Genoa

Travel Guide
The Bigo Lift

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.

Where to stay in Genoa

Bristol Palace Hotel
Bristol Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
Via XX Settembre 35, Genoa, GE
The price is £100 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Located in Genoa Historical Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Piazza de Ferrari, Aquarium of Genoa and Old Port. Port of Genoa Cruise Ship Terminal ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (963 reviews)
"The hotel is centrally located in Genova very close to the De Ferrari Plaza and metro station. The facilities are first class with an amazing floating staircase. Rooms are clean and well appointed, can be a little noisy at night since the adjacent streets are busy. Overall an excellent experience ..."

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2021

Bristol Palace Hotel
Melia Genova
Melia Genova
5 out of 5
Via Corsica, 4, Genoa, GE
The price is £105 per night from 11 Feb to 12 Feb
Located in Carignano, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palazzo Ducale, Palazzo San Giorgio and Fiera di Genova. Aquarium of Genoa and Congress Center ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (663 reviews)
Ko
"Excellent hotel and location. Get out of hotel turn right go straight and take the stairs down to piazza De Ferrari. The only thing good that was average was tye breakfast. Rooms are great!! Great mattress and pillows."

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2021

Melia Genova
Grand Hotel Savoia
Grand Hotel Savoia
5 out of 5
Via Arsenale Di Terra, 5, Genoa, GE
The price is £108 per night from 10 Feb to 11 Feb
This family-friendly Genoa hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Piazza Principe, Aquarium of Genoa and Port of Genoa Cruise Ship Terminal. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (975 reviews)
Truly a grand hotel
"The Grand Hotel Savoia is truly grand. Very nicely furnished room, excellent breakfast buffet, a bar in a spectacular setting, and a very nice spa (watch out, not included in all hotel categories). The view from the roof (with two jacuzzis) is also excellent, as are the two restaurants."

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2021

Grand Hotel Savoia
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Acquario Genova Suite
Acquario Genova Suite
Calata Andalò di Negro 3, Genoa
The price is £107 per night from 14 Feb to 15 Feb
Located in the heart of Genoa, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Aquarium of Genoa, Old Port and Palazzo Rosso. Genoa Port Center and Palazzo ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (13 reviews)
Nice little gem in the city
"Great apartment located close to the old port of Genoa. Nice, clean and very spacious. Nice balcony with great views of the city and the port, and within walking distance of the same. Super friendly and very helpful staff. I would definitely stay here next time in Genoa"

Reviewed on 30 Apr 2018

Acquario Genova Suite
XXV Aprile by Wonderful Italy
XXV Aprile by Wonderful Italy
Via XXV Aprile, 8, Genoa
The price is £127 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan
Located in Genoa Historical Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Teatro Carlo Felice, Aquarium of Genoa and Old Port. Port of Genoa ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"High recommend this unit for multi days travel. It’s in the city center, very convenient. The apartment is very clean and roomy."

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2021

XXV Aprile by Wonderful Italy
Altido via Romana di Quarto
Altido via Romana di Quarto
via Romana di Quarto 90, Genoa
Located in Quarto dei Mille, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Gaslini Hospital and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from San Martino Polyclinic Hospital. Port ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"Très bel appartement, bien aménagé. Non loin de commerces. Seul bémol, le stationnement du véhicule, assez difficile."

Reviewed on 24 Apr 2019

Altido via Romana di Quarto
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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