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If you're planning a trip to Genoa from the UK, the nearest airport is Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport, which is just four miles from the city centre, making it an ideal destination for a short break. There are regular flights from the UK to Cristoforo Colombo Airport from national and regional airports with airlines to suit all budgets.
Genoa has balmy summers with temperatures hovering between 25 and 28 degrees Centigrade. From June to October, the sea is a pleasant 19 degrees. And while Genoa's peak season is from May to September, many restaurants close for the entire month of August. The best time to go sightseeing is in spring and autumn when the weather is sunny, but not too hot.
In winter, Genoa enjoys around four hours of sunshine every day and there are fewer tourists than during the summer months. It's a great time to explore the Genoa’s palaces and museums, and you can also benefit from low room rates and cheap flights. November and February are Genoa’s wettest months, and the cheapest time to fly.
Visit the historic port town of Genoa for a taste of authentic Italy. With a rich history, Genoa’s atmospheric old town is one of the largest in Europe, with cobbled alleyways and grand piazzas, dotted with antique shops, taverns and bakeries. Take time to visit the opulent palaces, crammed with paintings by old masters. Or if history is more your thing, check out the La Lanterna lighthouse and the beautifully-preserved Medieval gate, Porta Soprana.
Enjoy a stroll around Genoa’s revamped Old Port, which is full of nautical attractions, including Italy's largest aquarium and the Galata Maritime Museum, home to a real submarine and a section dedicated to Genoa-born explorer Christopher Columbus.
Perfect for kids is the Neptune, a replica of a 17th-century Spanish galleon that was built for Roman Polanski's film Pirates. The harbour is also a great place to go for waterfront restaurants and gelato cafes.
A top destination for foodies, the harbour’s excellent restaurants serve up fresh seafood and pasta dishes topped with brilliantly-green pesto sauce, which Genoa is famous for. The city's most popular street food is golden and crispy focaccia bread, lovingly topped with cheese, olives or tomatoes.
Genoa is just a 15-minute drive from the airport. For your flight, travel to and from Genoa airport by taking a shuttle bus, train, taxi or limousine. Alternatively, rent a car for less to give you the freedom to explore the villages of the Cinque Terre, and the Italian Riviera, or getting to the resorts of Cervo, Alassio, San Remo and Finale Ligure.
Genoa has s good selection of accommodation options, from cheap B&Bs to boutique hotels, historic hotels to luxury spa resorts, all easy to get to from the airport.