Discover history, culture and dazzling Mediterranean scenery in the Province of Genoa. As the largest seaport in Italy, Genoa combines a proud industrial heritage with a passion for art, food and fashion. The port district has been revamped with trendy bars, cafes and trattorias. The Old City has a similar feel, with boutiques and restaurants housed in the historic buildings.
Things to do in Genoa
The Old City is a labyrinth of narrow streets, alleys and arcades. A pair of ancient city gates guard the entrance to this enchanting district, which houses a mix of residential homes and upscale boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Bustling Mercato Orientale opened in the 1800s and will tempt you with organic produce, fresh pasta, cured meats, artisan cheeses and more.
Palazzi dei Rolli is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and encompasses multiple urban palaces built by wealthy families. Palazzo Reale is one of the most beautiful, with lavishly decorated rooms and terraced gardens. Don’t miss the dazzling Hall of Mirrors.
Admire works by masters like Rubens and Van Dyck at Palazzo Bianco. The palace is part of the Musei di Strada Nuova complex and houses a museum showcasing works by Italian, Spanish and Flemish artists. Highlights include early Renaissance paintings by Filippino Lippi and Baroque works by Murillo.
Boccadasse stretches along the Mediterranean and is dotted with beautiful Italianate villas. Join locals for a “passeggiata” afternoon stroll along the promenade or walk along the pebble beach. Small bars and cafes will tempt you with refreshing Aperol spritzes and plates of grilled calamari. You’ll also see people strolling by with colourful scoops of gelato.
Getting around Genoa
Parts of Province of Genoa are pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot, including the Old City. Local buses are a fast and easy way to cover longer distances. Genoa City Airport is a 20-minute drive from the city centre, while trains run between Milan and Genoa in under two hours.