Genoa, nestled between the sea and the mountains, is a city rich in history and culture.
Those visiting Genoa for a few days generally stay in the centre and can visit the most interesting sights on foot.
If you want to explore the heights, on the other hand, you can use the so-called vertical lifts, which are also very scenic.
In this guide, I will provide you with all the useful information you need to visit my city, i.e. how to get there, how to get around, where to sleep, what to eat, and much more.
Complete guide to Genoa: useful information for visiting the city
When to visit Genoa
Genoa can be visited in any season of the year as it has a mild climate even during the coldest months.
The real problem in Genoa is the wind, which can bother those who are not used to it, but can be solved by protecting your head with a hat and your throat with a scarf.
Summer is never extremely hot but the presence of humidity makes the temperature feel higher.
If I had to recommend the best time to visit Genoa, I would suggest spring, early summer and autumn, which are months when you can have an aperitif or dine al fresco even in the evening.
How to get to Genoa
Arriving in Genoa by plane
The International Cristoforo Colombo Airport, recently named Genova City Airport, is quite well connected with several Italian and European destinations.
Moreover, it is only 7 kilometres from the city centre (about twenty minutes by car).
How to get from Genoa Airport to the centre
Volabus is the bus that connects Genoa airport to the city centre in about 30 minutes.
On the way, it stops at the city’s two main railway stations, Genova Brignole and Genova Piazza Principe.
The Volabus service operates from Piazza Verdi (Brignole) from 5 a.m. to 11.15 p.m. and from Genoa Airport from 5.30 a.m. to midnight, with runs every half hour/hour depending on the time slot.
It does not have to be booked in advance and luggage transport is free of charge.
The ticket can be purchased directly on board and costs €10.00 (free for children under 1.15 m tall).
If you want to get around Genoa on your own or if the idea is to explore its Rivieras or hinterland, you can opt for car rental.
In the arrivals area of the airport, on the ground floor, you will find the counters of the rental companies.
You can compare offers from rental agencies and save 70 per cent by booking your car in advance on the DiscoverCars portal.
Rental prices start at €5.00 per day, cancellation is free of charge, andassistance is available 24 hours a day.
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Genoa useful information: Taxi
Also on the ground floor of the airport are taxis to the Principe and Brignole railway stations for a fixed fare of €21.00 and €24.00 respectively.
Getting to Genoa by train
The two most important railway stations in the city are those of Genova Piazza Principe and Genova Brignole.
Principe station is the closest to the historic centre of Genoa and its port, and is a ten-minute walk away.
Brignole station is also centrally located but on the opposite side of the Port, closer to the shopping street (Via XX Settembre, Via San Vincenzo).
Both stations, however, are served by the metro.
Getting to Genoa by car
The city of Genoa has two motorway exits: Genova Ovest and Genova Est.
If the idea is to quickly reach the Porto Antico and its attractions, the advice is to exit at Genova Ovest and look for parking in the vicinity of the Aquarium.
If you are arriving from theA12 motorway, the Genova Est exit may also be convenient, where you will find some of the city’s famous attractions such as the Staglieno Monumental Cemetery and the Acquedotto Storico.
Where to park in Genoa
Free parking in Genoa’s central areas has become a mission impossible.
You can park in Genoa in the blue and blue areas where the hourly rate is, almost everywhere, € 2.50 per hour.
▶ I would like to remind you that, in the blue areas, from 8 or 9 p.m. (depending on the area) and on public holidays, parking is free.
You can also leave your car in the interchange car park, at the Genova Est exit, located in Piazzale Marassi, opposite the Luigi Ferraris Stadium.
At the parking meter, you can purchase the integrated public transport parking ticket and then take bus n 13 or 14 in Via Bobbio, to quickly reach the city centre (about 10 minutes).
Bus no. 14 stops at Brignole, near the station, while bus no. 13 passes through Brignole and terminates at Porto Antico.
Genoa useful information: how to get around
The best way to get around Genoa is, in my opinion, on foot.
The major attractions are all within walking distance of each other.
If, however, your time is counted, you could consider using the metro or bus to reach the places of interest more quickly.
Metro connects Brignole with piazza de Ferrari and the Porto Antico area in just a few minutes.
The neighbourhoods in the hills are served, on the other hand, by special vertical lifts (funiculars, rack railways, lifts), more information on which can be found in this article.
The ordinary AMT ticket costs €2,00 and is valid for 110 minutes on all buses, metro, lifts and funiculars in the city.
For every paying adult, one child under 1.15 m tall travels for free.
Prams are always allowed.
For families on holiday in Genoa for just one day, a 24-hour day ticket at a cost of €10.00 may be convenient.
Hop-on Hop-off tours
Another way to get to the most interesting sights quickly , besides having an overview of the city from above, is to board the Hop-on Hop-off buses.
These are panoramic buses that operate 2 routes:
- Historic route – Red line stops: Acquario – Garibaldi – De Ferrari – Brignole railway station – Via XX Settembre – Carignano – Corvetto – Portello – Castelletto esplanade – Principe railway station – Cruise Terminal – Mei.
- Costa – Blue Line stops: Acquario – Garibaldi – De Ferrari – Piazza della Vittoria – Boccadasse – Lungomare di Levante – Via XX Settembre – Galleria Mazzini – Portello – Spianata Castelletto – Principe Railway Station – Cruise Terminal.
The ticket lasts 24 or 48 hours and you can get on and off as many times as you like.
Cancellation is free up to 24 hours before the event.
▶ To buy the ticket, CLICK HERE.
Genoa useful information: Card Musei City Pass
The Card Musei City Pass is Genoa ‘s official tourist pass that includes entrance to some attractions and local public transport.
Three options are available:
- 24-hour Pass: provides access to two attractions of your choice and to the local public transport Amt for 24 hours.
- 48-hour pass: provides access to a choice of four attractions and Amt local public transport for 48 hours.
- 72-hour Pass: Access to seven attractions of your choice and Amt local public transport for 72 hours.
The attractions of your choice include the Galata Museo del Mare, the Lanterna, the Strada Nuova Museums, the Towers of San Lorenzo Cathedral, the Natural History Museum, Segway tours, electric bike rental, etc.
▶ To see the attractions in detail and purchase your ticket – Click here.
Once you have purchased your Genova City Pass online, you will have to activate it at theTourist Information and Reception Office in Via Garibaldi 12r, which is open from 9 a.m. to 6.20 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
Cancellation is free up to 24 hours before your visit.
Where to stay in Genoa
Genoa is a destination suitable for both couples and families, and you can find plenty of alternatives including elegant, budget, child-friendly, near the Aquarium and with parking included.
In this article, I have summarised the most deserving hotels in Genoa in my opinion, divided by area and need.
Where to eat in Genoa
Genoese cuisine is renowned for its simplicity and the use of fresh, aromatic ingredients such as basil and marjoram.
Among the best-known traditional Genoese dishes are stoccafisso, farinata, gnocchi al pesto, panissa, minestrone alla genovese, torta pasqualina, cappon magro, but there are many others that almost all the most typical trattorias offer.
The historical centre of Genoa is teeming with truly characteristic trattorias, and you are spoilt for choice.
Among my favourites, there are definitely Sa Pesta, Cavour21, trattoria di Vico Palla, trattoria delle Grazie, and Ombre Rosse.
I talk about them in this article.
Genoa useful information: conclusions
Well, we have come to the end of this article in which I have given you some useful information for your visit to Genoa, my city.
Do you have doubts or perplexities? Write them down in the comments and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
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