An Italian retreat by the sea
Set between the Ligurian Sea and the Apennine Mountains, Genoa is Italy’s most northern seaport. Visitors to the city will be inspired by the Romanesque, Renaissance and Baroque style architecture of the Centro Storico. Wander through the narrow streets and get lost among quaint book shops and antique stores. Tour the historic sites including the house where Christopher Columbus was born, the grand St. Lawrence Cathedral and the Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato. Relax with an authentic Italian coffee on the terrace overlooking the Piazza De Ferrari or spend a peaceful afternoon in the Villetta Di Negro Park. The ornamental pond, floral archways and beautiful foliage of Villa Durazzo Pallavicini garden is considered one of the most romantic spots in Genoa. Explore the exhibits and frescos of The Palace of the Doges and enjoy The Edoardo Chiossone Museum housing the largest collection of Oriental art in Europe.
A city of Roman and Baroque architecture, Genoa will enchant visitors with an extensive display of museums, monuments and attractions. Discover Italian frescos in the cathedrals of the old town and browse the small shops and stalls. Enjoy the bustle of mopeds, residents and tourists in this busy city.
When To Go?
Genoa experiences a Mediterranean climate with Oceanic influences. The wet season runs from October through to November but temperatures stay fairly even. December is the coldest month in Genoa with average daily temperatures of 7°C. May- August are the warmest months with temperatures rising to 29°C and July is the driest month of the calendar year. Travel to Genoa at the end of August for the best weather.
How To Get There?
Genoa is served by Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA) located 7km (approximately 5 miles) west of the city centre. It connects Genoa to Rome, Naples, Paris, London, Madrid and Munich with daily flights. Ryanair and British Airways offer direct flights from London airports all year round. Passengers to Genoa can reach the city centre by taxi; a desk is available within the terminal building.
Visitors to Genoa should not leave without taking a trip to the Old Harbour known locally as the Porto Antico; at night couples gather to watch the sun set over the horizon. Discover marine life at the nearby Genoa Aquarium and touch the rays in the petting tank. Walk out to the imposing Torre della Lanterna, the city’s ancient lighthouse, and take in views over the bay. Sample the delicious local delicacies of focaccia, farinata and stoccafisso.