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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 (901 reviews)

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

£110
Grand Hotel Savoia

Grand Hotel Savoia

Via Arsenale Di Terra, 5, Genoa 16126

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4.5 out of 5 (1,098 reviews)

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

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Hotel Continental Genova

Hotel Continental Genova

Via Arsenale di Terra 1, Genoa 16126

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4.4 out of 5 (708 reviews)

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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Best Western Hotel Metropoli

Best Western Hotel Metropoli

P.zza Fontane Marose, Genoa 16123

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4.3 out of 5 (259 reviews)

Located in the heart of Genoa, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palazzo Rosso and White Palace. Palazzo Ducale and …

£87
Best Western Hotel Moderno Verdi

Best Western Hotel Moderno Verdi

Piazza Giuseppe Verdi 5, Genoa 16121

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4 out of 5 (373 reviews)

Located in the heart of Genoa, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Piazza Colombo, Piazza de Ferrari, and Chiossone …

£71
Valeria Apartment

Valeria Apartment

Via San Giovanni Bosco, Genoa 16151

Situated in Genoa, this guesthouse is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Fiumara Shopping & Fun and within 3 mi (5 km) of Galata Maritime …

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Tower Genova Airport Hotel & Conference Center

Tower Genova Airport Hotel & Conference Center

Via Pionieri ed Aviatori d'Italia 44, Genoa 16154

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3.9 out of 5 (222 reviews)

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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NH Genova Centro

NH Genova Centro

Via Martin Piaggio, 11, Genoa 16122

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4 out of 5 (357 reviews)

Located in the heart of Genoa, this hotel is steps from Parco della Villetta Di Negro and Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art. …

£79
Starhotels President

Starhotels President

Corte Dei Lambruschini 4, Genoa 16129

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4.1 out of 5 (683 reviews)

Starhotels President stands in the Corte Lambruschini Business Center opposite the Genoa Brignole train station and 500 meter …

£82
Mercure Genova San Biagio

Mercure Genova San Biagio

Via Romairone, 14, Genoa 16163

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4.2 out of 5 (555 reviews)

Situated in Genoa, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Villa Brignole Sale Duchessa di Galliera, Fiumara Shopping & Fun, and …

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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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