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Genoa Boat Show 2024: useful information

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The Genoa Boat Show is an international nautical fair that takes place in Genoa in September and attracts thousands of sea enthusiasts every year.

Here, it is possible to admire the most beautiful boats in the world.

In addition to exhibiting boats, the Boat Show hosts journalists from all over the world, who aim to promote Italian companies abroad (ICE Agency).

Let’s find out together all the information you will need to plan a visit to the Genoa Boat Show.

When the Genoa Boat Show starts

Dates 2024

The Genoa Boat Show 2024 will be held from 19 to 24 September 2024 from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm.

It starts on Thursday and lasts 6 days.

Where the Genoa Boat Show takes place

Genoa Boat Show takes place in Piazzale Kennedy 1, in the Foce district, i.e. between the city centre and the Corso Italia sea promenade.

Visitors will be provided with an interactive map, indispensable for finding their way around the boat show, which covers an area of 200,000 square metres (wi-fi is free).

How the Genoa Boat Show is organised

Genoa Boat Show is divided into five areas: Tech Trade, the show devoted to accessories, Sailing World, the sailing boat show, Boating Discovery, the outboard boat show, Yacht and Superyacht, the show hosting luxury boats, and Living the Sea, the show for sea enthusiasts.

Then there is the Forum area, where the Nautical Fair conferences are held, and refreshment areas located at various points.

Genoa Boat Show

Levante Waterfront Area

Thanks to the Levante Waterfront redevelopment project by world-famous Genoese architect Renzo Piano, the boat show area will be enlarged.

The works, which started in 2020, are expected to be completed in 2024 with the opening of the car park located below the Palasport, which will be directly connected to the Boat Show.

Genoa Boat Show 2024

How much does the ticket for Genoa Boat Show cost

Tickets for Genoa Boat Show can be purchased online on the official website and cost €23.00 (€ 1.00 advance sale fee).

Tickets will be available from June 2024Go to the official website.

The ticket is nominal and is only valid for the day of the exhibition visit.

Accompanying persons of visitors with disabilities get in free of charge.

If you have any problems when purchasing your ticket, please email [email protected]

Info for visiting the Genoa Boat Show with children

Children up to 12 years of age enter for free.

Nursery areas for changing babies are located at different points of the fairground (on the map, they are indicated as fashion toilets).

How to get to the Genoa Boat Show

Arriving by car

From the A12 motorway, take the Genova Est exit and follow the signs for the boat show (about 3 kilometres, you will pass through the centre of Genoa).

From the A26 motorway, on the other hand, take the Genova Ovest exit (about 6 kilometres, in this case you will pass through the Porto Antico of Genoa).

Arriving by train

The nearest railway station is Genova Brignole, which is 1.4 kilometres from the boat show.

Arriving by bus

From the Genoa Brignole railway station, you can takebus No. 31 and get off near the fairground, in Piazzale Kennedy.

There are also shuttle buses, i.e. free shuttles available to Boat Show ticket holders.

The Genoa Boat Show, on the other hand, provides the Shopping Bus, a transport service for the Show’s guests and operators, available every half hour.

Arriving by plane

Genoa Cristoforo Colombo International Airport is 8 kilometres away from the Boat Show.

To find out how to get to the centre from Genoa airport, you can read this article.

Need to rent a car?

You can compare the offers proposed by rental agencies and save 70% by booking your car on the DiscoverCars portal.

Rental prices start at €5.00 per day, cancellation is free, and thereis 24-hour assistance. I talk about it HERE.

Where to park to go to the Genoa Boat Show

The closest car park to the fairground is located right in front of the entrance, and is the one in Piazzale Kennedy.

The flat rate is 23.00€ per day (1€ quote).

Parking can only be purchased after purchasing the Boat Show entrance ticket.

Alternatively, you can park your car in the areas surrounding the fairgrounds, again at a flat rate of 23.00€ (1€ quote).

If, on the other hand, the idea was to arrive by car and then travel by public transport, there are a number of interchange zones where you can leave your car, at a more convenient price.

These are Piazzale Marassi (at the Genoa East exit) and Via Bruno Buozzi (Park Dinegro, at the Genoa West exit).

Where to sleep near the Genoa Boat Show

Below, you will find a list of the best accommodations located near the Genoa Boat Show.

Maison d’Or – Luxury apartment, located in Via Rimassa, a few hundred metres from the Boat Show – Check here.

Waterfront House – 2-bedroom flat, located in Via della Libertà, also in the Foce district. It offers private parking, at a rate of €17.00 per day – See here.

Melià Genova – 5-star hotel located in Via Corsica, about 1.5 kilometres from the Boat Show. It offers an indoor pool, spa, gym, Turkish bath and Jacuzzi – Check here.

Virginia’s Rooms – Single and family rooms with parking included, to be booked in advance. It is located in via Nino Bixio, in the Carignano district, just over a kilometre away from the nautical fair – See here.

Otherwise, you can read Where to stay in Genoa, hotels for every need.

Where to eat near the Boat Show

In addition to the refreshment areas inside the structure, there are some small restaurants around the boat show that are worth trying.

Osteria della Foce – In Via Ruspoli, it offers traditional Genoese dishes of both land and sea (average price, around €30.00 per person).

Ostetrattoria – In via Rimassa, mainly fish menu. The crudo and cappon magro are very good (medium-high prices).

Ristorante Santa Monica – In Corso Italia, a refined fish restaurant with a fantastic view of the sea. Here too, prices are high but in line with the quality of the catch.

To eat in a typical Genoese trattoria, on the other hand, you need to go to the historic centre where you will find the most characteristic places. Go to article

More information on the Genoa Boat Show

Dogs, if provided with a muzzle and leash, may enter the Show.

For those who have the curiosity to go on one of the boats on display at the Boat Show, it may be useful to know that it can be done by appointment.

You can phone the boatyard or make an appointment in person during the visit.


A bit of Boat Show history

The Boat Show was born in Milan in 1961 under the name of Salone Internazionale della Nautica.

The following year, it was moved to Genoa and took its current name.

Initially, the exhibition area covered 30,000 square metres and hosted 430 exhibitors, both Italian and foreign.

The entrance ticket cost 250 lire.

Year after year, the Genoa Fair became the reference point of the international boating industry.

A prestigious event that no shipyard could miss.

Today, the Genoa Boat Show covers an area of 200,000 square metres and hosts more than 1,000 boats.

The Boat Show is a unique event in the world and is increasingly focused on making Genoa the city of boating.

Genoa Boat Show – Conclusions

The Genoa Boat Show is an event that involves the entire city.

It is not only visited by potential buyers of luxury boats but also by all sea enthusiasts who want to learn something about navigation and new technologies.

And with the excuse, why not also plan a visit to the city of Genoa or its Rivieras?

Genoa Boat Show: contacts

Address Boat Show – Piazzale Kennedy, Genoa GE.

Telephone – 39 010 576 9811.

E-mail[email protected]

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