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“Genoa is a large city, but it surprised me how much quieter it felt, in comparison to other Italian cities of a similar size. By eight o’clock in the evening the historic old town is often practically deserted, and few shops or bars stay open so late. There are a lot of black-market sellers, dead-beats and destitutes. It’s not really a fun city, and there aren’t many parts you’d really want to take long walks in. On the other hand, the funicular railway is cool, and lets you visit some great viewpoints. Of course, there’s plenty to see. Via Garibaldi, with its many palaces, is a UNESCO world heritage site, and it’s interesting to stroll around the port area – the cargo freighters, cruise ships and yachts are spectacular! (2016)

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“Genoa isn’t a typical tourist city, but it has an attractive mix of seaside vibes and some historical atmosphere, and it was this combination that captivated me. The ‘modern’ districts were the ones that felt most old-fashioned, and while there’s plenty of activity, the city was never uncomfortably crowded. If you’re looking to combine a beach holiday with a spot of sightseeing, Genoa might be just the place, though be prepared to travel to get to the beach: the coast directly next to the city is, unfortunately, inaccessible.” (2016)

Genoa - Piazza Troguoli di Santa Brigida - e.p. photo

Genoa (Genova) - m.f. photo

Practicals

Transport

Taxi

In Genoa use licensed taxis only. They are clean, safe, but expensive. You cannot hail a cab. You must call it by phone or by app or go to a taxi parking.

Genoa - taxi - m.l. photo

Food

A three-course meal for 2 people in a mid-range restaurant (in 2020): 50 Euro

Genoa - pasta with chicken ragout

Genoa - seafood plate - a.z. photo

Public safety

On Fridays and Saturdays, young people from all over Genoa come to the Old Town (Centro Storico) to enjoy themselves. Many of them get drunk, making it easy for innocent bystanders to get involved in fistfights.

Genoa - police - m. m.photo

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Genoa - on the way to the beach - a.b. photo

Background

Destination in brief

Genoa, an industrial port city, is in the northwestern part of Italy, in the center of the Italian Riviera. Genoa is about 156 km (97 mi) south of Milan.

Italian name: Genova

Population (in 2020): 680,000

Genoa is the city with the oldest population in Italy.

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 1400 Euro

Genoa is the second largest port in Italy. This is a significant commercial harbor, so nearby seawater won’t be the cleanest to swim. 

The Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli in Genoa’s historic centre are UNESCO World Heritage site. These are monuments  from the late 16th and early 17th centuries when the Republic of Genoa was at the height of its financial and seafaring power.

You can find excellent beaches with a 20 minutes car ride from Genoa. 

Genoa (Genova) - g.c. photo

History

From the 13th until the 17th century, Genoa possessed many territories, including Corse, a few Greek islands, and even a part of Crimea. Genoa ruled most of the Mediterranean commercial routes.

Cristoforo Colombo was born here in Genoa in 1451. In the historical center, you can find the house of Columbus. 

Gastronomy

Focaccia alla Genovese is very famous in Italy.

Attractions

Old Town (Centro Historico)

Genoa - Old Town (Centro Historico) - r.r. photo

Genoa -Old Town - i.d. photo

Genoa - Old Town - m.h. photo

Genoa - old street - b.n. photo

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