Genoa is 150 kilometres east of San Remo and 40 kilometres west of Portofino; both are known as playgrounds for the rich and famous. The capital of the province of Liguria, Genoa is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and the traditional Italian sauce, pesto. Known locally as Genova, this historic city has been dubbed one of Europe’s finest medieval old towns and is home to excellent museums, shopping and restaurants.
The Port of Genoa is one of Italy’s major seaports. It has 5 berths for large cruise ships and welcomes 4 million passengers every year. Conveniently located close to the town, the port is 5 minutes’ walk to the Maritime Museum and 10 minutes’ walk to the world-class aquarium.
The Ponte dei Mille, the main terminal for cruise ships, is an attraction in itself. Completely restored in 2001, this magnificent 1930s building was the departure point for countless Italians bound for new lives in America.
Cruise ships dock at the maritime station of Ponte dei Mille. This technologically advanced terminal is based on some of the world’s most modern airports and has an excellent capability to process high volumes of passengers quickly and efficiently. Set over 3 floors, it is considered to be one of the finest harbour buildings in the world.
- mobile walkways for easy access to ships
- large air-conditioned waiting rooms with ample seating
- money exchange and tourist information
- public telephones and phone card vending machines
- ground transport links to the city centre and airport.
How to Get Around
The city centre is 15 to 20 minutes’ walk from the port. Head towards to Old Port on the eastern side of the harbour, where you’ll also find a tourist office. The historic centre is located opposite the Old Port.
Principe Metro Station is opposite the terminal, just 250 metres away. Tickets cost €1.50 (A$2.10) per person and allow unlimited access for 100 minutes. The subway system in Genoa is easy to navigate, with just 6 stops in total on 1 line linking all the major points of the city.
Departing from Principe Metro Station, public buses run into the centre every 5 to 10 minutes and cost €1 (A$1.50) each way. The centre is only 2 stops from the port.
Taxis are available from the terminal and will cost around €10 (A$14) to the town centre, depending on traffic.Genoa International Airport is just 5 kilometres away and easily accessible by taxi.
- Currency - the currency in Genoa is the Euro. Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent, and €1 and €2 denominations. Notes come in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500 denominations.
- Time Zone - Genoa uses Central European Time (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Central European Summer Time (CEST) is 2 hours ahead.
- Weather - Genoa enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters. Temperatures range from an average 25° Celsius in July and August to 10° Celsius in January and February. The driest month is July, with an average rainfall of 27 millimetres.
- House of Columbus - the birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus, this Gothic-style building is a popular attraction in Genoa. Set inside the house itself is a small museum that displays artefacts from Columbus’ life and travels.
- La Lanterna - the oldest working lighthouse in the world, La Lanterna is an important symbol of this port city. It is 77 metres high and dates back to the 16th century.
- Cathedral of San Lorenzo - the Cathedral of San Lorenzo is a medieval church that dates back to the 6th century BC, though the present building was built in the 14th century. Renowned for its grand architecture, an undetonated shell mistakenly fired on it during World War II remains in the south-eastern corner of the nave, with an inscription giving thanks for the cathedral’s survival.
- Via Garibaldi - the main street of the historic centre, Via Garibaldi is just 250 metres long but is lined with quaint shops and eateries that can take some time to explore. It is famous for its remarkable 16th century palaces.
- Piazzi de Ferrari - located in the heart of Genoa, this central square is a popular meeting place. Famous for its magnificent fountain, Piazzi de Ferrari is set in the financial and business district of the city.