Genoa

Travel Guide
The Bigo Lift

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.

Hotel Continental Genova
Hotel Continental Genova
4 out of 5
Via Arsenale di Terra 1, Genoa, GE
The price is AU$140 per night from 4 Nov. to 4 Nov.
This family-friendly Genoa hotel is located near the airport, steps away from Piazza Principe, Christopher Columbus Monument and Piazza Acquaverde. Galata Maritime ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (959 reviews)
"Very freindly and helpful staff, and comfortable, clean rooms"

Reviewed on 8 Oct. 2021

Hotel Continental Genova
NH Collection Genova Marina
NH Collection Genova Marina
4 out of 5
Molo Ponte Calvi, 5, Genoa, GE
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The price is AU$141 per night from 21 Nov. to 21 Nov.
Located in the heart of Genoa, this hotel is steps away from Aquarium of Genoa, The Bigo Lift (Il Bigo) and Palazzo di San Giorgio. Old Port and National Ligurian ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (967 reviews)
"Location"

Reviewed on 11 Sep. 2021

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Bristol Palace Hotel
Bristol Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
Via XX Settembre 35, Genoa, GE
The price is AU$245 per night from 4 Nov. to 4 Nov.
Located in Genoa Historical Centre, this hotel is steps away from Piazza de Ferrari and Museum of the Ligurian Art Academy (Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti). ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (949 reviews)
"The Property was in great condition and clean"

Reviewed on 3 Oct. 2021

Bristol Palace Hotel
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Palazzina B - Contemporary Studio
Palazzina B - Contemporary Studio
3 out of 5
Via dei Conservatori del Mare 5, Genoa, Città Metropolitana di Genova
The price is AU$128 per night from 4 Nov. to 4 Nov.
Located in Genoa Historical Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Loggia dei Mercanti o di Banchi, Palazzo San Giorgio and Cathedral Museum (Museo ...
4/5 Very Good! (3 reviews)
"Buona posizione, di recente apertura, arredata con cura in stile moderno. Adatta per famiglie o amici che si conoscono bene perché non c’è privacy. Personale accogliente e cordiale"

Reviewed on 11 Oct. 2021

Palazzina B - Contemporary Studio
Atelier Apartments by Wonderful Italy
Atelier Apartments by Wonderful Italy
Via S. Luca 4, Genoa, Città Metropolitana di Genova
Located in Genoa Historical Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Loggia dei Mercanti o di Banchi, National Ligurian Gallery at the Spinola Palace ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Das Apartment war sehr schön."

Reviewed on 26 Aug. 2021

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XXV Aprile by Wonderful Italy
XXV Aprile by Wonderful Italy
Via XXV Aprile, 8, Genoa
The price is AU$134 per night from 3 Nov. to 3 Nov.
Located in Genoa Historical Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Teatro Carlo Felice, Museum of the Ligurian Art Academy (Accademia Ligustica di ...
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 17 Jul. 2021

XXV Aprile by Wonderful Italy
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