The Best Things To Do In Genoa

The expansive city of Genoa can be found in the North Western region of Italy. It has a population of 588,000 and is one of the largest cities in the country. It plays a significant role in the Italian economy via its impressive port and shipyards. However, steeped in history, there is plenty for you to see and do when you visit this magnificent historic port city. Genoa provides an alternative feel to the other cities in Italy. It is unlike Venice and Rome which all add to its appeal if you are after something a little different. Just a short trip away are the wonders of Portofino and Cinque Terre which make Genoa the perfect place to stay if you are looking to explore other areas of the Italian Riviera. 

Porta Soprana

 The city wall of Genoa is well known and throughout the years they were expanded and this kept much of the city enclosed, making them the longest city walls in Italy. Much of the wall still remains intact today and this can be seen at the Porta Soprana gatehouse as well as the towers. The towers can be viewed from much of the city and as they stand firmly alongside the arched gateway, they provide the perfect chance to take some spectacular photographs.

San Lorenzo Cathedral

This is also known as Genoa Cathedral and is an impressive building in every sense. The architecture is spectacular and is very similar to that of Florence cathedral as it contains striped marble and stone as can be seen from the exterior of the building. Vibrant colours bring this building alive and with a history that dates back to its creation in 1188, there is much to learn from this attraction. Stunning frescos and artwork bring it alive and pink marble columns really capture the imagination.

Genoa Aquarium

Whether you visit as a family or as a couple, this is a brilliant chance to explore the world of fish, sharks, turtles and dolphins. The theme is based around the Ligurian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. The environments have been carefully recreated, allowing you to see the animals in their natural climate and habitat.

Genoa Maritime Museum

During the 16th to the 19th century, Genoa was a real naval power and that is why it contains one of the biggest maritime museums throughout all of Europe. This is every bit as insightful as it is interesting and with many historical artefacts and reconstructions for you to view, you won’t want to leave. You can find globes and atlases form different periods of time and reproductions of shipwrecks and naval instruments. In the dock, you can also find an Italian Military Submarine.

Forte Begato

Located on a hillside, this fort holds a firm position and has done since 1818. This is a relatively modern fort that formed part of the defence of the city for a number of years before becoming disused. The large central barracks form the main part of the complex and this is where more than 300 soldiers used to live. It also played a significant role during WW2 as it held Prisoners of War but it is now closed to the public. Despite not being able to get inside, it is worth a trip because it is an amazing place to visit for anyone who loves history and breathtaking views.

Via Garibaldi

This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered to be one of the most important streets in the whole of Genoa. It has many different palaces and architecture that will blow you away. From the Palazzo Bianco to the Palazzo Roos and the Palazzo Lomelino, it contains a huge selection if important buildings. Narrow streets open up to reveal stunning architecture with the Palazzo Rosso being one of the more prominent buildings due to its vibrant colours. Some of the buildings are open to the public and this is where you can explore the amazing artefacts and art collections that will definitely amaze you.

Genoa Harbour

No trip to Genoa is complete without a trip to Genoa Harbour. This is a monstrous harbour that covers over 22km of coastline and here you will find docks and ports that cover commercial, recreational and pleasure purposes. There are many bars, restaurants and museums dotted along the harbour and if you spend time wandering around, you will be able to take in some of the amazing ships, yachts and luxury boats that frequent this part of the country. However, take a trip to the central section of the harbour and you will find the beautiful Lanterna di Genoa which is a lighthouse that stands at an impressive 76m tall and has been in place since the 1100s.

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