It would be a real shame if holidaymakers at the Riviera did not pay a visit to Genoa. They would miss out one of Europe’s most appealing cities. In recent decades Genoa developed from a run down industrial harbour town to a lively cultural city. 650,000 people live on the hillside. The higher up, middle class areas are reached by means of lifts, hairpin bends and stairs. The famous old town stretches towards the harbour. It is a unique labyrinth of carruggi (alleys) full of hustle and bustle, of dark and dingy corners, new shops with cheap modern tat or innovative, young sophisticated goods from shops selling traditional delicatessen and crafts. Many immigrants from Asia and Africa live here and many of them run snack bars and market stalls. The alleys are so narrow that you have to raise your head to notice the façade of a church or a magnificent palace. Everywhere you look there is restoration work going on and new restaurants and bars open up in the fantastic halls and vaults of the old palaces. You have to climb up above the dark alleys to be able to see the city: its slate grey roofs, the colourful port containers, the white cruise ships. These views should not be missed, whether from the viewing crane Bito in the Old Harbour, Porto Antico, from the historic lighthouse La Lanterna, from the panorama promenade Belvedere Castelletto, or from the roof terrace of the Sea Museum Galata Museo del Mare in the old harbour. In the evening you can enjoy an aperitif in one of the many bars where the counters bend under the weight of delicious appetizers. You are then ready to begin the movida, the crawl through the bars and restaurants of the old town. A tip: Do travel by train as there is very limited car parking in this narrow city.
- Genoa Aquarium Valid all year long
Ponte SpinolaTel. 010 2345678www.acquariodigenova.it In this exhibition visitors could look up to a huge varieties of ecosystems and European biodiversities. The most particular specimen of sea life in shown among the 70 tanks that offer to public an occasion to approach in a different way the cultural and scientific background of our sea life. Each year the exhibition attracts more than one million visitors.
- The Museum Card Valid all year long
The museum card grants visitors free access to 22 private and public museums in Genoa. It is also possible for tourists to buy an alternative card which additionally allows them to freely travel on public transports (buses). Moreover, possessors of this card will receive further benefits and discounts on guided city tours.For further info: http://www.turismo.comune.genova.it/spip.php?lang=en
- Palazzo dei Rolli THE SYSTEM OF THE “PALAZZI DEI ROLLI” – PART OF UNESCO’S WORLD HERITAGE LIST
The wonderfully ornate and very original private residences belonging to the city’s aristocratic families. In 2006 "Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the System of the Palazzi dei Rolli" was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list. More information on http://www.genova-turismo.it/
- Palazzo Ducale Palazzo Ducale, Genoa
The Palazzo Ducale of Genoa is one of the city’s most admired symbols and hosts events, exhibitions and various activities. It was renovated and reopened in 1992. The residence is the heart of the city’s cultural life. Find information about events on www.palazzoducale.genova.it/
Flight offers to Genoa
- Munich - Genoa round trip