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.
- 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
- 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.