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With charming personal service and stylish decor, Genoa’s boutique hotels are great places to stay. With an intimate feel, many boutique pads have fewer rooms than larger chain hotels. Decorated with the design-conscious guest in mind, each individual room has a unique flair, ranging from the plush to the zany.
Genoa’s boutique hotels also usually offer something extra special, maybe a top-notch breakfast or period furniture. If you want a stay in Genoa to remember for all the right reasons, book a room in a boutique hotel.
Take in some art on a stroll down the UNESCO-listed Via Garibaldi, home to three opulent palaces turned art galleries: Palazzo Bianco, Palazzo Rosso and Palazzo Tursi. The palaces are loaded with spectacular paintings by major artists, including Caravaggio, Titian and Van Dyck.
After an art-focused few hours, get lost in the winding streets and piazzas of Genoa’s atmospheric historic quarter, stopping off at its cosy bars and restaurants, churches, bakeries and open-air cafes.
Genoa’s harbour, Porto Antico, is home to most of the city's major attractions, along with a number of bars and restaurants. For knockout views of the city, head up The Bigo Lift, a panoramic elevator. Other must-sees are the huge Aquarium of Genoa and the maritime museum with its real submarine.
The Art Nouveau boulevard Via XX Settembre offers an excellent mix of high-street fashion and designer brands, as well as many shoe shops. Nearby, you'll also find upscale Italian department store, La Rinascente.
Genoa is famous for its brilliantly-green pesto, its crispy focaccia bread and its fresh seafood. The best place to enjoy focaccia is in the bakeries in the historic city centre, where you'll find the bread topped with cheese or onions.
For fine dining, head to one of Porto Antico's swish waterfront restaurants or a characterful, historical restaurant in the old quarter. Then head back to your boutique hotel to restore yourself for another day exploring Genoa.