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Genoa Local Information

Genoa is well known as the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, but more than that it is an historical town located in the Ligurian which is considered part of the Italian Riviera. Genoa is a holiday resort that has been made famous by celebrities as well as its old heritage. Known first as a seaport it has grown to become one of the best well kept secrets of Italy. Filled with villages, great palaces, amazing museums, fancy hotels, and some of the best culture in Italy, it is surely a place you must go to once in your lifetime.

Sights to See in Genoa

In Genoa, there are so many places to see and sights to visit. Starting in the old city centre you can explore the land on foot and take trips down the ancient streets and crazy alleyways. With plenty of hotels, churches, and art galleries you can easily get lost in the ambience of this town. Make sure to take a look at the Palazzo Ducale, once the home of the head of the Genoa Republic, as well as the Genoa Aquarium. Churches abound here as well, as do historic palaces that have recently been restored. Even the historical sculptures museum and cemetery’s have so much history behind them that it makes it a must-see visit for everyone.

Genoa Transport - Getting Around Town

It is simple to get around Genoa as you mostly can walk everywhere. If you go further by car you can explore the outer areas but you don’t necessarily need to hire one as there are plenty of taxi’s to be found, bus routes as well as local trains. Buses are by far the most popular amongst tourists. Genoa also has a small tube line that runs in one specific part of town.

Genoa Accommodations

There is a large selection of accommodation in Genoa. From budget bed and breakfasts, small boutique hotels to luxury five stars. In Genoa there are plenty of pensioni these type of accommodations tend to accommodate older people but not always - pensioni can be a great choice if you are looking to have meals included in the price and if you intend to have a prolonged stay. Pensioni usually means that you get a real taste of Italy. Off course there are also villa or apartments in Genoa as an option for your stay.

What to Eat in Genoa

Eating in Genoa is not just about filling your belly but it is about experiencing the Mediterranean cuisine. Based on natural products found in the area, you can dine on many types of Ligurian seafood followed by amazing desserts. There are plenty of café’s, pizza places, and home-style restaurants that serve traditional Italian fare. The pesto served in Genoa is the best in the world by all accounts and last but not least, if you get a chance you must partake in the home made ice cream found in so many of the restaurants.

When you arrive in Genoa you are sure to be pleased with the amount of things to do, see and eat there. With ancient Renaissance buildings, world famous museums, great restaurants and plenty of places to walk and shop, Genoa is truly one of the best preserved old cities in the world.

Italian Riviera Towns

Popular towns on the Ligurian Riviera:

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Rocchetta Nervina Rossiglione San Bartolomeo al Mare Sanremo Santa Margherita Ligure
Santo Stefano al Mare Sarzana Savignone Savona Sestri Levante Sestri Ponente Spotorno
Uscio Varazze Varese Ligure Ventimiglia Vezzano Ligure