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Bristol Palace Hotel
Bristol Palace Hotel

Via XX Settembre 35, Genoa 16121

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4.4 out of 5 (840 reviews)

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

£93
Best Western Hotel Porto Antico
Best Western Hotel Porto Antico

Via al Ponte Calvi, 5, Genoa 16124

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4.2 out of 5 (257 reviews)

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

£62
Hotel Nologo
Hotel Nologo

Viale Sauli 5, Genoa 16121

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4.2 out of 5 (311 reviews)

Located in the heart of Genoa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Colombo and Piazza de Ferrari. Chiossone Museu …

£40
Hotel Major Genova
Hotel Major Genova

Vico Spada 4, Genoa 16123

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3.8 out of 5 (102 reviews)

Located in Porto Antico, this hotel is steps from Bagni Lido and Palazzo Rosso. White Palace and Palazzo Ducale are also …

£37
CIT Hotels Britannia
CIT Hotels Britannia

Via Balbi 38, Genoa 16126

3.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (871 reviews)

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

£58
Hotel Helvetia
Hotel Helvetia

Piazza Della Nunziata 1, Genoa 16124

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3.9 out of 5 (128 reviews)

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

£47
Soana City Rooms
Soana City Rooms

Via XX Settembre 23/7, Genoa 16121

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4.1 out of 5 (91 reviews)

Located in the heart of Genoa, this townhouse accommodation is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Colombo, Piazza de Ferrari …

£51
Clarion Collection Hotel Astoria Genova
Clarion Collection Hotel Astoria Genova

Piazza Brignole 4, Genoa 16122

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3.9 out of 5 (104 reviews)

Located in the heart of Genoa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Colombo and Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art …

£70
Morali Palace
Morali Palace

Piazza Della Raibetta 2 29, Genoa 16123

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (23 reviews)

Located in Porto Antico, this bed & breakfast is steps from Palazzo San Giorgio, Old Port, and Cattedrale di San Lorenzo. …

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Hotel Ricci
Hotel Ricci

Piazza Colombo 4-8, Genoa 16121

2.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (28 reviews)

Situated in Genoa, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Piazza Colombo, Piazza de Ferrari, and Medieval Gates. Chiosson …

£60
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Pocket Guide: Porto Antico Medieval Gates Hotels

Stay near Genoa’s Medieval Gates (Porta Soprana)

Thanks to its rich and long history, Genoa has more ancient walls than any other Italian city. Surrounding the cobbled alleyways of the city's atmospheric old town, Genoa’s defensive walls originally had three gates with high semi-circular towers, two of which survive today: Porta dei Vacca and, the most famous, Porta Soprana.

Built in 1155, Porta Soprana was part of a ring of walls constructed to defend the city from attack by Emperor Frederick I, also known as Barbarossa. The well-preserved Medieval gate is now one of Genoa's major landmarks, with its distinctive pair of majestic towers.

If you want to explore Genoa like a local, stay near Porta Soprana and the historic centre, alive with hip bars, shops and pavement cafes. From high-end spa hotels to budget-friendly B&Bs, there are plenty of places to stay just steps away from Porta Soprana on Via XX Settembre and in Maddelena .

History of Genoa's Ancient Walls

Genoa's first-ever city walls and fortifications along the coast were erected in the 9th century. These walls had three gates, including one near the site of the future Porta Soprana. A settlement of around 22 hectares was contained within these walls, but there were still many smaller settlements outside the walls. In 1155, the wall expanded to draw in the other settlements, protecting an area of 55 hectares. The grand Porta Soprana gate marked the highest point of the walls with its lofty position on St Andrew Hill.

Over the next few hundred years, the walls were reinforced and extended several times to fortify the city. During the French Revolution, the guillotine was kept at Porta Soprana and one of the hangmen used to live at the top of one of the towers. Sadly, the third gate, part of the Porta Aurea, was torn down in the 18th century, and the rest was destroyed towards the end of the 20th century.

Visiting the Medieval Gates (Porta Soprana)

Today, you can walk to the two towers of Porta Soprana, and you can either climb one or both to soak up views of historic and modern Genoa before returning to your hotel nearby.

Anyone with a passion for history should stay near this centrally-located historic gem.

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