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Grand Hotel Savoia
Grand Hotel Savoia

Via Arsenale Di Terra, 5, Genoa 16126

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 …

£83
Hotel Continental Genova
Hotel Continental Genova

Via Arsenale di Terra 1, Genoa 16126

4.0 out of 5.0

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

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NH Collection Genova Marina
NH Collection Genova Marina

Molo Ponte Calvi, 5, Genoa 16124

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Porto Antico, this hotel is steps from Chiesa di San Martino, Aquarium of Genoa, and The Bigo Lift. Old Port and …

£96
Starhotels President
Starhotels President

Corte Dei Lambruschini 4, Genoa 16129

4.0 out of 5.0

This hotel is stands in the Corte Lambruschini Business Center opposite the Genoa Brignole train stationand .5 km (.3 mi) fro …

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NH Genova Centro
NH Genova Centro

Via Martin Piaggio, 11, Genoa 16122

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Porto Antico, this hotel is steps from Museo d'Arte Orientale Edoardo Chiossone and Chiossone Museum of Oriental …

£75
Vittoria Rooms
Vittoria Rooms

Piazza della Vittoria, 11/9, Genoa 16121

Located in the heart of Genoa, this townhouse accommodation is within a 15-minute walk of Museo Civico di Storia Naturale d …

£46
Bristol Palace Hotel
Bristol Palace Hotel

Via XX Settembre 35, Genoa 16121

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 …

£90
Tower Genova Airport Hotel & Conference Center
Tower Genova Airport Hotel & Conference Center

Via Pionieri ed Aviatori d'Italia 44, Genoa 16154

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Sestri Ponente, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Fiumara Shopping & Fun and 3 mi (4.8 km) from La Lanterna. 10 …

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Best Western Hotel Porto Antico
Best Western Hotel Porto Antico

Via al Ponte Calvi, 5, Genoa 16124

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Porto Antico, this hotel is steps from Chiesa di San Martino, Palazzo di San Giorgio, and National Ligurian Galler …

£63
Novotel Genova City
Novotel Genova City

Via Antonio Cantore 8, Genoa 16126

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 …

£63
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Pocket Guide: Porto Antico La Lanterna Hotels

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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