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Genoa is a great place to base yourself if you're up for sightseeing and adventure sports. There is an impressive range of adventure-sport hotels to suit all budgets in Genoa and nearby in Arenzano.
Stay in an adventure-sport hotel to be within easy reach of the area's surf beaches, mountains and golf courses. Find a family-friendly hotel just paces away from the beach or book a spa hotel overlooking Genoa's bustling harbour.
Get your heart pumping in the seaside town of Arenzano, a haven for sporting enthusiasts. At Arenzano's picture-perfect beaches, you can enjoy boating, sailing, scuba diving and snorkelling. Away from the water, there are several golf courses and tennis courts. Arenzano is also close to the mountains, where you can go hiking and mountain biking.
There are more water-sport adventures just a few miles from Genoa city centre in Voltri, a popular windsurfing and kitesurfing spot.
And in Genoa itself, you can explore the city by bicycle or Segway, both of which are widely available to rent. Much of the city's historic quarter is made up of narrow winding alleyways inaccessible by car, so cycling is a good option if you'd prefer not to walk.
Once you've had your fill of action-packed activities, make a beeline for some of Genoa's star attractions. Porto Antico is home to the aquarium, the maritime museum and the Bigo Lift, a panoramic elevator. Porto Antico is also the place to go for open-air fine-dining restaurants, bars, gelato shops and art galleries.
For a dose of culture, head to Genoa’s UNESCO-listed historic centre, where you'll find a hive of bakeries serving delicious focaccia bread, cosy bars and restaurants, and antique shops.
Don't miss Via Garibaldi, a street of plush Renaissance palaces that are now art galleries. Palazzo Bianco, Palazzo Rosso and Palazzo Tursi are full of works by major painters, from Caravaggio and Van Dyck and are a great place to relax after a day of adventures.