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Also known as Genoa Airport, Cristoforo Colombo Airport is an international airport four miles west of the city of Genoa. Named after local navigator Christopher Columbus, the airport operates direct flights to more than 20 major destinations across Europe, including the UK.
As the airport's runway is parallel to the coast, you can enjoy great views of the sea during take-off and landing. Try to sit on the right-hand side of the plane to enjoy the best view of the coast. The airport is quite small but it has shops, restaurants, free WiFi and meeting rooms.
There are plenty of places to stay that are within easy reach of Genoa Airport. Check out internationally recognised luxury hotels minutes from the airport and midrange Holiday Inn and Novotel in Sampierdarena in east Genoa. There are hotels for all budgets in Pre, near the ferry terminal before you get to the boutique hotels and historic properties in Genoa centre, a 15-minute drive away.
Genoa Airport is just a short drive from the city's major sightseeing attractions. The Porto Antico (Old Port) is just a 20-minute drive from the airport and is home to many of Genoa’s family-friendly attractions, including the Aquarium of Genoa, the maritime museum and the The Bigo Lift, a panoramic elevator which offers sweeping panoramas of the city and the coast. The perfect spot for a relaxing stroll, the Old Port area also has a good selection of waterfront restaurants, trendy bars and art galleries, all housed in former warehouses.
Also close to Cristoforo Colombo airport is the city's main square, Piazza De Ferrari, between Genoa's atmospheric old town and its modern centre. Leading off this main square are the winding cobbled alleyways that make up Genoa's well-preserved Medieval quarter.
Find bars and antique shops as well as the Medieval gate, Porto Soprana, and the black-and-white-striped San Lorenzo Cathedral in the historic centre, all easy to get to from Cristoforo Colombo Airport.