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Genoa is a historical port city in northern Italy, the capital of the Region of Liguria. Genoa today, as a tourist attraction, is often shadowed by cities such as Rome or Venice, even though it has a long history as a rich and powerful trade centre.
The Aeroporto di Genova - Cristoforo Colombo provides several daily flights from other major European cities such as Rome, London, Munich, Paris and Moscow and from Istanbul. From the airport it is fairly easy to rent a car or take a shuttle to the city center.
Genoa can be easy travelled to by train from Milan, Turin, Rome, Tuscany and France, there is a direct train connecting with Nice and Marseille. There are two main train stations in Genoa, Brignole and Principe. Brignole serves most local routes and provides access to many bus lines.
Locals will say driving around the city is somewhat faster than public transportation, but once you have reached your destination you will have a problemt finding a parking spot.
All attractions within the center are in walking distance or well served by public transportation, therefore a car is of no use at all.
What to see
The Aquarium - The biggest in Europe! (Oceanografic in Valencia is an oceanarium)
The Sea Museum and the Naval Museum
Museum of Modern Art - Wolfson
Museum of Modern Art - Villa Croc
Museums of Fine Arts - Strada Nuova - Palazzo Bianco (White Palace) and Palazzo Rosso (Red Palace)
Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art - The biggest European collection of oriental art.
Doria Museum of Natural History
The Cathedral Museum
Museum of St. Augustine - A convent displaying various medieval works of art.
Ligurian Archeological Museum
Luxoro Museum - A private collection which houses various works of art and furniture.
Raccolte Frugone - The Nervi's former private art collection.
Wolfsoniana - A museum of modern applied arts.
Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) - Owns a historical picture gallery.
National Ligurian Gallery at the Spinola Palace
Museum of the Ligurian Art Academy
Museum at the Prince's Palace Another Genovese historical art collection.
Ippolito National Ligurian Museum
The Cathedral of San Lorenzo
The palazzi dei rolli present on World Heritage List of UNESCO
The historical centre:
Santa Maria di Castello, the cloister of the domenican order, the museum and the summer cathedral offer a lot of treasures and exploring them is free during the opening hours of the church
Genoa is known to have Europe’s biggest historical center. This is the heart of the old city. It’s made up of an incredible amount of tiny streets and alleys called Caruggi. Walking through it will plump you right back in ancient times when Genoa was the most important harbor of the Mediterranean sea.
The natal house of Cristoforo Colombo. In piazza Dante you will find what is said to be the natal house of Columbus;
The impressive fortification belt built on the hills surrounding the city, originating in the 16th Century;
There is a funicular railway servicing Monte Righi, where one can have pleasant walks on the surrounding hills and to the fortifications (see above), or just admire the spectacular view of the city and the Mediterranean Sea.
Spianata Castelletto is a nice belvedere where one can have a pleasant view of the city and of the seaport. It can be reached by public lift from Piazza della Nunziata or on foot from that very same square.
There are plenty of things to do in Genoa. A lot of young kids spend their time playing with their friends in public pools and share ice-creams in the summer time. There are a lot of paintings in the town and on the brick floors which a lot of people admire. Fishing for catfish is also a hobby most people have.