Genoa holidays 2020
A city that has a rich history of trade, pride and independence, Genoa is the ruby that twinkles in the twilight of the Mediterranean. Since the Middle Ages, Genoa has boasted its ability to adapt and conform to the changing ways of the sea. 2020 Holidays to Genoa will introduce you to Italy’s largest port city, where the salt of the sea is cherished and adored. Genoa nudges the Ligurian Sea, which radiates a very light turquoise blue, thanks to the sun shining on its surface.
You’ll be intoxicated by the seafaring nature of the locals. Although Genoa has been the biggest trading port city in Italy since the 15th century, the riches it has brought have sprouted a number of grand, modern buildings. As the city is so prosperous and ideally placed near the border with Nice in France, Roman emperors would use the city to trade with its conquered states in Europe, and set up courts and camps acting as a naval base.
Why book Genoa holidays
Top city attractions
Explore Porta Soprana, Piazza Matteotti and San Lorenzo Cathedral
Admire the architecture at Piazza De Ferrari
Cultural hotspot not to miss
Walk down stunning Via Garibaldi, a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site
Hit the nightlife & bar scene
Mingle at the bars and restaurants of Genoa Harbour
After the best views of the city and harbour? Spianata Castelletto is your spot
Why not take the family to Genoa Aquarium?
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Your guide to Genoa holidays
By the end of the 19th century, Genoa had become the financial heart of Italy, beating out its rival Milan. Also known as the main square of Genoa, the Piazza De Ferrari is famed for its glorious fountain. Surrounding it, are numerous headquarters of bank and top companies. The city is bathed in history of business and trade, where once the live stock exchange and many branches for the Bank of Italy resided.
Holidays in Genoa are also perfect for historical art lovers. The Museo di Palazzo Reale, was once the palace of the rich aristocratic Balbis family. The original building was built between 1643 and 1650. Later on, the Durazzos enlarged the palace throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. Inside is some of the most beautiful post-Italian Renaissance artwork in Europe, and the decor is achingly gorgeous, with rooms decorated with golds, silvers, pearly whites and sunset shades. The palace is estimated to be the largest building from the Middle Ages left in Genoa. The interior has largely retained its original beauty, with the gorgeous terrace serving as a nod to this achievement.
Northern Italy is blessed with a 300-kilometre-long coastline. Holidays in Genoa allow you to explore the plethora of beaches that pepper the city. Recco is a village which boasts a beach with dark rocks and smooth stones. Bordered by creeks and hills, the beach is a great place to end up after hiking around the surrounding hilly landscape. At the summit of the tall terrain you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic view of the entire coast.
Along the Riviera di Levante, sits the small town of Sestri Levante. The town’s twin beaches are two hidden gems. The most-used beach is the Bay of Silence, a romantic spot where couples can enjoy a moment of tranquility together. Although the beach does have a boardwalk with a few stalls serving local snacks, it’s definitely a place to get away from it all. The Bay of Fairy Tales is named after the once famous resident of the village, Hans Christian Anderson. This beach has bars, sun loungers and a picturesque promenade that locals gather around at sunset.
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Thanks to its great seaside location and rich culinary traditions, Genoa boasts a fantastic range of delicious local cuisine. Ligurian specialities include cheese focaccia, farinata, pansotti with walnut sauce, fried squid. Plus, did you know that pesto’s origins are Genoese, too?
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