Genoa, as well as all of the Liguria region is an ideal travel destination with its old port and its joyful air filled with charming architecture. The Piazza Raffaele de Ferrari with its amusing fountain delights the eye, even more to be surrounded by the Palace of the Doges (a place that must be visited by lovers of the arts) and the Teatro Carlo Felice.
Genoa City is a great seaside town and in the last decade has become more oriented toward tourism. Check out the redevelopment of the port that now incorporates an aquarium that is open for any visit or excursion. Genoa has a long history and its museums and old forts certainly bring back to the time of Doria. It’s a city that suffers (like all the cities near the coast of Italy) the “violence” of traffic because urban planning is not designed for modern traffic. But the seaside towns all have their own charm and certainly Genoa, with its landmark lighthouse is a beauty not to be missed.
When To Go:
The perfect time to explore Genoa is amid the spring (March –April) and fall season ( May – September) The high season not just brings favorable climate to Italy’s most popular coastline, however it additionally is the main time that shops, restaurants, bars, and so forth, really stay open reliably. Numerous shops and restaurants are shut amid the low season from (October-February) and those that stay open continue their business only on designated hours. The climate in the spring and fall is the comfortable with dry air, flowers in bloom, and a humble stream of travelers.
When June moves around on the other hand, visitor season is going full speed ahead and the coast gets to be packed and livelier. In spite of overwhelming traveler season, Genoa is especially enthusiastic in the mid year, and the famous beaches also double their effort to offer the best water sports activities and gimmicks to entice more tourists to explore its waters. In the event that you decide to venture out to Genoa amid the late spring, avoid travelling during the two busiest times, Easter, and the second week of August, as it is a national holiday and numerous families head out to the coast for their yearly excursion.
A city that deserves to be seen and discovered, below are the list of things to do and places to explore when in the city of Genoa:
Dialogo Nel Buio (Dialogue in the Dark)
Dialogo Nel Buio or Dialogue in the Dark is an exhibition / experience which is located in Genoa, Docks area. It is close to a Metro stop, on a barge floating in front of the Museum of the Sea, a few meters from the Old Port and the Aquarium. You cannot get away from the city without passing through here. The cost of the ticket (€7) is booked in advance and the tour lasts about 45 minutes. You’ll be glad you did! And you will have a lot of fun (even in the dark, laughing and joking!). A visit to the Dialogue in the Dark also allows you to access the submarine Nazario Sauro, which is next door if you purchase the cumulative ticket for only €10. The route also provides access to disabled people with reduced mobility.
Overall, it is a moving experience in the world of darkness. Do not be afraid because a friendly voice will guide you through the paths of everyday life in the world of the blind. For almost an hour, you are in a world that is totally deprived of sight that you need to face daily with a feeling that you never knew you had. Credit goes to the tour guides who offer that friendly voice and guides expertly in this discovery.
It is an experience that everyone should do to understand the hardships and the characteristics of those who cannot see. It is a path totally in the dark guided by a blind person during which they meet and live everyday situations but totally in the dark. Only with the advice and explanations of the guide you can give an account of what is really going on and how to deal with the situation in total darkness. Do not miss this experience when in Genoa.
Teatro della Gioventu
The Teatro della Gioventu has a great location, almost in the center of the city. This theater is not so big but the seats are very comfortable and has very good acoustics. It has the advantage of being located in Via Cesarea which is closed to car traffic. After watching a play or musical in the theater you can go across a place with many bars and pubs with tables and chairs placed along this street.
This theater is run by young actors who put on shows with a lot of fun. Also interesting is the series of concerts in the hall next to the foyer where you can enjoy a complimentary drink while waiting for the entertaining shows to open. The latest run of “Disaster Comedy”, is a mix of hilarious gags and the actors are truly phenomenal. It is a guarantee of fun to discover or rediscover a love for the theater.
Basilica of Santa Maria di Castello
The Basilica of Santa Maria di Castello is a Romanesque church that was built between the 9th and 10th century. With a guide you can see the sacristy, the refectory, the loggia, and from the window admire the neat patio. The church and the adjacent monastery is one of the oldest and most important religious places of Genoa that dates date back 900 years. The church has an imposing facade, columns and capitals of the Romanesque style, plus a built-in library. For the interiors, it is here where you can find the most important works of art of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, such as the frescoes on the walls that run the theme about the “Life of King David”.
The Church of Santa Maria di Castello is located on a hill where the first settlement was founded which eventually became Genoa. Of particular interest are the marble sculptures by such masters as Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Francesco Boccaccino and Gregorio De Ferrari. The church highlights the Loggia of the Annunciation in which are located the oldest and most valuable frescoes of the church. These include the work done in the XV century, the authors of which were Giusto d’Alemagna, Domenico Gagini and other renowned masters of the Renaissance.
The fishing village of Boccadasse is a must in Genova. It’s lovely in the late afternoon especially during summer where you can stroll under the clear skies then eat at an exotic place. The atmosphere is really quiet. You can walk along the narrow streets around the beach where you will see very charming and typical Liguria houses with their particular color palette.
The promenade runs along the coast of Genoa two miles from the Palacio de los Deportes. This part is called the Corso Italia. The entire route is paved with red and yellow tiles. Along the way you go through beaches, restaurants and bars.
At the end of the ride where the tiles end at a gas station, you get to the right side of the road and arrive in a small cove surrounded by colorful houses, this is Boccadasse. It is the most famous picture of this small town that is still within the city of Genoa and the Italian Riviera. If you continue walking a mile without losing sight of the sea, you will see an endless succession of boats lined up in parking for boats and heading to the lively beach. This is a highly recommended tour for the adventurous and a definite must-see in Genoa.
At the Spianata Castelletto, you can get in the elevator, but it is much better to stand or walk from one of the many pedestrian streets. You go up to essentially view the entire historical center of Genoa, the port and the wide ocean. On a clear day the view is up to the Liguria Alps. The Esplanade has been largely pedestrianized and an attractive place to unwind, or get an ice cream in one of the bars there.
The Spianata offers the most beautiful view of Genoa from the top while enjoying a delicious granita. Visitors to Genoa cannot miss this beautiful open space where you can enjoy an amazing view over the rooftops of the city, the harbor, the sea and the Liguria coast. To get there fast take the liberty elevator which starts from the Piazza Portello. Once you get off the elevator, you can sit on the benches of the esplanade and enjoy the panorama, or observe the varied and fascinating humanity that populates the open space (all pedestrian). Whatever you decide to do, it is best to do it while enjoying a delicious granita sold by the local kiosks around here.
Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi
While in Genoa, take a bus or train to reach the park called the Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi. It is a park on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea that stands midway between Genoa and the French border. There you can see small animals typical of temperate forests that come to feed in your hand (squirrels, for example). If the weather is good, there is the possibility of a boat trip to Portofino, which is one of the most expensive places in Europe due to the luxury residences. To enjoy the fascinating features of this attraction, take the walk all the way to the castle where you can see the whole city from the hill.
More than a promenade, it is a path created above the cliffs with access to the sea. There are many stairs that will allow you to go on the rocks but be careful. It s ‘a unique walk as provided on the side of a high sea coast but perfectly passable (tiled) with the vegetation that accompanies it and with panoramic views of rare beauty. It runs quietly and stretches from the port of Nervi up to Campolungo. It is an oasis of relaxation and tranquility just a few miles from the center of Genoa. There are several entrance ladders, some with scales while others with descents or ascents. It is equipped with many benches for resting and enjoying the view of the sea. Along the way there are ladders for access to small pebble beaches. This is an excellent opportunity for a really nice scenic walk in the immediate vicinity or at the edge of Genoa. If the weather permits, you can have lunch in a little bar overlooking the sea.
Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari
The Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari is a typical Italian plaza with access to streets that will lead to very good shops and is also the way to the Chiesa di San Lorenzo, another attraction that is worth visiting. Great photos can be taken here, especially around the fountain that looks grand and imposing; It is more beautiful here at sunset and looks stunning in the evening when it is all lit.
The Piazza besides being very well located also has free Wi-Fi if you need to get on the internet. Just like everything else in Italy, this piazza, you feel in the last century, in the middle of a story book. The source is very beautiful as well as the buildings that surround it. It is not hard to miss because it is the crossing point of most bus lines.
Cattedrale di San Lorenzo – Duomo di Genova
The Cattedrale di San Lorenzo – Duomo di Genova is a cathedral with so many war memories and old artifacts. If you explore the entire church, you can still see the construction (floor) at the time it was made (medieval era). You can also find a World War II bomb fired by the British Allied Forces in the church that has not exploded and kept preserved in this sacred place. You can also discover lots of local crafts and the museum of gold and silver from the time of the construction of the church and some centuries later. The exhibit works are all stunning and spectacular. You can attend a holy service in many languages and every Sunday.
The Via Garibaldi is a brilliant street that houses 13 wonderful palaces of the late sixteenth century. It exists for more ‘than 400 years on this straight of 250 meters and seem to say; come and visit the wonders that we contain. The ‘uniqueness’ of the road and ‘the concentration of monuments, works of’ art of all kinds contained in these 13 treasures of the Renaissance along with their beautiful facades are the real attraction. Pressing down on the night, when the road is not crowded with eager tourists who want to take a picture with every edifice, it evokes an air of past centuries and you feel like being transported in the medieval times.
Via Garibaldi is more popularly known here as the road of the important buildings of Genoa, the buildings are very well maintained and very good to be visited. It always has some interesting thing to see; shows, movies, theater, music, and cultural events at night.
Palazzi dei Rolli
The Palazzi dei Rolli is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site and a unique feature of the ancient Republic of Genoa. In 1576 the Republic proposed the wealthy and noble families to enroll their palaces in Roles (then called Rolli) of housing that can offer hospitality to famous people passing by the city of Genoa.
They established three categories of different levels depending on the importance of the character that they will host; kings, cardinals, governors, generals, bankers, and merchants. The Rolli palaces were included in the 42; today some are publicly owned (Royal Palace, former palace Balbi, Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco, and Palazzo Tursi) and are home to museums and art galleries while others are privately owned.
Royal Palace Museum (Museo di Palazzo Reale)
The Royal Palace Museum (Museo di Palazzo Reale) is an enchanting palace built in the 1600s. It was designed by Stefano Balbi, then sold to the Durazzo family and from this, after the annexation of Genoa to the Kingdom of Sardinia (The House of Savoy) turned it into a royal residence, in which the king Charles Felix loved to stay so much so that it was said that he wanted to move the capital of the kingdom from Turin to Genoa. The interior has beautiful gardens with views of the harbor and still contains all the original furniture of its long history. On the first two floors, there is an interesting art gallery with paintings by Genoese artists from the seventeenth century as well as Tintoretto, Van Dyck and others. There is also a small gallery of statues, also modern. All of this is worth a visit when in Genoa City.
Genoa is an elegant city with a wonderful historic center, idyllic beaches, mansions and narrow alleys, and charming promenade areas. Noteworthy are the elevator rides that take you to the new town (Spianata Castelleto) where at the top you can enjoy a wonderful view of the old port and commercial center. The attractions are many making it a multifaceted city for lovers of architecture, history, culture, and the modern and interactive social exhibitions. You will find almost every city on the edge of the sixteenth century, mainly along the streets Garibaldi and Balbi.
It is truly an amazing city where the desire to go back and visit remains after seeing one attraction from another. Genoa has great panoramic scenes and oftentimes called the gray city because of the gray roof houses that compliments the view of the ocean. Do not forget your camera and adventurous energy.