Genoa is a gorgeous historical port city found on the coast of North West Italy. It has acted as an important and powerful trade route now for many centuries and is the capital of the region of Liguria. Genoa is perhaps best known as the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, and it is truly regretful that such a fantastically mesmerizing place is often to play second fiddle to other glitzy Italian destinations such as Venice, Rome, Milan and Florence. One thing Genoa can probably declare over its rival Italian cities is that it can offer a better insight to what it is to be the Quintessential Italian experience.
Genoa Airport, also known as Cristoforo Colombo Airport is the most important airport of Liguria. The airport is built on reclaimed land jutting out into the Gulf of Genoa. The airport is an important gateway to Italy’s north western Ligurian region and its accessibility to destinations like Arenzano, Pegli, Rapallo, Savano and Voltri makes it a good base.
What to see and do
The City Genoa is a labyrinth of hidden gems, all stashed away down cosy alleyways, facing out on to the lush blue waters of the Ligurian Sea and hugged snugly by the Apennine Mountains that flow into the cities ancient streets. It's a city renowned for its seafood cuisine and is home to one of Europe’s largest Aquariums. The city was also listed on the world Heritage list (UNESCO) in 2006.
Thanks to its rich art, music, gastronomy, architecture and history, Genoa was the European city of culture in 2004. Be sure to spend some time tripping around the heart of the old city and to its newly renovated old port, ducking in and out of the charming alleyways. Explore the facades of grand palaces that are hidden only to be found and admired by the enthusiastic sightseer who is more often than not left in a state of wonderment and ecstasy. While you trip around the old city, you will surely discover all manners of luxurious boutiques, restaurants and bars, but, please do find the time to pay a little attention to the marvellous architecture that's on offer. Everything that says Italian architecture is all here from pastel- coloured terracotta-roofed houses, artistic churches, lovely seaside villas and yes, even some avant-garde modern architecture. The old port marina area is a delight and you sure to discover a dish here that's aromas and flavours will stay with you long after that tan fades. And what’s a holiday without a trip to the beach, Genoa has several beautiful white sand beaches stretched along its shores so why not go exploring along the coast, and yes the fishing around this part of the world is pretty good too.
The Aeroporto di Genova – Cristoforo Colombo provides direct links to the local road and national motorway systems for quick connections too both the Riviera’s, Piedomont, Lombardy and the tunnels through the Alps. There are shuttle buses that are in operation every day of the year and run from the airport and link up with all other transport network stations such as the local bus network and metro. The Volabus shuttle bus no.100 will take you right to the city center.
Most of the city is easily accessible by foot but if that's not for you than public transport is certainly a much more efficient and cost reducing way to get around the city than say by car or scooter as the roads are heavily congested and the parking space is seemingly non existing, expensive street parking fees do exist however, and note, the same can be said for diving around any other small town along the coast.
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