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    Genoa – a brief overview

    Like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Genoa is a city with a split personality. Huddled around its once famous port, dark caruggi (alleyways) snake uphill into a Dickensian medieval quarter more reminiscent of a North African medina than an Italian city. But Genoa was always a rich and urbane centre of trade and its 19th-century face, seen along Via Garibaldi and Via XXV Aprile, is lined with UNESCO-listed palaces, banks, cafés and theatres.

    Add to that a superb seaside location, a mild tropical microclimate and a revamped port, and you’ll understand the city’s continuing allure.

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    Musei di Strada Nuovo

    Via Garibaldi
    16124 Genoa
    Italy
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 0900-1900
    Sat-Sun 1000-1900

    Via Garibaldi is lined with 16th-century palaces. Buy a combination ticket and visit the three finest (Palazzo Doria Tursi, Palazzo Rosso and Palazzo Bianco) to enjoy florid interiors, Italian masters and a collection of Paganini’s violins.

    Palazzo Ducale

    Piazza Giacomo Matteotti 9
    16123 Genoa
    Italy
    Tel: +39 010 817 1600
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-2000

    This Mannerist palazzo was home to the Doges of Genoa during the city’s seafaring heyday. Now its frescoed halls host excellent temporary art exhibitions.

    Cattedrale di San Lorenzo

    Piazza San Lorenzo
    16123 Genoa
    Italy
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1200 and 1500-1900

    Genoa’s black-and-white striped cathedral is a visual feast. Guarded by two crouching lions, its monochrome interior is lit by a stained-glass rose window that shatters coloured light down the nave.

    Palazzo Reale

    Via Balbi 10
    16126 Genoa
    Italy
    Tel: +39 010 271 0236
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1000-1900
    Sun 1330-1900

    Genoa grew rich on the success of banking families such as the Balbis and Durazzos who ploughed their wealth into this palace. The gilded Hall of Mirrors is worth the entrance fee alone.

    Museo del Risorgimento

    Via Lomellini 11
    16124 Genoa
    Italy
    Tel: +39 010 246 5843
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    Opening times:
    Tue and Fri 0900-1300
    Wed 0900-1900
    Sat 1000-1900

    Located in the home of Italian patriot Giuseppe Mazzini, this museum dedicated to Italian unification is full of personal possessions and illuminating explanations on the birth of a nation.

    Chiesa del Gesù

    Piazza Giacomo Matteotti
    16123 Genoa
    Italy
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1200 and 1630-1900

    A visual feast of floor-to-ceiling frescoes, this fabulous Jesuit church dates from 1597 and showcases two grand works by Dutch artist Peter Rubens.

    Galleria Nazionale

    Piazza di Pellicceria, 1
    16123 Genoa
    Italy
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 0830-1930
    Sun 1330-1930

    Genoa’s main art gallery displays Italian and Flemish Renaissance art over four floors of the Spinola palace. Highlights include works from Van Dyck, Rubens and Strozzi.

    Acquario

    Ponte Spinola
    16128 Genoa
    Italy
    Tel: +39 010 23451
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0930-2000 (Jan-Feb and Nov-Mar)
    Sat-Sun 0930-2100 (Jan-Feb and Nov-Mar)
    Mon-Fri 0900-2000 (Mar-Jun and Sep-Oct)
    Sat-Sun 0830-2100 (Mar-Jun and Sep-Oct)
    Daily 0830-2400 (Jul-Aug)

    Located at the port, Genoa’s huge aquarium is one of Europe’s largest with over 5,000 species of fish. Special exhibits of coral reefs and Madagascan rainforest are housed in the Nave Blu ship moored in the port.

    Galata Museo del Mare

    Calata de Mare 1
    16126 Genoa
    Italy
    Tel: +39 010 234 5655
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1930 (Mar-Oct)
    Tue-Fri 1000-1800 (Nov-Feb)
    Sat-Sun 1000-1930 (Nov-Feb)

    Genoa’s museum of maritime heritage is fascinating. High-tech exhibits explore Genoa’s role as Europe’s greatest dockyard through the ages of sail and steam. There’s also a special exhibit on native son, Christopher Columbus.

    Genoa-Casella Railway

    Via alla Stazione per Casella 15
    16122 Genoa
    Italy
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    For a bird’s-eye view over the city, take this 1929 narrow gauge railway from the central station to the village of Casella. The views are spectacular.

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    Country overview

    Despite incessant praise, travelling in Italy remains one of those rare experiences in life – like a perfect spring day or the power of first love – that cannot be overrated. In few places do history, art, fashion, food and la dolce vita (the good life) intermingle so effortlessly.

    There are sunny isles and electric blue surf, glacial northern lakes and fiery southern volcanoes, rolling vineyards and an urban landscape that harbours more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world. Few places offer such variety and few visitors leave without a fervent desire to return.

    Geography

    Italy is situated in Europe, with a long coastline of approximately 7,600km (4,720 miles) stretching into the Mediterranean Sea and a mountainous northern border adjoining France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. This northern Alpine region contains some of the highest peaks in Europe and is a good area for winter sports.

    In central Italy, Tuscany has a diverse landscape composed of fertile rolling hills, lush river valleys, minor mountain ranges and a long sandy coastline. To the east is Umbria, known as the ‘green heart of Italy’; hilly with broad plains, olive groves and pines, and Le Marche – a region of gentle mountains, rivers and small fertile plains.

    Further south lies Rome, Italy’s capital city. Within its precincts is the Vatican City. The south of the country is hotter, wilder and much, much drier than the north, characterised by dry sierras, rocky mountain ranges and volcanic outcrops, including three of Europe’s most active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli. Puglia, the ‘heel of the boot’, is a mixed landscape of fertile plateaus, expansive olive groves and flat, ochre-coloured plains. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia lie offshore to the southwest and west respectively.

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    Area: 301340 sq km (116348 sq miles).

    Population: 60.5 million (2015).

    Population density: 204.0 per sq km.

    Capital: Rome.

    Government: Independent kingdom of Italy declared in 1861. Republic since 1946.

    Language

    Italian is the official language. Dialects are spoken in different regions. German is spoken in the South Tyrol region (bordering Austria). French is spoken in all the border areas from the Riviera to the area north of Milan (border with France and Switzerland). English, French and German are also spoken in the biggest cities and in tourism and business circles.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Standard time zone

    UTC/GMT +1 hour

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the two round-pin type.

    Public holidays

    In addition to public holidays, local feast days are held in honour of town patron saints, generally without closure of shops and offices. These include:

    Turin/Genoa/Florence: 24. Jun (St John the Baptist)
    Milan: 7. Dec (St Ambrose)
    Venice: 25. Apr (St Mark)
    Bologna: 4. Oct (St Petronius)
    Naples: 19. Sep (St Gennaro)
    Bari: 6. Dec (St Nichola)
    Palermo: 15. Jul (St Rosalia)
    Rome: 29. Jun (St Peter)
    Siena: 2. Jul + 16. Aug (Palio)
    Trieste: 3. Nov (St Giusto)

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2016
    Epiphany: 6. January 2016
    Easter Sunday: 27. March 2016
    Easter Monday: 28. March 2016
    Liberation Day: 25. April 2016
    Labour Day: 1. May 2016
    Republic Day: 2. June 2016
    Assumption: 15. August 2016
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2016
    Immaculate Conception: 8. December 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016
    St Stephen’s Day: 26. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2017
    Epiphany: 6. January 2017
    Easter Sunday: 16. April 2017
    Easter Monday: 17. April 2017
    Liberation Day: 25. April 2017
    Labour Day: 1. May 2017
    Republic Day: 2. June 2017
    Assumption: 15. August 2017
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2017
    Immaculate Conception: 8. December 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017
    St Stephen’s Day: 26. December 2017

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    Nightlife in Genoa

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    The revitalised port area is the centre of a youthful nightlife scene and the medieval quarter is dotted with dark, atmospheric bars that spill out into ancient piazze.

    Piazza de Ferrari and Piazza delle Erbe nearly always draw a crowd.

    Live Music Club

    Piazza Antonio Ghiglione 1r
    16151 Genoa
    Italy
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    Good beer, good steak and excellent live music are the USPs of this club.

    Fratelli Klainguti

    Piazza di Soziglia, 98
    16123 Genoa
    Italy
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    A 19th-century café where cappuccinos merge seamlessly with cocktails.

    Bar Berto

    Piazza dell'Erbe, 6
    16123 Genoa
    Italy
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    Located on vivacious Piazza delle Erbe is this popular bar with alfresco seating.

    Teatro Carlo Felice

    Passo Eugenio Montale 4
    16100 Genoa
    Italy
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    The principle theatre of Genoa hosts concerts, ballet, opera and jazz.

    La Claque

    Vicolo San Donato 9
    16123 Genoa
    Italy
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    Come here for cabaret, indie bands, intimate DJ sessions and avant-garde theatre.

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    Restaurants in Genoa

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    Ligurian cuisine is some of the most specialised and authentic in Italy given the lack of exposure to outside influences.

    Seafood is, of course, a highlight, but so are wild basil-based dishes, bread, walnuts and fine vegetables all served with heavenly Ligurian olive oil.

    Voltalacarta

    Via Assarotti 60
    16122 Genoa
    Italy
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    Price: Expensive

    Seafood dishes prepared with passion and served with artistic flair.

    Ombre Rosso

    Vico Indoratori 20
    16123 Genoa
    Italy
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    Price: Expensive

    Enjoy Ligurian highlights in this romantic medieval house.

    Trattoria della Raibetta

    Vico Caprettari, 10/r
    16123 Genoa
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    Raibetta’s unfussy seafood menu includes octopus salad and local black rice.

    Taverna di Colombo

    Vico della Scienza 6r
    16125 Genoa
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    A minimal menu showcases fresh, simple Genovese dishes.

    Focaccia e Dintorni

    Via di Canneto Il Curto, 56r
    16123 Genoa
    Italy
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    Price: Cheap

    This fast food place serves signature focaccia and chickpea pancakes.

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    Calendar of events

    SUQ Genova

    16 – 26 June 2016
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    Venue: Piazza delle Feste, Old Port and Palazzo San Giorgio.

    Artists from over 35 countries take part in a captivating programme of theatrical productions, workshops, dance and music performances for nearly two weeks each June. Social and environmental initiatives are woven in too, and might highlight the stories of refugees or focus on recycling issues.

    Feast of St John (Festa di San Giovanni)

    23 – 24 June 2016

    Venue: Piazza Matteotti (23 June); cathedral and streets (24 June).

    Genoese celebrate St John the Baptist’s birth with torches, candles and a midnight bonfire. There’s a cracking party atmosphere, with jugglers and musicians entertaining the crowds. The cathedral holds a special mass the next day, and a solemn procession of local brotherhoods heads to the sea carrying statues of Christ.

    Genova Film Festival

    27 June 3 July 2016
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    Venue: The Space Cinema, Old Port.

    Aiming to provide a platform for young and new Italian filmmakers, the Genova Film Festival shows around 130 screenings and runs two competitions dedicated to short films and documentaries. The week-long programme also includes workshops, debates and special tributes to Italian directors and actors from the past.

    Theatre Festival of the Ancient Aqueduct (Festival Teatrale Dell’Acquedotto e Delle Antiche Vie)

    June/July 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Throughout June and July, dramatic shows incorporating theatrical performances and stondaiate (singing and storytelling) take place at different locations on historic routes throughout Genoa and the neighbouring countryside. Venues include local theatres, open-air squares, vineyards and castles, allowing audiences to explore Genoa beyond the city centre.

    International Music Festival

    7 – 10 July 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    For four days in July, Filarmonica Sestrese hosts an international medley of marching bands, wind ensembles, show bands and orchestras in a spectacular festival of concerts and parades. The visiting musicians entertain summer crowds in squares, streets and nearby Ligurian resorts.

    Old Port Summer Show (Porto Antico Estate Spettacolo)

    July/August 2016
    Website

    Venue: Most events take place at the Arena del Mare.

    Big-name music, dance and theatrical acts take to the open-air waterside stage in the Old Port on summer evenings. Performers have included the likes of Massive Attack, Paolo Nuttini and Gorillaz Sound System as well as a whole host of Italian stars.

    Rolli Days

    2 – 3 April 2016
    28 – 29 May 2016
    15 – 16 October 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Many of Genoa’s UNESCO-listed Rolli palaces open to the public for a weekend in March and September, allowing visitors a rare opportunity to view the ornate interiors of the magnificent 16th- and 17th-century residences. These private homes were assigned to host important state visits during the height of Genoa’s power.

    International Boat Show

    20 – 25 September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Fiera di Genova.

    Over 100,000 visitors flock (or float) to Genoa’s prestigious boat exhibition, which has been seducing sailing enthusiasts since 1962 with shiny new vessels. There are usually around 1,000 boats on show on and off the water, along with snazzy gadgets and maritime-themed seminars and workshops.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Genoa

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    Genoa has a huge range of hotels, but location is of critical importance given the city’s traffic. Many hotels are located near the central station and along Via Balbi.

    Those in the medieval centre are characterful, but hard to access.

    Melia Genova

    Via Corsica 4
    16128 Genoa
    Italy
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    Category: Expensive

    Designer-styled contemporary interiors within a turn-of-the-century villa.

    Grand Hotel Savoia

    Via Arsenale di Terra 5
    16126 Genoa
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    An old-world hotel with grand reception rooms, art deco bedrooms and classy service.

    Hotel Cairoli

    Via Cairoli 14/4
    16124 Genoa
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    Themed art rooms give this friendly multilingual, mid-range place bags of character.

    Palazzo Morali

    Piazza della Raibetta 2/28
    16123 Genoa
    Italy
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    Category: Cheap

    A bed and breakfast with florid décor, sumptuous breakfasts and beautiful views of the port.

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    Climate & best time to visit Italy

    Italy is a great destination to visit year round, particularly if taking a city break, though for the warmest and most reliable weather April to June is the prime tourist season. Most Italians take their holiday in July and August so prices, and crowds, can soar during these months, which are also the hottest of the year. If you’re keen to avoid the main scrum of peak season but still bank on mild weather, late September to October is a good choice.

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    Telephone & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile phones

    International dialling code: +39

    Telephone

    Telephone kiosks only accept phonecards, which can be purchased at post offices, tobacconists and some newsagents.

    Mobile phone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.

    Internet

    Rome, Venice, Milan and Bologna have now instituted city-wide Wi-Fi hotspots, and the majority of hotels, B&Bs and even farm stays now offer free internet access. In most towns, internet cafés also offer access at €2 to €6 per hour.

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    Shopping in Genoa

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    Key Areas

    In the medieval quarter, look for independent artisan shops and gourmet food. For high-end fashion and shoes, Via XX Settembre, Via Roma and Galleria Mazzini are best, while you can find high-street fashion on Via San Luca and Via Orefici.

    Markets

    Every neighbourhood in Genoa has a food market, although the biggest is the Mercato Orientale off Via XX Settembre. There are other good markets on Via Carmine and Piazza Statuto. A monthly antiques market takes place in the Palazzo Ducale and Galleria Mazzini, the latter also hosting a big annual book fair just before Christmas.

    Shopping Centres

    Genoa has been graced with shopping malls since the 19th century in the form of Galleria Mazzini and Galleria Umberto I. The Rinascente department store also has a branch in town (Via Ettore Vernazza) and there’s a large outlet mall, the Centro Commerciale Fiumara (Via Fiumara 15-16), just to the east of the port.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social conventions

    The social structure is heavily influenced by the Roman Catholic Church and, generally speaking, family ties are stronger than in most other countries in Western Europe. Normal social courtesies should be observed. Dress is casual but smart in most places, and beachwear should be confined to the beach. Conservative clothes are expected when visiting religious buildings and smaller, traditional communities.

    Formal wear is usually indicated on invitations. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, transport and cinemas. When visiting an Italian home for dinner, bring a small gift of sweets or chocolate, and dress well. Let your host lead when sitting and starting the meal. Take a small portion of what’s on offer as you will surely be cajoled into having another helping. If you do not want more wine, leave your glass full so it cannot be refilled.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is generally safe to drink. Bottled water is available. The inscription ‘Acqua Non Potabile’ means water is not drinkable. Milk is generally pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Past outbreaks of brucellosis in southern regions means unpasteurised buffalo mozzarella is best avoided. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) also recommends vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and hepatitis B.

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    Visa & Immigration

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    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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