Go on a trip to Genoa
Genoa is located in the northwest of Italy, in the region of Liguria. This metropolis is very dynamic thanks to its commercial port, the first in the country, but also thanks to its very active student, cultural and sports life. The arrival in the city can be surprising because of the great motorway axis that crosses it. This is the A10, which suffered a terrible tragedy when the Morandi bridge collapsed on August 14, 2018. This section was replaced two years later by the inauguration of the Genoa-St. George viaduct. Yet, don’t let this dissuade you from visiting the homeland of Christopher Columbus for a few days. The city, too often a transit route, is worth a visit, so make it a stop on your trip; you won’t be disappointed.
We’ll start by discovering its historic center, one of the largest in Europe, with its multitude of narrow streets (called caruggi), its houses from the past and its sumptuous palaces still imbued with the splendor of the past. To observe the city and enjoy an exceptional view of the Gulf of Genoa, climb to the top of the medieval lighthouse called the Lanterna.
Tour guides in Genoa
Five ideas for guided tours in Genoa
Formerly called Strada Nuova, Via Garibaldi is one of the most emblematic and popular avenues in the city. The street was built in the middle of the 16th century to create a reception point in the north of the city for rich merchants and prestigious visitors. The system of Rolli palaces was instituted here, obliging aristocratic families to lend their lodgings to distinguished guests. Here you will find twelve magnificent Renaissance buildings with ornate and beautifully decorated facades. The most famous are Palazzo Doria Tursi, Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Rosso. To make sure you don’t miss anything during your walk, hire a private guide of Genoa. He will tell you the legendary history of these places through the centuries.
The most beautiful promenade in Genoa is located in the residential area of Albaro. For more than two kilometers, this strolling path will take you from the Foce district to the village of Boccadasse. Corso Italia was built at the beginning of the 20th century, close to the steep cliffs that dominate the hillside by the sea. In 1935, the Corso Italia was renovated with the installation of elegant flowerbeds, palm trees and small fountains. The entire length is lined with municipal beaches, cafes and restaurants. The most outstanding monuments are the Abbey of San Giuliano, which dates back to 1282, the lighthouse of Punta Vagno, the fortress of San Giuliano and the famous seaside resort Nuovo Lido where the selections for the Miss Italy contest were held in the 50s. It is here, in a warm atmosphere, that the Genoese come to meet.
Boccadasse is an ancient fishing village located just outside of Genoa. It can be reached after a 3 km walk along Corso Italia. The origin of this area dates back to the Middle Ages, when a group of fishermen who were in danger of being stranded decided to settle here and build a small village. There is a splendid small bay and, clinging to the cliff, the cute little houses colored in pastel tones. The village is crisscrossed with pretty cobbled streets with picturesque buildings, and even offers a small pebble beach to relax for a while. The atmosphere is absolutely magical and walking around it is a real enchantment. In the evening, when the heat is less strong and the sun goes down, sit quietly on a terrace facing the sea and enjoy the Italian dolce vita.
The port of Genoa is the most imposing industrial maritime center in Italy. Its extent exceeds 20 kilometers. There are 2 lighthouses, 6 marinas, a huge aquarium, several museums related to the world of the sea, bars and restaurants, and of course the ferry terminals, shipyards and thousands of containers. Head to the old port, which has been completely and beautifully renovated and has become one of the most popular sites in the city. Along a large esplanade, you can stroll from attraction to attraction, discovering for example the old customs warehouses dating from the 17th century and completely renovated. You can also admire the reproduction of an old 16th century galleon, “The Neptune” which was used in the film Pirates by Roman Polanski. A visit to Porto Antico cannot be completed without a visit to the largest aquarium in Europe, without forgetting the panoramic elevator and its metal structure, from which you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Genoese metropolis.
The Ducal Palace
The Palazzo Ducale, whose construction began in 1298, was the seat of government and the residence of the Doges from 1339 until the end of the 18th century. It is located in the old town, in front of Piazza Ferrari. During its history it was restored, renovated and enlarged many times, passing from the Renaissance to the neoclassical style. After the fire that devastated the building in 1777, the majestic marbles, which are still present, were put to good use. In the 1980s, a monumental architectural work that lasted more than 10 years brought to the Palace other extensions, and it became the first cultural center of the country. This space offers multicultural events, art exhibitions, concerts, festivals and fairs all year round.