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GenoaItaly

Experience authentic Italy as you explore the grand palaces and medieval streets of this ancient port town.

Part of Italy’s Riviera, on the country’s northwest coast, Genoa offers visitors a glimpse of authentic Italian life. The city’s narrow streets are crammed with family-run restaurants in which you can sample fresh seafood and the region’s famous speciality: pesto. Follow the story of Genoa’s history as a rich and important trade center, and the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, as you wander through old buildings and world heritage-listed districts.

The region of Liguria has almost no flat terrain and that includes Genoa, its capital. The easiest way to explore the city is from the top down. The main shopping areas and public squares are found higher up on the hills. Make your way down through the city’s medieval old town, with its narrow, pedestrian-only alleys known as caruggi. You’ll reach one of the main thoroughfares, Via Garibaldi, which has three of Genoa’s important art museums housed in magnificent palaces: Palazzo Bianco, Palazzo Rosso and Palazzo Tursi.

Visit the Porto Antico (Old Harbor), the city’s former important shipping quarter. This area has been renovated and is now home to cafés, cinemas and museums. Stop by the Galata Sea Museum, where you can learn about the voyages of Christopher Columbus and other famed explorers. The Aquarium of Genoa, one of the largest aquariums in Europe, is also located at the Old Harbor. The newer dockside area is crowded with fishing boats alongside ferries and luxury yachts that often cruise in from nearby Portofino.

Luckily, you don’t have to be a mountaineer to enjoy the sights of this hilly city. Use the two cable car services to travel uphill as you enjoy sweeping views of the city and port. The public elevator from the Piazza del Portello will take you up to the charming Castelletto area, where the terminal is a beautiful art nouveau tower. Driving is not recommended in Genoa as parking is difficult to find. Public buses are also a good alternative if you need a break from exploring on foot.

Where to stay in Genoa

Top Hotels in Genoa

Hotel Genova Liberty
Hotel Genova Liberty
3 out of 5
Via XX Settembre, 23/8, Genoa
The price is $51 per night from Nov 28 to Nov 29

Located in San Vincenzo, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Piazza de Ferrari and Old Port. Aquarium of Genoa and Genoa Port Center are also within 1 mi ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (78 reviews)

"Although the hotel is quite small, the space is used very well. Especially during the coronavirus restrictions we were very happy with how the staff handled the situation and with the additional safety measures taken. Would recommend to people wanting a comfortable and cosy room close to the city ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Hotel Genova Liberty
Holiday Inn Genoa City
Holiday Inn Genoa City
4 out of 5
Via Milano, 47, Genoa, GE
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Located in San Teodoro, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Piazza Principe, Aquarium of Genoa, and Old Port. Genoa Port Center is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away. Genoa ...

4.1/5Very Good! (623 reviews)

"Good hotel, AC not the best though or may be the city was too humid. Please have some movie channels in English please!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Holiday Inn Genoa City
Mercure Genova San Biagio
Mercure Genova San Biagio
4 out of 5
Via Romairone, 14, Genoa, GE
The price is $71 per night from Dec 27 to Dec 28

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Villa Brignole Sale Duchessa di Galliera, Fiumara Shopping & Fun, and Sant'Olcese Chiesa. Aquarium ...

4.2/5Excellent! (805 reviews)

"Good Hotel, clean, good parking, good breakfast as well."…"

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2020

Mercure Genova San Biagio
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Genoa

Design in Genoa city center by Wonderful Italy
Design in Genoa city center by Wonderful Italy
Via dei Giustiniani, 24/5, Genoa
The price is $83 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in Genoa Historical Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Torre degli Embriaci and Old Port. Aquarium of Genoa and Genoa Port ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"Ottima struttura, conforme a quella pubblicizzata e prenotata"…"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2019

Design in Genoa city center by Wonderful Italy
Altido Big Apartment Cruise & Ferry Boat Terminal
Altido Big Apartment Cruise & Ferry Boat Terminal
Via San Benedetto, 14, 7, Genoa, Liguria

Located in San Teodoro, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Piazza Principe, Aquarium of Genoa, and Old Port. Genoa Port Center and Luigi Ferraris ...

Altido Big Apartment Cruise & Ferry Boat Terminal
The Greenhouse a San Martino
The Greenhouse a San Martino
Via San Martino 29, Genoa

Located in San Martino, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of San Martino Polyclinic Hospital, Gaslini Hospital, and Luigi Ferraris Stadium. Aquarium ...

The Greenhouse a San Martino
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Genoa

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 46.26865671641791%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 35.82089552238806%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 13.930348258706468%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 2.985074626865672%
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1 - Terrible 0.9950248756218906%

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 25, 2020

Unexpected but this was our favorite of our trip which included Barcelona, Nice, Montpellier, Monaco.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 10, 2020

Gorgeous and friendly city! Wish we were able to stay longer.

4/5 - Good

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Jan 26, 2020

Beautiful, but not a lot of restaurants near the hotel and hotel restaurant didn't open up until 7:30p. After our flight we were too tired to wait and everything else was closed too. Ended up eating at McDonald's in desperation.

4/5 - Good

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Dec 25, 2019

A springboard to Cinque Terre.

5/5 - Excellent

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Nov 15, 2019

Fun vibe and great food!

5/5 - Excellent

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Nov 11, 2019

Wondered why this so ddfgulseaport city with so much history is so underrated. We loved the sights foods and harbor. Shopping g was wonderful as well

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