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IS THERE ANYTHING MORE ROMANTIC THAN LOSING YOURSELF IN GENOA?
Sandwiched between the mountains and the sea, Genoa is a concertina of a city, and full of surprises. Expect ridge-top forts, cable cars at dizzying heights, and tunnels burrowing under Unesco-listed palaces. Porto Antico, the redesigned waterfront, is centre stage, framed by bars built into ancient arcades and the superb Aquarium. The city centre is mostly pedestrianised, and made up of a maze of medieval streets called carrugi. Look upwards to discover secret friezes and frescoes. Sample the local fish grill, pasta and pesto, accompanied by Ligurian white wine. Let the city wash over you; Genoa is more a city of more senses than just sight.
Antica Cantina I Tre Merli
This old-world inn, Antica Cantina I Tre Merli, is a traditional haunt and still serves authentic Genovese food in an atmosphere in Genoa where time stands still. It’s a 600-year-old palazzo yet manages to remain cosy and unpreten…
San Nicola Market
Like every city, Genoa also renews its tradition every year. The San Nicola Market is a charity event that was held in 1986 for the first time and then became a Christmas fixture.It was held in Piazza Piccapietra for many years, b…
Where to eat the best Genoese pesto
Pizza with pesto. Pesto pasta. Pesto sauce. If there's one thing more emblematic of Genoa than Christopher Columbus, it's pesto. But just like every other "sacred" local dish, pesto alla genovese absolutely must stick to tradition…