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Bristol Palace Hotel

Bristol Palace Hotel

Via XX Settembre 35, Genoa
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 55 minutes ago
4.5 out of 5 (1,018 reviews)

Located in Genoa Historical Centre, this hotel is steps away from Museum of the Ligurian Art Academy, Piazza de Ferrari and Medieval Gates. Palazzo Ducale and ...

£87

£87
Grand Hotel Savoia

Grand Hotel Savoia

Via Arsenale Di Terra, 5, Genoa
5.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 days ago
4 others viewing this property now
4.5 out of 5 (1,195 reviews)

This family-friendly Genoa hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Christopher Columbus Monument and Galata Maritime Museum. Palazzo di ...

£93

£93
Hotel Continental Genova

Hotel Continental Genova

Via Arsenale di Terra 1, Genoa
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 3 days ago
4.4 out of 5 (789 reviews)

Located in the heart of Genoa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Christopher Columbus Monument and Galata Maritime Museum. Palazzo di San Giorgio and ...

£77

£77
Best Western Hotel Metropoli

Best Western Hotel Metropoli

P.zza Fontane Marose, Genoa
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 3 days ago
1 others viewing this property now
4.3 out of 5 (299 reviews)

Located in Genoa Historical Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palazzo Rosso and White Palace. Palazzo Ducale and National Ligurian Gallery at the ...

£71

£71
Starhotels President

Starhotels President

Corte Dei Lambruschini 4, Genoa
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 4 hours ago
1 others viewing this property now
4.1 out of 5 (774 reviews)

This family-friendly Genoa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Piazza Colombo, Piazza de Ferrari and Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art. Medieval Gates and Palazzo ...

£72

£72
Hintown Casaregis

Hintown Casaregis

Via Casaregis 11, Genoa
5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Situated in Genoa, this apartment is within 2 miles (3 km) of Fiera di Genova, Medieval Gates and Piazza de Ferrari. Torre degli Embriaci and Santa Maria di ...

£40

£40
Best Western Hotel Moderno Verdi

Best Western Hotel Moderno Verdi

Piazza Giuseppe Verdi 5, Genoa
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 22 hours ago
1 others viewing this property now
4.0 out of 5 (420 reviews)

Located in the heart of Genoa, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Piazza Colombo, Piazza de Ferrari and Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art. Medieval Gates ...

£58

£58
Tower Genova Airport Hotel & Conference Center

Tower Genova Airport Hotel & Conference Center

Via Pionieri ed Aviatori d'Italia 44, Genoa
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 20 hours ago
2 others viewing this property now
4.0 out of 5 (247 reviews)

Located in Sestri Ponente, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Marina Genova and 3 mi (4.8 km) from La Lanterna. Fiumara Shopping & Fun and 105 Stadium are also ...

£75

£75
NH Collection Genova Marina

NH Collection Genova Marina

Molo Ponte Calvi, 5, Genoa
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 days ago
1 others viewing this property now
4.4 out of 5 (571 reviews)

Located in the heart of Genoa, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Spianata Castelletto.

£96

£96
Hotel Le Nuvole - Residenza d'Epoca

Hotel Le Nuvole - Residenza d'Epoca

Piazza delle Vigne, 6, Genoa
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 16 hours ago
1 others viewing this property now
4.7 out of 5 (46 reviews)

Located in Genoa Historical Centre, this hotel is steps away from Loggia dei Mercanti o di Banchi, National Ligurian Gallery at the Spinola Palace and Palazzo ...

£70

£70

Pocket Guide: Medieval Gates 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.