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Genoa

N 4424.427', E 856.043'
2012-06-07
http://www.comune.genova.it
Our rating: 8.00
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Genoa is a very unusual city. It's not like any other Italian city and not as famous among tourists as other large cities in Italy, but nevertheless attractive in its own way. I would call it a city of interesting and beautiful architecture.

The city will also interest the food tourists, because Genoa is home to the pesto sause and the "Spaghetti alla genovese". 

Ferrari Square in Genoa
Ferrari Square in Genoa Yuriy Buriak

The most famous native is Christopher Columbus, there's even his house in the city. However, nobody can be sure that he was actually born in Genoa. There's a large monument to the famous navigator near the train station.

Monument to Christopher Columbus in Genoa
Monument to Christopher Columbus in Genoa Yuriy Buriak

To walk around city, you can use this route, it covers many interesting streets in the central part (visit also a port) or a map at the end of the article. Genoa has many arcades, you can walk in the city even in the rain. The arcades are decorated with mosaics.

Arcades in Genoa
Arcades in Genoa Yuriy Buriak


Arcades in Genoa
Arcades in Genoa Yuriy Buriak


Mosaics on the streets of Genoa
Mosaics on the streets of Genoa Nastya Mironets


Mosaics on the streets of Genoa
Mosaics on the streets of Genoa Yuriy Buriak


Mosaics on the streets of Genoa
Mosaics on the streets of Genoa Nastya Mironets

There's also a lot of palaces (Palazzo), we were really impressed. Many of them are on Via Garibaldi. Some palaces are museums and can be visited. And some have nice courtyards, you can visit them, just open the door from the street. Don't miss an opportunity to see such small courtyards, they are really nice.

Courtyard with an old
Courtyard with an old "sink of St. Bridget" - now this is a cafe. Yuriy Buriak


Garibaldi Street
Garibaldi Street Yuriy Buriak


Houses on the Garibaldi Street
Houses on the Garibaldi Street Yuriy Buriak


Houses on the Garibaldi Street
Houses on the Garibaldi Street Yuriy Buriak

There are also many narrow streets, which are totally different from the neighboring grandiose avenues.

Genoa
Genoa Yuriy Buriak


Genoa
Genoa Yuriy Buriak


Genoa
Genoa Yuriy Buriak

First what you see on the waterfront of Genoa is a huge automobile overpass. It spoils the impression from the waterfront. There are three interesting places here: a big pirate ship, an unusual tourist airlift Bigo and the famous Aquarium, one of the largest in Europe.

Port of Genoa
Port of Genoa Yuriy Buriak


Bigo airlift in Genoa
Bigo airlift in Genoa Yuriy Buriak


Pirate ship in Genoa
Pirate ship in Genoa Yuriy Buriak


Automobile overpass on the seafront of Genoa
Automobile overpass on the seafront of Genoa Yuriy Buriak


Unusual sculpture on the waterfront in Genoa
Unusual sculpture on the waterfront in Genoa Yuriy Buriak

Genoa as well as many other cities that are located on the mountain slopes, has elevators. Some of them are very interesting. We used the one that goes horizontally and then vertically! Entrance to this elevator is on the Via Balbi Street.

Horizontal and vertical elevator in Genoa
Horizontal and vertical elevator in Genoa Yuriy Buriak

We spent the night at the hotel on the XX September Street. Located almost in the downtown, the street looks really great. The problem is that it's impossible to park here and if you have a car, you'll have to look for an underground car parking nearby. There are pompous old houses on the street and our budget hotel was located in one of them on the top floor.

XX September Street in Genoa
XX September Street in Genoa Yuriy Buriak


XX September Street in Genoa
XX September Street in Genoa Yuriy Buriak


Our hotel in Genoa on the XX September Street
Our hotel in Genoa on the XX September Street Yuriy Buriak


Entrance to an ordinary house in Genoa
Entrance to an ordinary house in Genoa Yuriy Buriak


Ordinary house in Genoa
Ordinary house in Genoa Yuriy Buriak


Lift in an old house in Genoa
Lift in an old house in Genoa Yuriy Buriak


Houses on the XX September Street in Genoa
Houses on the XX September Street in Genoa Yuriy Buriak

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Genoa
Genoa Yuriy Buriak


House near the Ferrari Square in Genoa
House near the Ferrari Square in Genoa Yuriy Buriak


Genoa
Genoa Yuriy Buriak


Graffiti in Genoa
Graffiti in Genoa Nastya Mironets


Graffiti in Genoa
Graffiti in Genoa Nastya Mironets


Map of Genoa
Map of Genoa @

Genoa metro

Getting there: There's an airport named after Christopher Columbus. From the airport to the downtown you can get by bus (timetable and price). There are two railway stations almost in the downtown. The port of Genoa is connected by ferry lines with many countries and islands in the Mediterranean Sea (list of routes).

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