Although cities such as Rome, Venice and Florence are the most popular in Italy, Liguria is also a favorite for visitors. Genoa, the rebellious and sophisticated capital of the Liguria region, is proud to be a breed apart from other Italian cities. The birthplace of Christopher Columbus, the city occupies a very important place in Italian history since it is the country’s biggest port city. The marine spirit is still felt in the general texture of the city. With typical Ligurian houses full of interesting stories, with their green windows and painted in several shades of yellow located on distinctive and too narrow streets, Genoa holds the unique sea flavors and pesto in high esteem in its cuisine. If colorful fishermen‘s towns such as Portofino, Camogli and Cinque Terre are included in your travel plans, most probably you will also like to visit Genoa. Please keep in mind that things in Genoa work different than other Italian cities; the longer you stay and explore Genoa, the more you like it.
Genoa is one of the most historical places you can visit. You must definitely add Galata Museo del Mare, Museo Navale di Pegli and Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Doria-Tursi on Via
Garibaldi to your list so that you can see both the historical and the cultural aspects of Genoa. You will meet the maritime trade history of Genoa and its fine arts heritage from the 16th century on Via Garibaldi.
Visiting Acquario, one of Europe’s biggest aquariums, is a very enjoyable activity during your stay at Genoa. Acquario features over 5,000 different oceanic species and several exhibitions.
You can travel to Boccadasse by train or by bus in the event that weather conditions are suitable. This fishermen’s village is located 3 km east of the center and its pebble stone beach is a popular
getaway for locals during the hot summer days. Viletta di Negro would be a perfect choice for those who like fresh air; the nature park has a city view.
An active business center, Norrmalm is connected to The Old Town district, surrounded by Porta dei Vacca and Porta Soprano, is a must for getting to know Genoa. Here you can walk through very narrow streets called “caruggi” distinct to Genoa and see many sweet houses with green windows that symbolize the city. At Ferrari Square, connecting the old and new towns, energy and excitement continues 24/7.
One of the greatest cultural treasures of Genoa is cuisine. “Farinata” made from chickpea jlour and “focaccia” which is a kind of pastry filled with onion or tomato are the favorite fast food specialties. Genoa, being a port city, is also very good for seafood. Besides classical presentations, you can have a “take-away” mix from fried seafood kiosks and eat these delicious foods while you watch the sunset in the Old Port district.
Genoa also contains Italy’s unrivalled cathedral architecture. San Lorenzo Cathedral; known for its Gothic-Romanesque architecture and its black and white stripes, was completed during the 14th century and brought to its present state by several additions and renovations. The cathedral seems to be lucky for not being destroyed during World War II and remains as a grand historical
building of the region.
Speaking of food, you must definitely try “Trofie a la Genovese,” which is famous for its pesto. This is a classic dish of the region prepared with beans and potatoes. Local restaurants Trattoria dell’Acchiughetta and Ombre Rosse are among the most popular for the Genoese.