Welcome to Genoa, also known as Genova or la Superba (The Proud One) due to an impressive history and incredible landmarks. Genoa is heaven for those who love architecture, culture, palaces, art, and music. The old town was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2006, and Genoa itself was hailed as the European Capital of Culture in 2004. There's much to see and do and you'll quickly understand why this is such a popular destination for discerning travelers.
Genoa is located on the Gulf of Genoa in the Ligurian Sea and has been one of the most important ports on the Mediterranean for centuries. Christopher Columbus was born here, in fact. Other notables include Giuseppe Mazzini, Grimaldo Canella (founder of the House of Grimaldi) and Niccolo Paganini.
The city itself covers 94 square miles between the Ligurian Sea and the Apennine Mountains. It also has a coast that is 19 miles in length. With a subtropical and Mediterranean climate, the temperature actually only varies about 11 degrees throughout the year, making for very pleasant visits.
Here is where you can visit the Palazzi dei Rolli, included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is the location of 7 of the most impressive palaces. The center of Genoa is connected to its upper part by ancient paths caught between tall palaces and is called Creuze. Another site certainly worth visiting is the upper ring road, Circonvallazione a Monte that includes even more impressive palaces and other historical buildings.
Other popular locations are the fountain of Piazza de Ferrari (recently restored), San Lorenzo cathedral with its impressive portal and dome where it is said they guard the Holy Chalice of Christ, and the Mazzini Gallery which houses elegant shops and cafes.
Genoa is also fairly close to two other vacation spots, Camogli and Portofino, which are often considered favorite day trip locations. For those who love nature, there is the Aveto Natural Regional Park. Another tourist destination is the ancient seaside district of Boccadasse (which means "The mouth of the donkey"), with its colorful boats, and the promenade which runs along the Lido d'Albaro, and known for its ice-creams.
As you can tell, there's much to do in Genoa. We suggest that you peruse the excursions available to help you to see the most during your visit and the sites you want to see. Visiting the sprawling city of Genoa is much easier with a knowledgeable guide and more interesting as well since you can enjoy being entertained with interesting facts and insider information.
Whatever you choose to see, or do, we are certain you will enjoy your visit to Genoa!
Fun Fact: The Bank of Saint George, located in Genoa, was founded in 1407 and is among the oldest in the world