In this article I talk about the main aspects of travel to Genoa – about the language, visa, hotels, public transport and main attractions.
Independent travel to Genoa: visa, language, insurance
The language in Genoa is Italian. English is not very popular, except in hotels. In shops, cafes, if they speak English, then a little.
Visa to Genoa. Genoa is an Italian city, so an Italian or any other Schengen visa is suitable.
Insurance to Italy is required. Both for obtaining a visa, and for visiting the country. In Italy,
Currency is Euro.
How to get to Genoa
I recommend my article “How to buy cheap flights to Italy. Free tickets to Italy”
In details about flights to Genoa, as well as how to get to the city center, I wrote a separate article, “Genoa Airport. How to get to the center, to Port and other cities »
Hotels and apartments in Genoa: where to stay
I recommend reading my article “5 reliable services for booking accommodation”
There are many hotels and apartments in Genoa. If we look at city hotels, then most of them are concentrated in the port and train station Piazza Principe, in the Old Town there is a large selection of apartments. If you are interested in beach vacations, then you need to look for hotels in the suburbs of Genoa.
City hotels to explore the city
If you choose a hotel for walking around the city, then, in my opinion, it is better to choose the hotels near Piazza Principe, and not in the Old Town. The location near the station (in a negative sense) is not felt, at least if you do not walk late at night, and in the afternoon and evening everything is quite calm. On the other hand, the pluses: near the station, if you plan to travel in the region, metro station, port, Aquarium – all this is within walking distance. The city center is literally 15 minutes on foot. As for the Old Town, when choosing a hotel, I read a lot of reviews that the streets of the Old Town are full of prostitutes (they really are there) and faces, so to speak, of non-Italian appearance, including during the day. It seems like they are not aggressive, but if it bothers someone, it is better to settle in another place.
I will list the most popular city hotels in Genoa where travelers stay.
Grand Hotel Savoia (Hotel Grand Savoy Genoa) – a five-star hotel near the station, the hotel has a fitness and wellness center, as well as a good restaurant. Bucking Rating – 8.9
Hotel Continental Genova (Hotel Continental Genoa) – 4 * hotel, also located near Piazza Principe Station and Aquaverde Square, which overlooks the hotel. Bucking Rating 8.8
Hotel Vittoria (Hotel Victoria Genoa) 3 * – a family-run hotel 200 meters from the Principe train station. The hotel is decorated in a Genoese style. Bucking Rating – 8.3
Cit Hotel Britannia (hotel Britannia in Genoa) 3 * – hotel near the Aquarium, Palazzo Ducale, Royal Palace. Bucking Rating – 8.9
Hotel Bristol Palace (Hotel Bristol Genoa) 4 * – the hotel is located in a historical building, classic rooms with antique furniture. Located in the historic center near Piazza De Ferrari. Bucking Rating – 8.7
Hotel Melia Genova (Hotel Melia Genova) is a five-star luxury hotel, but slightly removed from the city center and port, to the Aquarium – about 15 minutes on foot, to the Port, probably 25-30 minutes. By the way, the prices are not so sky-high for a hotel of this class – about 157 € per day. Bucking Rating – 9.0
Genoa hotels for holidays
If you consider Genoa as a beach holiday destination, then be prepared for the fact that the hotel will not be in the city center, the beaches are located in the suburbs of Genoa, for example, Arenzano (20 km), Sori (14 km), Varazza (30 km), Rapallo (25 km). Or already consider the possibilities of relaxation in resort towns such as Santa Margarita Ligure or Portofino (there will be separate articles about them). Examples of hotels near the beach in Genoa:
Apartments in Genoa
If you want to rent an apartment in Genoa, you can do this through bookings, but there are a lot more options on Airbnb. There you can rent apartments for $ 50-70 per day (for this amount you can find apartments for 4-6 guests). Do not forget to take advantage of the discount on your first booking by registering at my link .
And also, since Genoa is a port city, here you can find interesting accommodation – boats, that is, apartments on boats. Prices for this exotic start at $ 58
Public transport in Genoa is represented by such modes of transport as the metro, buses (including the Navebus water bus), trolleybuses (2 routes), funiculars and elevators, as well as taxis.
All modes of transport are subject to a single ticket.
Tickets for 2017:
1,60 € – one-time ticket (valid for 100 minutes)
15 € – 10 single tickets
4,5 € – 24-hour pass (Genova Pass)
18 € – 5 tickets per day
0,8 € – travel by funicular (but you can use a single ticket)
In Genoa, buses run by ATM. Their official website is www.atm.genova.it, but at the time of writing, for some reason it does not work. On the site you can see the schedule, route network and the current fare.
Volabus – transfer to the airport
Another bus in Genoa is a shuttle bus that connects the airport and Christopher Columbus and Brignole Station.
Navebus (ship-bus service)
This is the so-called transfer by sea. It runs between Porta antico and the Pegli area. Transfer cost – 3 €.
Genoa Metro consists of 8 stations. Metro stations can be seen on the map:
At the terminal metro stations on the surface, the remaining stations – like a regular metro, pass underground. Taking the metro to the final Brignole, be mentally prepared to see many faces of non-Italian appearance. The port city of the south is probably not surprising, but the difference is noticeable in contrast to northern Turin.
Funiculars and elevators
Genoa has 10 funiculars and 2 elevators. Their presence is due to the fact that Genoa is located on two “floors”, on two levels: the lower floor is the historical center and port, and the upper level is a completely different Genoa (cozy, quiet, green, hilly, with narrow streets, lined with paving stones).
The oldest funicular in Genoa is the S.Anna funicular (operating since 1891, although it has recently been updated). On this funicular you can climb from the center of Genoa to the “upper” city. Here is the location of the funicular stops on the map:
And here is a short video of how we climbed the funicular:
The cable car has single tickets for public transport, or you can buy a separate ticket for the cable car, it costs 0.80 euros. You can buy both at kiosks and specialized ticket vending machines.
Here is the entrance to the funicular of S. Anna, there is also a ticket machine:
There are two main train stations in Genoa, these are Piazza Principe and Genova Brignole. The first is in the center of the city, the second is in the Brignole district. When you buy train tickets specifically to Genoa, be careful with the choice of station. For example, when we returned from Portofino, for some reason we only reached the Brignole station, and then the train did not go, we had to go to the center by metro. Why it happened, it’s not clear, like they bought a ticket to Principe, and they got on their “own” train. Maybe, after all, our carelessness, or maybe the peculiarities of the Italian railway – I’m not surprised at anything.
Taxi in Genoa
There is also no problem with a taxi in Genoa, you can find it in the taxi stands, or call it yourself by phone, or contact the reception of your hotel. The fare is better to agree in advance. Personally, I would not hope for the honesty of Italians (no matter how much I loved Italy, but financially, you always need to be on the alert).
The approximate cost of a taxi is from 8 euros per couple of kilometers, there are also allowances for leaving the city at night. You can get from the airport to the center for about 28-30 euros (unless, of course, the driver decides to earn some money for you). In order not to think about such troubles, it’s better to book a prepaid transfer , it will be a little more expensive, but the price will definitely not change.
Car rental in Genoa
I recommend reading: “Car rental in Italy: how to rent a car”
You can rent a car both at the Genoa airport and in the city itself. Both international and national rentals are presented, probably, there are also local rental offices. The pros and cons of both those and others have already been described in the above article.
To find the best price and good conditions, I use the rentalcars.com service – a search engine like Booking. Here you can compare prices in different rental companies, and the price will be 10-15% cheaper than if booked directly. The service works with all major rental companies, including international ones. My review of Rentalcars can be read, for example, in this article .
The cost of gasoline in Italy in 2017 is on average 1.60 € per liter. Do not forget about toll roads. You can calculate the fare on toll roads on the site autostrade.it All paid freeways are necessarily duplicated for free, but the speed on them is limited, and they go through the settlements.
Excursions in Genoa
An example of excursions in Genoa:
Genoa best Attractions
If for some reason you do not book excursions, or have already visited everything, then explore the city yourself. In general, you can just walk around Genoa, admiring the beautiful buildings, palaces, squares, or narrow hilly paths of the upper city.
The center of Genoa is Piazza De Ferrari with a fountain, opera house, and Garibaldi monument. From here you can go in any direction and go to the port and the highest lighthouse in the Mediterranean (whose history dates back to 1128), or to the quarter of palaces (Rolly Palaces), look at the Cathedral of St. Lorenzo, and also look at the house of Columbus (the house in which the famous navigator was born). If you have free time, also visit the Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno, located on a hill on the outskirts of the city. There are also many parks in the city. And I personally fell in love with the very upper “floor” of Genoa – it is so great to just wander between mansions, old churches, parks, stumble on green corners right on the roofs …
About attractions there is a the article where I wrote about everything in more detail, but for now a few photos of Genoa:
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