The city that Petrarch defined as “Superba” has a glorious history: for more than seven centuries, it was the capital of one of the most successful Maritime Republics. Arriving by sea, you will be astonished by its ancient port , which remains to this day Italy’s largest, and its iconic lighthouse, the Lanterna. It is a city that seems to be several different places at the same time, given its mix of cultures and all the various influences that only sea ports can embrace. You will be surprised and delighted as you stroll down the so-called caruggi, the narrow alleyways in the oldest part of the city, surrounded by the salty sea air and the intense fragrances of basil and focaccia bread.
Genoa is the city that has inspired Italian singer-songwriters such as Fabrizio De André, Luigi Tenco, Gino Paoli, Bruno Lauzi and Ivano Fossati. It also boasts Italy’s largest aquarium . Just a short trip from the oldest part of town will take you to coastal villages such as Boccadasse and Nervi, alongside the other jewels set between the sea and the coast.
Genoa is the gateway to the Mediterranean: the first time you visit, it will enchant you, and you are sure to return.
Go to Boccadasse, the ancient seaside village, with its dozens of restaurants and bars
Visit the Genoa Aquarium, Italy’s largest
Enjoy a delicious bowl of pasta with pesto alla genovese
Stroll through the alleyways of the city centre to the museum dedicated to singer-songwriter Fabrizio De André on Via del Campo
Marvel at the panorama from the Spianata di Castelletto, a suspended terrace in the city centre affording views out to the port
Look out to sea from the Porto Antico (Old Port), re-designed by Renzo Piano
Discover the charm of the majestic Cathedral of San Lorenzo and its treasure
Immerse yourself in the green oasis of Nervi Park, which plays host to prestigious museums housed in old patrician villas
Take a tour of Genoa’s historic workshops, some of which have been operating for more than 200 years
Find out about the history of the symbol of Genoa, the Lanterna, which is the tallest lighthouse in the Mediterranean