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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 (1,071 reviews)

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

£101
Melia Genova
Melia Genova

Via Corsica, 4, Genoa 16128

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4.6 out of 5 (399 reviews)

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

£114
Hotel Genziana
Hotel Genziana

Vico delle Mele 7, Genoa 16123

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3.4 out of 5 (78 reviews)

Located in Porto Antico, this hotel is steps from San Pietro in Banchi, National Ligurian Gallery at the Spinola Palace, an …

£34
La Piazzetta B&B
La Piazzetta B&B

Salita San Matteo 19/5, Genoa 16123

Located in Porto Antico, this bed & breakfast is steps from Piazza San Matteo, Palazzo Ducale, and Cattedrale di San Lorenzo. …

£61
Olympia Hotel
Olympia Hotel

Via XX Settembre 21, Genoa 16121

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4.1 out of 5 (117 reviews)

Situated in Genoa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Colombo, Piazza de Ferrari, and Medieval Gates. Palazzo …

£39
Piccapietra Apartment
Piccapietra Apartment

Piazza Piccapietra 73 Int. 36, Genoa

Located in Porto Antico, this apartment is steps from Palazzo Orsini and Piazza de Ferrari. Palazzo Ducale and Medieval Gates …

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Hotel Cairoli
Hotel Cairoli

Via Cairoli, 14/4, Genoa 16124

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4 out of 5 (61 reviews)

This family-friendly Genoa hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Museo del Risorgimento Istituto …

£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 …

£73
Casa Acquario Oceano
Casa Acquario Oceano

Via San Giacomo 20D, Genoa 16128

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

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Hotel Acquario
Hotel Acquario

Vico San Pancrazio 9, Genoa 16124

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2.8 out of 5 (70 reviews)

Located in Porto Antico, this hotel is steps from Museo del Risorgimento Istituto Mazziniano, National Ligurian Gallery at th …

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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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