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The Port of Genoa

Port & City
 
About the Port
Port Antico (Old Port) is located in the heart of Genoa and is often treated as a tourist attraction. Ponte dei Mille is the main cruise terminal, although Ponte Andrea Doria also hosts a few ships. The port has a movie theatre, shops, restaurants, an aquarium, and other tourist facilities.
Port Antico is a walking-distance (5-10 minutes) from the downtown. It’s an ideal place to take excursions to the neighboring towns of Portofino and Savona. Hop on/off buses for Genoa start their tour here.

About the City
Genoa is the capital city of Liguria region and the 6th largest city of Italy. The city is the birthplace of Cristopher Columbus. Although it’s often ignored by tourists, Genoa was among the European Capitals of Culture in 2004. The population of the city is around 650,000.
The main tourist information center is located in the Piazza de Ferrari. Another one is available at the airport.
 
Language
The Italian is the official language. The local dialect is called Genoese, which is similar to the French language. English is spoken only in touristic areas.

Climate
Genoa enjoys a Mediterranean climate of hot summers and mild winters. The average temperature is 20°C in summer and 10°C in winter.

Internet Connection
The community of Genoa offers 90 spots of free WIFI in city squares, museums, and libraries. You can only use 300 MB per day, there is no time limit. Besides, many cafes and eating places like Bar Pendola, and BerioCafe, Bigo Café also free WIFI.
 

Things to Know

  • The currency of Genoa is Euro.
  • All shops close at 5:00pm on Saturdays and remain closed all day Sunday. Weekend shopping is best done in markets like Mercato Orientale.
  • Tipping is not obligatory, but advisable, if you’ve received awesome service. Waiters usually expect a tip of 10% from tourists.
  • Be prepared to wait; Italians are not very punctual, which is why you should never be on a tight schedule.
  • Carry a small Italian dictionary, which will help you to communicate with taxi drivers and waiters.

 

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 Attractions
 
  • Genoa Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, was built on the spot of an ancient cathedral in the 12th century. The cloisters display Genoese art and historic artefacts uncovered from archaeological findings. Moreover, the cathedral used to house the ashes of Saint John Baptist during the Crusades. Today, it’s the seat of Archbishop of Genoa.
  • Piazzas (city squares) of Genoa are some of the top architectural attractions. Piazza De Ferrari and Piazza Principe are only two of the many must-visits.
  • Palazzo Reale was built in the 17th century. The palace is full of frescoes, sculptures, paintings, and other works of Baroque and Rococo masters. The palace currently operates exclusively as a museum.
  • Galata Museo del Mare is the largest sea museum of the Mediterranean. The four floors of exhibition cover the important time periods of the city like the Italian emigration and traditions of Darsena armory.
  • Palazzo Doria Tursi was built for Niccolo Grimaldi in the 16th century. The palace has served as a city council and currently hosts the Museum of Genoa. Make sure to visit Sala Paganini, which displays Nicolo Paganini’s Guarnerius violin.
  • La Lanterna (the Lighthouse) is the symbol of Genoa and was built in 1543. It’s 77m tall. The 172 steps lead to the first terrace.
  • The Aquarium of Genoa is one of the largest ones in Europe. It was built to celebrate 500 years since the discovery of America by Columbus. Besides the 70 water tanks that contain more than 5000 sea creatures, you can also visit Pianeta Acquario, AcquarioVillage, and Acquario Segreto.

Other Genoa attractions you should visit are the National Gallery, Church of the Gesù, Palazzo Ducale, Palazzo Rosso, Wolfsoniana, and Il Galeone Neptune.
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 Eating and Drinking
 
 
Genoa is famous for sauces like pesto, salsa verde, and salsa di noci, which are great with meat and pasta.
Other must-tries are focacce and torte salate. These are pie-like salads made of vegetables and cheese.
When ordering pasta, go for Spaghetti, Trenette or Troffie with pesto sauce, which is the traditional dish of Genoa. Other dishes are Lattughe Ripiene, Focaccia di Recco, Corzetti, and so on. In fact, the best restaurants are found in the historic center.

Italian wine is the number one option for drinks. The legal drinking age is 18, but you can drink when 16, if accompanied by a parent.
History & Culture
 
History

The city of Genoa was founded in 4th century AD. The name means “the door” in Latin. A legend states it originated from the Roman god Janus (Giano), who was the protector of passageways, including the doors to one’s house. Genoa has rivaled against Venice for centuries, defeating it in 1298.

The city has been under the rule of a number of European countries and was renamed numerous times in the 17th century. It was the first city in Northern Italy to rise against the local fascist rule during WWII.
 
Culture

Genova is famous for medieval palaces, historic streets and surrounding mountains. The best art on display is mainly from the late-Renaissance period. The majority of historic buildings date back to the 16th century.
 
Transportation

There are 2 train stations in Genoa - Genoa Piazza Principe and Genoa Brignole. Trains connect the city to Milan ($20, 2 hours), Turin ($20, 2 hours), Rome ($50, 5 hours), San Remo ($18, 2 hours), and Pisa ($20, 2 hours).

Buses are operated by AMT. The single-ride bus ticket costs a dollar and is valid for 90 minutes. Tickets that are valid all day cost around $5. The Genovapass offers a day of free AMT services. Card Musei combines free access to the city museums and the transport managed by AMT at the same time.

Renting a car is not advised, as the streets are very narrow. The attractions are located close to each other and can be reached on foot or by bus.

The city transport also includes funiculars ($1.5) and cable cars.