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Genoa City Breaks

Sleepy seaside swagger

Genoa may be somewhat sleepy, but it's the stuff sweet dreams are made of. Sitting pretty on the Italian Riviera, the city's tiers of terracotta coloured houses hover over the clear blue sea and shine in the year-round sunshine. Take a holiday in Genoa City and you'll discover sweeping panoramic views, chic beaches and mouth-watering Italian food. Ancient Genoa has a proud history that stretches back to the medieval times. Once the seat of a great maritime empire, its wealth bestowed it with the architecture usually reserved for a much bigger city and earned it a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage list of protected sites. If you needed any further convincing, it is also the home of pesto and boasts some of the most incredible pesto dishes in the country. A dream destination just waiting to come true.

Your Genoa City questions, answered

You'll be able to walk between many of Genoa's best attractions but there's also a metro system and a bus service to help you get around the city.
Try the totani stuffed squid, ciuppin fish soup, salted cod, anything with pesto and a pacciugo ice cream sundae.
Make your way to Galleria Mazzini Street for a vast selection of shops with large sales several times a year.

Best things to do in Genoa City

Walk down Via Garibaldi

The 16th century Strada Nuova, as it's also known, is chock full of museums and palaces that were once the homes of Genoa's richest families.

Take in a panoramic view

Ride up the Bigo Elevator for a 40 metre high and 360 degree vista over the whole of the town and the old harbour.

See San Lorenzo Cathedral

You'll find this 14th century cathedral near Piazza de Ferrari and the Palazzo Ducale. Inside, you can see ancient Roman ruins and pre-Christian sarcophagi.