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Grand Hotel Savoia
Grand Hotel Savoia

Via Arsenale Di Terra, 5, Genoa 16126

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4.5 out of 5 (1,074 reviews)

This family-friendly Genoa hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Christopher Columbus Monument and …

£95
Bristol Palace Hotel
Bristol Palace Hotel

Via XX Settembre 35, Genoa 16121

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4.4 out of 5 (860 reviews)

Surrounded by stylish shops, this hotel is on Via XX Settembre, Genoa's picturesque main street. The Ducal Palace is a 2 …

£90
Melia Genova
Melia Genova

Via Corsica, 4, Genoa 16128

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4.6 out of 5 (400 reviews)

Situated in Genoa, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Medieval Gates, …

£107
Hotel Nuovo Nord
Hotel Nuovo Nord

Via Balbi 155/r, Genoa 16126

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4 out of 5 (95 reviews)

Located in the heart of Genoa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Christopher Columbus Monument, Galata Maritime Museum …

£48
Domitilla Residence
Domitilla Residence

Via Pagano Doria 1/14B, Genoa 16126

Located in the heart of Genoa, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Villa del Principe and Galata Maritime Museum. …

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Hotel Vittoria & Orlandini
Hotel Vittoria & Orlandini

Via Balbi 33, Genoa 16126

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3.9 out of 5 (137 reviews)

Situated in Genoa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Christopher Columbus Monument and Galata Maritime Museum. Palazzo …

£46
Hotel Helvetia
Hotel Helvetia

Piazza Della Nunziata 1, Genoa 16124

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3.9 out of 5 (129 reviews)

Located in Porto Antico, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of University of Genoa, Strada Nuova Museums, and Genoa City …

£63
Albergo della Posta
Albergo della Posta

Via Balbi 24, Genoa 16100

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3.9 out of 5 (20 reviews)

Located in the heart of Genoa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Palace, Galata Maritime Museum, and Palazzo d …

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Hotel Armonia
Hotel Armonia

Via A. Gramsci 13, Genoa 16100

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2.3 out of 5 (20 reviews)

Located in Porto Antico, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of University of Genoa, Palazzo di San Giorgio, and Galata …

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Palazzo Cicala
Palazzo Cicala

Piazza San Lorenzo 16, Genoa 16123

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3.6 out of 5 (125 reviews)

Located in Porto Antico, this hotel is steps from Cattedrale di San Lorenzo and Palazzo Ducale. Torre degli Embriaci and Ol …

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Stay near La Lanterna

Genoa's old lighthouse, known as La Lanterna, is one of the city's major landmarks, having guided ships into its harbour for hundreds of years. Perched atop a hill near the Sampierdarena neighbourhood, the lighthouse is within easy reach of the city centre. When you visit, you can climb 172 steps to reach the lighthouse's first terrace, where you can look down on the port and Genoa’s historic centre.

You could book a mid-range hotel in Sampierdarena, or you could look for accommodation overlooking La Lanterna from the city centre. There are plenty of places to stay in Genoa all within walking distance of La Lanterna, including high-end hotels, cheap B&Bs and mid-range accommodation.

History of La Lanterna

The first lighthouse was built on this hilltop site in 1128 and burned dried wood until an olive-oil fuelled lamp replaced it in 1326. One of the lighthouse's most notable guardians was navigator Christopher Columbus' uncle, Antonio Colombo, who was listed as lighthouse keeper in 1449. The tower has been struck by lightning several times over the years, the most tragic occasion was in 1481 when one of its guardians was killed.

The original lighthouse was damaged by bombs during fighting with a French army in 1506. A new lighthouse was built in 1543 and this is the one you can see today. At almost 250 feet tall, it's the world's second tallest traditional lighthouse and the world's fifth tallest lighthouse. A Fresnel lens was installed in 1840, before being replaced by an electric light in 1913, and now fully automated since 1936 sailors can see it from is now visible from more than 30 miles away.

La Lanterna Museum

Next to the lighthouse is the Museo della Lanterna, which chronicles the history of the navigation in Genoa, as well as exploring the history of the city and the port. Crammed full of lamps, lenses and other lighthouse-related objects, the museum even houses a section of a Fresnel lens so you can see how it works.

Book a room in a hotel near La Lanterna to visit this must-see attraction and to be within walking distance of the picture-perfect old Genoa.

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