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Genoa

With its atmospheric historic centre and revamped harbour, the port town of Genoa is the perfect destination if you’re looking for an authentic slice of real Italy.

Renowned for being the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, Genoa is in the Liguria holiday region of Italy's northwest coast, known as the Italian Riviera.

Get lost in the winding backstreets of Genoa's UNESCO-listed historic centre, one of the largest of its kind in Europe. Soak up the history while strolling through the cobbled alleyways and handsome piazzas dotted with pavement cafes, antique shops, taverns and restaurants.

Art lovers should take a stroll down grand boulevard, Via Garibaldi, where you'll find a trio of opulent palaces loaded with paintings by old masters, including Caravaggio and Van Dyck.

Popular with families on holiday is the Porto Antico, a vibrant old port alive with restaurants, shops, art galleries and museums. After being in a state of decay for years, the port was given a makeover in 1992 by Genoa-born architect Renzo Piano, who designed The Shard in London.

The port's star attraction is the Aquarium of Genoa, where you can see dolphins, sharks, penguins and more. Learn more about Genoa's seafaring history and Columbus at the Galata Maritime Museum, home to a real submarine and plenty of interactive exhibits.

During your holiday in Genoa, enjoy views of the city from the Bigo Lift, a panoramic elevator in the old port. The rotating cabin of this former crane offers 360-degree views from high above the ground. Alternatively, take a ride up to Spianata Castelletto in an Art Nouveau lift at Piazza del Portello for sweeping views of the old town's lavish villas and Baroque domes.

Whatever your holiday budget, you're guaranteed to eat well in Genoa. The city's most famous street food is focaccia deliciously topped with cheese, onions or olives, and you can pick it up in one of the old town's many bakeries. You’ll also have a considerable choice of fine-dining restaurants in the historic centre and near the harbour.

Genoa is also a great base for a holiday exploring the nearby village treasures of the Cinque Terre and the luxury resort of Portofino, a haven for film stars and jet-setters.


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Novotel Genova City

Novotel Genova City

Via Antonio Cantore 8, Genoa
3.7
of 5, from 302 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Novotel Genova City is located 700 meters from the cruise terminal. The Cristoforo Colombo Airport is 6 km away. The Old Port, Genoa Aquarium and Piazza de Ferrari are only a 10-minute drive from the hotel.

£110
Grand Hotel Savoia

Grand Hotel Savoia

Via Arsenale Di Terra, 5, Genoa
4.5
of 5, from 394 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Genoa hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Christopher Columbus Monument and Galata Maritime Museum. Palazzo di San Giorgio and White Palace are also within 15 minutes.

£104
Bristol Palace Hotel

Bristol Palace Hotel

Via XX Settembre 35, Genoa
4.3
of 5, from 293 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Surrounded by stylish shops, this hotel is on Via XX Settembre, Genoa's picturesque main street. The Ducal Palace is a 2-minute walk, and the Medieval Gates and Teatro Carlo Felice are within a 5-minute walk.

£76
Best Western Hotel Porto Antico

Best Western Hotel Porto Antico

Via al Ponte Calvi, 5, Genoa
4.2
of 5, from 99 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Genoa Historical Centre, this hotel is steps from Palazzo di San Giorgio and National Ligurian Gallery at the Spinola Palace. Old Port and White Palace are also within 5 minutes.

£89
Starhotels President

Starhotels President

Corte Dei Lambruschini 4, Genoa
4.0
of 5, from 213 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Starhotels President stands in the Corte Lambruschini Business Center opposite the Genoa Brignole train station and 500 meters from the Doria Museum of Natural History.

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