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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.
Boccadasse fishing village
Architect Renzo Piano sees his home town, Boccadasse, as a “secret, inward-looking kasbah city”. But the one-time secluded fishing village is now part of Genoa, and comes alive on summer evenings. For locals, pastel-coloured Bocca…
Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi
The Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi is Genoa’s most seductive seaside promenade and perfect for a relaxing day out, with a stroll that takes in dramatic grand villas, gardens and galleries, and all just a 20-minute train ride from the…
The Righi and the forts: the countryside in the city
Given the great danger the city was in - besieged by pirates from the sea and by the enemy armies from the surrounding land - its defensive solution had to be not only complex, but brilliant. The walls of Genoa were built and then…