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

NH Collection Genova Marina
NH Collection Genova Marina
4 out of 5
Molo Ponte Calvi, 5, Genoa, GE, 16124
The price is AU$216 per night from 4 Sep. to 5 Sep.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Genoa. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (987 reviews)
Beautiful Location
"Great location, great rooms,lovely hotel. Receptionist who checked us in was superb. Breakfast good. Silly bar rules that you are not allowed tables near the water. They were reseved for diners who did not materialise. Bar staff not friendly, small detail that marred a lovely stay"

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2022

NH Collection Genova Marina
Bristol Palace Hotel
Bristol Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
Via XX Settembre 35, Genoa, GE, 16121
The price is AU$246 per night from 4 Sep. to 5 Sep.
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! (996 reviews)
Fabulous
"Excellent"

Reviewed on 10 Aug. 2022

Bristol Palace Hotel
Grand Hotel Savoia
Grand Hotel Savoia
5 out of 5
Via Arsenale Di Terra, 5, Genoa, GE, 16126
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$220 per night from 1 Sep. to 2 Sep.
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 in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (978 reviews)
"This is amazing hotel. Rooms are beautiful. I loved my room and the view. Also had dinner on roof top. The food was great and the staff were amazing. I will definitely be back."

Reviewed on 8 Jul. 2022

Grand Hotel Savoia
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.
Acquario Genova Suite
Acquario Genova Suite
Calata Andalò di Negro 3, Genoa, 16126
The price is AU$273 per night from 11 Sep. to 12 Sep.
Stay at this business-friendly apartment in Genoa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Popular attractions Port of Genoa Cruise Ship Terminal and Old ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (15 reviews)
"The flat itself and the gentleman who checked me in and out and came by to resolve an issue are all lovely and well maintained. No issues with the flat at all, it's amazing. There is GREAT AC!! However, I did not like Genoa at all, not even the harbor. I only went there because I wanted to go boating ..."

Reviewed on 7 Aug. 2022

Acquario Genova Suite
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 fridge/freezer. Popular attractions Port of Genoa Cruise Ship Terminal and Old Port ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
"Das Apartment war sehr schön."

Reviewed on 26 Aug. 2021

Atelier Apartments by Wonderful Italy
the best place to visit Genoa
the best place to visit Genoa
Genova, Liguria
Stay at this apartment in Genoa. Enjoy WiFi, on-site parking and a TV. Our guests praise the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular attractions Port of Genoa Cruise ...
5/5 Exceptional! (53 reviews)
Perfect experience in every way!
"We have stayed in many VRBOs, but I believe that this one is our favorite to date! Riccardo is so helpful every step of the way, and his apartment is stunning inside and out. You won’t believe the location, and how glamorous yet comfortable it is. We definitely plan to come back, and we loved our ..."

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2022

the best place to visit Genoa
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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