello (Santa Maria di Castello), Salita Santa Maria di Castello 15, +39-34834864696, [21]. 100 sqm Apartment in the oldest part of the historical center of Genova. 2 bedrooms. Ideal for 4 people. €600/6 days.  edit
  • Hotel Cairoli, Via Cairoli 14, +39 010 2461454 (fax: +39 010 2467512), [22]. Situated in the historical center of the city and close to Porto Antico. €50-150.  edit
  • Hotel Minerva, Via Maragliano 34D, Santa Margherita Ligure, +39 0185 286073, [23]. The Hotel Minerva is located in Santa Margherita Ligure in a quiet area a short walk from the beaches €80-190.  edit
  • Nologo Hotel, Viale Sauli, 5 - 16121 Genova / Genoa, +39 010 5848285, [24]. Nologo Hotel is a new kind of hospitality blending up style and comfort both for business travelers than families.  edit
  • NH Plaza, Via Martin Piaggio, 11. 16122 Genova. Genoa, +39 010 83161, [25]. This 4* hotel is located in the heart of the financial district and is just a short distance from many well-known tourist attractions. Rooms from 95€.  edit
  • NH Marina, Molo Ponte Calvi, 5. 16124 Genova. Genoa, +39 010 25391, [26]. This 4* hotel is located near the Aquarium [27], the Sea Museum [28] and the Naval Museum [29] along the waterfront and is just a short distance from many well-known tourist attractions. Rooms from 95€.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Locanda di Palazzo Cicala,[57]. Locanda di Palazzo Cicala has all the magic of a "hotel de charme". It is in the very heart of the historic city centre, opposite S. Lorenzo Cathedral, just a short walk from the Old Harbour, the Cotone Congressi congress centre and the art exhibitions in Palazzo Ducale.
  • Hotel Bristol Palace, Via XX Settembre, 35, +39 010 592541 (, fax: +39 010 561756), [30].  edit
  • Best Western Plus City Hotel, Via S. Sebastiano 6, +39 010 584707 (, fax: +39 010 586301), [31].  edit
  • Grand Hotel Savoia, Via Arsenale di Terra 5, +39 (), [32].  edit
  • Sheraton Genova, [58].
  • Hotel Romantik Pagoda.
  • AC Hotel Genova.

Stay safe[edit]

Streets in Genoa are usually quite safe, especially in the main tourist areas and residential areas. Downtown, Castelletto, Albaro, Carignano, Sturla, Quarto dei Mille, Quinto del Mare and Nervi are all safe districts during the day as well as the evening and night.

However, tourists should exercise some caution in Genoa's old town. A tourist should be careful in sketchy areas north Piazza Caricamento and around Via di Pre, Via della Madellena, Via del Campo, Via Banchi and Via Luccoli. During the day these places are tolerable if you exercise caution and know exactly where you're going but during the night they should be completely avoided. Petty crimes, and in rare instances even muggings, do occur in these areas and prostitutes can be seen waiting for their clients even at noon (Genoa is known for being pretty tolerant towards prostitution). Via Garibaldi is completely safe during the day (after nightfall it can become deserted) but the areas immediately south of it are not and if you want reach Piazza di Ferrari or the Cathedral it's best to go around through Via XXV Aprille. Just follow your common sense and stay on the main roads where most other people are. NEVER enter dark, narrow alleys unless you really know what you're doing. Pay special attention to your surroundings and avoid displaying flashy items or carrying large amounts of cash or valuables. If you want to stay in the old town pick hotels south of the Cathedral, around Piazza di Ferrari or close to the busy Via di Porta Sorprana.

Pickpockets are a big threat accross the city. Be particularly careful in the via San Lorenzo/via San Bernardo/via San Donato area (which is a popular and very crowded nightlife zone for students and young people) and also on city buses.

When walking, you should not expect motorists (especially scooters and bikers) to be particularly disciplined. At unsignalized crosswalks, you might need to insist on your right of way by just starting to cross the road (with caution!), as Italian pedestrians normally do, rather than waiting for motorists to stop. If a car, van or truck has stopped to let you cross, be very careful and always assume there might be a scooter passing that vehicle at high speed without seeing you.

Virtually all beaches in Genoa and surroundings are made of cobbles, rocks and cliffs. The sea floor is normally very steep and you won't be able to touch the ground just some meters away from the shore, hence beware if your swimming skills are not good. When bathing, be extremely cautious as stones under water are mostly covered with vegetation and very slippery. Avoid bathing at all if the sea is not calm: waves that may seem innocent from the shore might be strong enough to turn getting out of the sea into a quite dangerous and scary undertaking, running the risk of being smashed into the shore or into a rock (that you perhaps don't see because it's under water). There is normally no lifeguard service on free public beaches.

Beware of paid parking lot scams. Car drives up to a parking lot, with the typical "push button to receive ticket to enter" deal. Before the driver can push the button, the scammer pushes the button and grabs the ticket for him "to be helpful". But then, in order for the driver to get the ticket -- since he'll need it later on to pay and to exit -- he has to give the "helpful" scammer a few Euro. In essence, the scammer holds the ticket ransom until he gets a few euro as compensation for "helping the driver park".

Contact[edit]

This is the link of the website of the tourist informations, where you can find also events, music concerts, exhibitions and informations for the cinemas and theatres. http://www.visitgenoa.it/en/homepage

The tourist offices are:

-Cristoforo Colombo Airport Tourist Office Via Pionieri e Aviatori d’Italia, Airport Arrivals - 16154 Genova Tel: +39 0105572903 [email protected] From Monday to Sunday from 09.00 to 17.20, with a 30 minutes break according to flights arrivals.

-Garibaldi Tourist Office Via Garibaldi, 12r - 16124 Genova Tel: +39 0105572903 [email protected] Monday to Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:20 p.m.

-Porto Antico Tourist Office Via al Porto Antico 2 - 16124 Genova Tel: +39 0105572903 [email protected] Monday to Sunday January February March October November December 9 a.m. 5.50 p.m. April May June September 9 a.m.- 6.20 p.m. July August 9 a.m. - 7.50 p.m.

-Stazione Marittima Tourist Office Ponte dei Mille - 16126 Genova From 8.30 to 11.30 a.m., according to cruise arrivals.

Cope[edit]

In general the knowledge of the english language is good, and it is not difficult to find someone who can help you with easy/touristic problems also in Spanish or French, but the best is of course to speak a little bit of Italian also due to the the presence of a percentage of old people.

Get out[edit]

Genoa makes a good base to explore Cinque Terre, Rapallo, Portofino, Portovenere, La Spezia, or Chiavari. Cities such as Turin (1.5-2hrs), Pisa (1.5hrs), Milan (1.5 hrs), Nice (3 hrs) are all easily accessible by train. Create category

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