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Genoa, Italy’s biggest port city, is packed with gorgeous buildings, mouth-watering cuisine and sweeping seaside views. Here in the Liguarian capital, visitors can dive deep into an exciting cultural history – and into the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean.

Genoa’s historic old town is worth visiting for the architecture alone. You’ll discover a maze of winding narrow streets adorned with baroque palaces, some of which are collectively listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll down Via Giuseppe Garibaldi and admire three of the site's most beautiful buildings – Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Doria-Tursi – home to some of Genoa’s finest artistic treasures.

A food-lovers paradise, Genoa buzzes with authentic family-run and gourmet eateries. Check out Il Genovese, a cozy restaurant serving classic Ligurian dishes made with fresh local ingredients. Pesto was born in Genoa and tasting this iconic dish in its purest form is a must. The simple yet satisfying blend of pine nuts, olive oil, garlic, basil leaves and parmesan cheese is sure to hit the spot.

There are plenty of spots just outside Genoa that offer stunning scenic views. Visit Boccadasse, an ancient village decorated with pastel-coloured houses on a cobblestone beach. Time stands still here and tourists are encouraged to slow down too. Browse the village's quaint shops, bakeries and art galleries, and take in the Gulf of Genoa with an ice cream.

Tonight

From $521 per night

This weekend

From $484 per night

Next weekend

From $277 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.02
Language Italian
Average weekend price $117 per night
Average weekday price $113 per night
Average stay 1 night

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10

I liked Genoa cause it was easy to taxi around within the...

August 6, 2022

I liked Genoa cause it was easy to taxi around within the city at not too high cost, easy to get from as it is a main city. And then once you stay in the city centre for maybe a day or two you can head just a 30 minute drive away to a more beachside Genova. Cheaper to stay than the city centre and lots of little beaches all along. Good food, authentic Italy and relaxed people Was a good little stop off for a few beach days for a solo traveller. I had a nice and relaxing time and was on my way back from cinque Terre.

Taylor
Taylor Australia
6.0

Genoa is a bit dirty and rough around the edges.

July 24, 2022

Genoa is a bit dirty and rough around the edges. There is a blend of many cultures because of the port, which means there is a diverse variety of foods to experience. A lot of interesting history here, if you enjoy learning about its past prominence as a port and as a city. Many good restaurants, including 1 Michelin Star restaurants to choose from. A good city to use as a base to travel to nearby coastal towns.

Howard
Howard U.S. Virgin Islands
10

The city is huge, the food is amazing and local food is all...

July 14, 2022

The city is huge, the food is amazing and local food is all around, citizens are very kind and approachable. Near Genova, there are many towns by the sea that are beautiful, it is easy to use public transportation, easier than other cities.

Brendateran
Brendateran Ecuador
10

This city is for walking - not for viewing on a bus.

July 14, 2022

This city is for walking - not for viewing on a bus. Those in our adult extended family group who used the HOHO bus were hot and bored (stuck in traffic) and did not like the city. Those of us who walked, loved the city! There are many alleys to discover, great food to be eaten (we chose where locals ate in one of the alleys), beautiful architecture to admire, museums and churches to enter - and it is affordable to visit.

Kathleen
Kathleen Australia
6.0

The area around the harbour is not nice at all.

July 13, 2022

The area around the harbour is not nice at all. It took us a while to find decent restaurants but when we did they were good. It don't think it is a city I would hurry back to. Felt a bit underwhelmed by it all to be fair.

Jane
Jane United Kingdom
8.0

Nice old buildings and palaces, the narrow streets (Caruggi)...

July 4, 2022

Nice old buildings and palaces, the narrow streets (Caruggi) of Genoa are interesting to see, although dodgy people may hang around and it can be smelly. Loads of focaccia bakeries, restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating. Recommend Cafe Fratelli Nodotti for breakfast/lunch; great waffle and croque. A visit to Palazzo Reale is recommended, amazing art work, fresco ceilings and nice bit of history (only €10).

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Aletta

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