Genoa

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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

Hotel Continental Genova
Hotel Continental Genova
4 out of 5
Via Arsenale di Terra 1, Genoa, GE, 16126
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥15,354 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Genoa. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (972 reviews)
"The front desk staff was wonderful, they printed our COVID test results for us which we needed for the cruise we were taking. They opened a side door so my husband could ride his mobility scooter in vs us picking up snd walking up steps to get it inside the hotel. The breakfast was excellent with ..."

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2022

Hotel Continental Genova
Bristol Palace Hotel
Bristol Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
Via XX Settembre 35, Genoa, GE, 16121
The price is ¥20,670 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Genoa. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (970 reviews)
"One of the female front desk staff can be rather abrupt and grumpy. Breakfast can get crowded but the service crew there is fantastic. Everything else was great especially the location."

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

Bristol Palace Hotel
Grand Hotel Savoia
Grand Hotel Savoia
5 out of 5
Via Arsenale Di Terra, 5, Genoa, GE, 16126
The price is ¥18,607 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Genoa. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the property condition ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (966 reviews)
Truly a grand hotel
"The Grand Hotel Savoia is truly grand. Very nicely furnished room, excellent breakfast buffet, a bar in a spectacular setting, and a very nice spa (watch out, not included in all hotel categories). The view from the roof (with two jacuzzis) is also excellent, as are the two restaurants."

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

Grand Hotel Savoia
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XXV Aprile by Wonderful Italy
XXV Aprile by Wonderful Italy
Via XXV Aprile, 8, Genoa, 16123
Stay at this apartment in Genoa. Enjoy free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and digital TV. Popular attractions Port of Genoa Cruise Ship Terminal and Old Port are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"High recommend this unit for multi days travel. It’s in the city center, very convenient. The apartment is very clean and roomy."

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2021

XXV Aprile by Wonderful Italy
Atelier Apartments by Wonderful Italy
Atelier Apartments by Wonderful Italy
Via S. Luca 4, Genoa, Città Metropolitana di Genova, 16124
Stay at this apartment in Genoa. Enjoy free WiFi, a kitchen, and a full-sized refrigerator/freezer. Popular attractions Port of Genoa Cruise Ship Terminal and ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Das Apartment war sehr schön."

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

Atelier Apartments by Wonderful Italy
Lovely studio in the city center
Lovely studio in the city center
Genoa, Liguria
Stay at this apartment in Genoa. Enjoy free WiFi, a kitchen, and 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Port of Genoa Cruise Ship Terminal and Old Port are located nearby. ...
Lovely studio in the city center
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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