Genoa travel guide

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You're Going to Love Genoa

A great trading republic of the renaissance, the home port of Christopher Columbus, and in latter years a portal to the Italian riviera, Genoa is a fascinating jumble of grand historical palaces, modern attractions, and intriguing neighborhoods.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Genoa

1. UNESCO-Listed Historical Sites

Genoa once dominated the Mediterranean, and its glory days have left a gorgeous legacy. See the exquisite Palazzo Reale, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, and Ombre Rosse, a 13th-century medieval home.

2. Fabulous Art Galleries

A cluster of stately palaces forms the Musei di Strada Nuova - a trio of superb art galleries featuring countless masterpieces.

3. World-Famous Foods

When you visit, don't miss out on authentic Ligurian Pesto Genovese - the way it should be made - as well as ravioli in traditional walnut sauce.

4. Family-Friendly Modern Attractions

Genoa has something for every member of the family. The kids will adore the recently completed aquarium in the port district, while Biosfera offers a mixture of international plants as well.

5. It's a Gateway to Coastal Wonders

When you stay in Genoa, you'll be within striking distance of the Cinque Terre - a series of scenic coastal villages - as well as the resorts to the west.

Where to Eat in Genoa

Genoa is a massive gastronomic destination, and the standard of eateries is high. Highlights include the 16th-century Le Cantine Squarciafico, the traditional fare at Le Cicale, and the burger specialists Il Masetto. Meals will cost about EUR30-40 with a bottle of wine included.

When to visit Genoa

Genoa in February
Estimated hotel price
C$ 63
1 night at 3-star hotel
Genoa in February
Estimated hotel price
C$ 63
1 night at 3-star hotel

May is a fantastic time to visit, with warm weather and relatively light crowds, but summer is just as good. The sea will be perfect for swimming and the long summer evenings seem made for al fresco dining.

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How to Get to Genoa


Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA) has plenty of connections to major European airports like London or Paris. Take the Volabus to the city center (EUR6) or catch a taxi for around EUR30.


Genoa has rail connections to Milan, Turin, Rome, Nice, and plenty of other regional destinations. Most long distance trains terminate at Genova Piazza Principe station.


From Milan, take the A7 to Genoa. From Rome, take the E80 along the west coast, while you'll need to take the A11 then the E80 if you are driving from Florence.


Eurolines runs daily buses into Genoa, which stop at Principe, just west of the city center.

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Where to stay in Genoa

Most of the best accommodation options are around the harbor, including the Hotel Melià, Grand Hotel Savoia, and the NH Collection Genova Marina.

Popular neighbourhoods in Genoa

Centro Storico - the city's sightseeing hub, Centro Storico is where you'll find the cathedral and the major art galleries.

Porto Antico - the ancient port has recently been refurbished and received plenty of investment, making it an attractive, lively place to explore.

Principe - home to the main station, Principe also hosts museums like the Palazzo Reale and the Galata Museo del Mare (Maritime Museum).

Most popular hotel in Genoa by neighborhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Genoa

Most booked hotels in Genoa

Hotel Continental Genova
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
C$ 168+
Mercure Genova San Biagio
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 136+
Starhotels President
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C$ 141+
Hotel Britannia
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C$ 88+
Columbus Sea Hotel
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C$ 75+
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How to Get Around Genoa

Public Transportation

AMT Genova runs a city-wide bus system. Single tickets cost EUR1.50 and day passes are EUR4.50. There are also funicular railways (up the steep cliffsides), and even water buses around the harbor.


Taxis in Genoa charge a meter drop of EUR5, then around EUR2.50 per mile.


Car rental options in Genoa include Budget, Eurorent ,and Avis, and rates should be around EUR10-15 per day.

The Cost of Living in Genoa

Shopping Streets

To find an endless array of fashion boutiques, head to Piazza De Ferrari and then wander along Via XX Settembre, or head to the Fiumara Centro Commerciale near Sampierdarena station.

Groceries and Other

Supermarket options include Coop, Carrefour, and Ekom. Prices aren't too high. For example, expect 12 eggs to cost about EUR2.70.

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