Genoa A maze of history and culture

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Although one of Italy’s lesser known tourist destinations, Genoa works this to its advantage as its historical charm remains intact. Here, visitors can experience what Italian life is really like as tourists are on the periphery, rather than engulfing the city like some of Italy’s more popular destinations.

Nestled between hills and on the edge of the sea, Genoa has quickly become cosmopolitan. It is the sixth-largest city in Italy and has the country’s biggest port, meaning the city has continued to flourish. In 2004 it was named European City of Culture as the port has Europe’s largest aquarium, fantastic museums and ravishing restaurants. This new side to Genoa is aligned neatly with the old town, which boasts a maze of alleys and historical attractions.

Genoa is perfect for those seeking an alternative city break or a place to explore as part of a longer Italian adventure. Once visitors discover Genoa it is impossible not to enjoy this side of Italy.

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  1. Watch the football. Genoa is home to the oldest football club in Italy so try and watch a match at the Stadio Luigi Ferrais. There is also a football museum, so head to Genoa Museum and Store located in Palazzina San Giobatta to find out more.
  2. Eat Pesto. If you want to eat food local to Genoa, try some of their Pesto as it is claimed that the sauce originates from the city. Every two years there is also a Pesto World Championship in Genoa.
  3. Understand Genoa’s naval history. As part of Genoa’s revival, museums have sprung up around the city, including the Galata Museum which is on the waterfront and explains the city’s naval history.
  4. Take a day trip. If you want to see more of the exceptional coast around Genoa, there are a variety of day trips available. Head to Boccadasse which is a neighbourhood of Genoa but popular with visitors as it has a lovely pebble beach. 
  5. See the old and new town. The two popular districts to visit are Porto Antico and Centro Storico as they both illustrate Genoa’s history. To travel around the city easily, there is a great public transport system.

Take the train to the mountains to overlook Genoa. Genoa is built at the foot of/into mountains and for only a couple euro (literally 1 or 2) take the Funicalar (maybe not exactly right) train up the mountain and then you get a very lovely view when you get to the top.

By Martin Petherick

Getting lost in old town is always good fun. Take a walk around the old town down all the back alleys (mind the ones where the hookers hang out though - it is a port after all) and see the Piazza de Ferrari, Cathedral and there is a renaissance art museum as well. Shops are local and sell quite unique gifts.

By Martin Petherick

Porto Fino: Is about 40km away from Genoa (great for a day trip). Amazing coastal path there looking at the whole of the coastline (there are a couple hills mind) but easy enough to get to via train from Genoa central or you can cycle there.

By Martin Petherick
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