Genoa is an extraordinarily wonderful city, offering a variety of pleasures and discoveries: Genoa boasts the largest medieval city centre still in use in Europe, which makes it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
At the beginning of the 7th century, nobility used to live in luxury abodes in Sestri Ponente, a very popular holiday resort at the time.
One of the largest in Europe, Genoa’s historic centre unwinds in an intricate maze of alleyways (caruggi) and small squares; the soul of the city lives here in these alleyways, where smells, tastes, and cultures have combined throughout history.
Redesigned by Renzo Piano in 1992, Genoa’s Old Port area has now become a mecca for tourists, who come here to enjoy an “aperitivo”, dine, shop, take a trip to the cinema, ice skate, or go for a swim at the pool.
The very symbol of Genoa: rebuilt in 1543, it stands on a 40-metre-high rock, bringing the total height to 117 meters above sea level. The 172 stairs can be climbed up to the first observation terrace for superb views of the harbour and historic centre.
The district of Castelletto lies on the closest city high grounds and nowadays it is a bourgeois residential area. Two elevators link the city centre to Castelletto: one elevator links Largo della Zecca, academic area, to Spianata Castelletto, panoramic viewpoint; the other one links Piazza Portello to Spianata Castelletto. Both were built and activated in the first 20 years of the ‘900.
Nowadays Albaro is considered the most glamour and elegant district in Genoa, located on the hill not far from the city centre, it used to be a holiday resort for the aristocratic Genoese families.
Nervi is a lovely place in the East side, popular for the naturalistic beauty and the mild weather. Nestled between the mountains and the sea, brings together sour views and gorgeous sceneries.
The East Ligurian Riviera offers a wonderful route that goes from Gulf of Genoa to Val di Magra, close to La Spezia.
The East Riviera is characterized by mountains overlooking the sea, with sharp promontories adorned by maritime pines and fringed by picturesque cliffs.
It goes from the West districts of Genoa to the French border, close to Ventimiglia.
The West Riviera is characterized by stretched and gentle sides, with mountains usually far away from the coast; wide valleys descending toward the sea where they open in small ground lands; sandy inlets watched by several capes, like Cape Noli, Cape Mele, Cape Berta, Cape Sant’Ampelio.