About the seaside resort of Genoa
Genoa is one of the most picturesque places in Italy. It is located in the heart of Liguria and has long been loved by European tourists. Wonderfully mild climate, clear azure sea, palaces hidden in the shady alleys of the winding streets, luxurious paintings and gilding of the Renaissance – if you come here once, you will fall in love forever.
Any illnesses pass quicker under the Italian sun, as the locals like to say. It really is a paradise for beach lovers: clean sandy beaches, transparent Ligurian sea, well-developed infrastructure – playgrounds, showers, numerous cafes.
The beaches in Genoa are small, one after the other, most of them belong to the city and are open for free use:
Boccadasse is a municipal beach. Holidaymakers can freely use sunbeds and umbrellas, but there are no changing booths. The beach is sandy and has no great depth differences, so it is perfect for families with small children;
Bagni Vittoria is a sports beach. There are many free volleyball courts and equipment rentals. At Bagni Vittoria mostly young people gather, it’s usually noisy and very lively – you can forget about a book and a quiet relaxation. The entrance to the sea is sandy and pebbly;
Albaro is a city beach. For sun beds and umbrellas you’ll have to pay extra – from 8 to 10 euros a day. The coast is crowded, the entrance to the sea can be uncomfortable for small children;
Kvarto – beaches with calm sea. Quarto is located outside Genoa – about 10 minutes by car or public transport. Beaches here are paid, pebbly and very comfortable. Changing rooms, playgrounds, toilets, showers, umbrellas and sun loungers are included in the fee. The number of visitors is limited, so there is never a crowd and unnecessary noise.
Going to Italy exclusively for the sea coast – a real crime. After all, not for nothing, many scientists call this area the cradle of civilization – for the nondescript facades and narrow streets are hidden palaces and historical monuments.
When planning a vacation in Genoa, be sure to include in your excursion plan:
- Piazza Ferrari with its stunningly beautiful fountain and historic buildings around it;
- The Royal Palace, built in the 17th century;
- The façade and part of the interior, the remnants of the once magnificent Carlo Felice theater;
- Palazzo Palazzo dei Rolli – a major architectural and historical complex of Genoa, including numerous museums, monuments and art galleries;
- Palazzo Bianco – a 16th-century palace;
- Palazzo Rossa – a 19th-century palace, now listed as a historical heritage site by UNESCO;
- Palazzo Ducale – the castle of the royal family;
- San Lorenzo Cathedral, a twelfth-century structure of high historical and religious value. It keeps the dish on which, according to the legend, Salome was presented with the head of John the Baptist and his ashes.
If historical artifacts and paintings of the great masters do not appeal to you, and the frescoes and architecture of the Renaissance evoke boredom, then pay attention to the modern entertainment complexes of Genoa. They will find something to surprise you.
While in Genoa, be sure to visit:
- Il Bigo Panoramic Elevator. It is an amazing attraction that takes you up to the height of a bird’s flight;
- At the Aquarium. With 3,000 square meters, daily shows, more than 70 pools and almost countless sea creatures, it’s the perfect place for a family vacation;
- The Botanical Garden Biosphere. Real tropics with vines, iguanas, butterflies and even piranhas under a huge glass dome;
- Corso Italia waterfront. Street gyms, nightclubs, cafes, incredible views of the coast – head to Corso in the late afternoon and get a taste of youthful Italy.
If you’ve always eaten pasta and pizza in Italy, Genoa may pleasantly surprise you with very different national dishes:
- Farinata. A traditional Genoese flatbread made from chickpea flour. Local families have been passing it on by word of mouth for 8 centuries;
- Pasqualina. A delicate, melt-in-your-mouth unsweetened pie with eggs and herbs. It originated in Liguria and for a long time was made exclusively for Easter, but times have changed and today you can taste pascualina in any local café;
- Pancake pasta pastaroli. Served with traditional Italian pesto. Nourishing, flavorful, and very fresh;
- Minestrone. Italian soup made of seasonal vegetables you never know what exactly local culinary gurus will mix into it, but at the same time the soup is always thick, very rich and spicy
Genoa, with its rocky coastline and lush vegetation, is difficult to compete with Tuscany in terms of vineyards, but it also has its own wine production.
The soil in the area of Liguria has a unique composition, which gives the grapes a special flavor. They go best with seafood and local dishes.
Genoa’s calling card is the young red wine from Cillegiolo berries and the white wine Passito, which is made from the hopped grapes. Be sure to try both.
How to get there
Genoa has its own international airport named after Christopher Columbus. The distance from the transportation center to the city center is 7 km. The best way to get there is to take a transfer from Elite Royal Cars. A comfortable air-conditioned car will take you to the hotel in a few minutes, and you can immediately plunge into the hustle and bustle of Italian life.