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Genoa at a Glance

Fascinating, historical and gritty, Genoa shows its treasures to those who are willing to dig a bit deeper. Scattered throughout its famously damp and maze-like alleyways are stunning reminders of this former medieval trading power's immense wealth. Opulent palaces, soaring churches and precious Renaissance artwork are reminders of the money and the power Genoa received from its seafaring past.

Modern Genoa is a mixture of old and new. Airy contemporary neighborhoods cling to the hillsides along the coast, while the medieval city below squeezes humanity through irregular passageways under laundry, past brothels, through old churches and down to the now revived port.

Newly arrived treasures such as the Aquarium of Genoa dress up the old, gritty port. Along the old city's northern edge you'll find the opulent homes of Genoa's Renaissance importers, traders and wealthy. 



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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Italy if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. For more information, visit an Italian Consulate's office. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Railroad Genova Piazza Principe Railway Station
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Genoa has a warm climate with hot, summers and wet, warm winters. During the winter, wind can be quite strong and the city usually receives one insignificant dusting of snow each winter. 

      Safety Concerns Watch out for the pickpockets who frequent Genoa's tourist attractions. Protect your belongings, and never leave them unattended. Genoa's narrow alleys around the train station and in other areas are best avoided by tourists at all times of day. 

      Health Concerns Genoa has good drinking water and a good public health record. Stay healthy by practicing good personal hygiene. Use caution on public beaches as an undertow is present and slippery rocks can be dangerous.