The capital of Liguria, Genoa on Italy’s north-western coast is something of an undiscovered gem. This enchanting city has a stunning setting by the sea, and those who do visit generally leave feeling utterly charmed, very content - and very full.
A great place to start any holiday Genoa is Via Garibaldi. This grand thoroughfare is one of the finest in Europe yet is relatively unknown. The street is lined with baroque architecture, including the Palazzo Rosso that is home to Rubens masterpieces, among others.
Some compare Genoa’s old town to Barcelona’s Barrio Gótico, and it is the largest medieval settlement in Europe. This city of contrasts also has the main business and retail district located right next to the old town, which begins with the handsome Ferrari square.
Head uphill from town and you’ll discover winding alleys and palatial places as you climb higher. The Villetta Di Negro is well worth the effort; if you make it to this hilltop park you can see a tumbling waterfall, man-made caves and the most spectacular views over the city.
Down by the sea is the busiest port in Italy, which has a vast covered market, the Mercato Orientale, as well as some fabulous gelato parlours. Head out of town to Bocadasse, which can be reached via a one-hour scenic walk from the city centre. This pretty fishing village features multi-coloured houses perched over the pebble beach, which is lapped by the waters of the Mediterranean.
Whatever you want from a short break or longer holiday in Genoa, there are plenty of hotels to choose from. These range from cheap hotels in Genoa for those travelling on a budget, to 5 star hotels in Genoa that can cater to the traveller’s every whim. Whether you want to stay for a night or two en-route to Bologna, Turin, Milan or elsewhere in Liguria, or you want to make this beguiling city your base for a longer holiday, the accommodation options are plentiful and varied.
Food is one of the highlights of any trip to Italy, and Genoa certainly does not disappoint in this respect. The ocean provides the freshest fish and seafood, while produce from the Liguria region includes olives as well as lots of delicious fruit and vegetables. You can of course also feast on pizza and pasta, as well as other local and Italian specialities.
If you feel like a stopover or longer break here, why not see if any of the Genoa hotels we offer there might suit your requirements?