With a population of nearly 600,000 residents, Genoa is the sixth-largest city in Italy. Those interested in visiting here will be pleased to know that this city has been nicknamed “la Superba”, or “The Proud One” in English. This is due to its superb architecture and rich history. Genoa is also the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and in modern times, it houses the headquarters of many major corporations.
Those who are travelling from London to Genoa (GOA) can expect an average flight time of between 3 hours and 30 minutes and 4 hours. This is because that as of the current information, there are NO non-stop flights to the city. Some of the most prominent companies that serve this route include Vueling, Air France, Iberia and Lufthansa.
Things to do in Genoa
As should already be expected, there are a host of sights to enjoy when visiting Genoa. Perhaps one of the most famous and well-known excursions will take place along an urban district known as Via Garibaldi. In many ways, this area is considered to be the cultural “heart” of Genoa. It dates as far back as 1550 and was prominently mentioned in an excerpt known as “Pictures from Italy”. Although there are not many shops or kiosks to be observed here, the main attraction is the overhead architecture that is punctuated by its decidedly narrow pathways. Massive marble edifices are located high above and painted moulds echo back to an ancient era. One thing to keep in mind is that during the height of the tourist season (between the months of May and September), Via Garibaldi can be quite crowded. Thus, it may be better to visit in the off-season.
Genoa is also known for its plazas (“piazza” in Italian). The Piazza de Ferrari is considered to be the main plaza within Genoa. Upon arrival, visitors will first notice a massive fountain within its centre. It has been restored in recent times to its former glory and during the evenings, lights will adorn the numerous cascades of water emanating out from its circumference to its centre. Although the open-air nature of the square is not to be missed, there are several other notable palaces located around its periphery. Some of these include the Palace of the Doges, the Ligurian Academy of Fine Arts, the Theatre Carlo Felice and the Palace of the Duke of Galliera. The entire plaza was named after this figure of nobility. The Genoa Metro has a station that will take any tourists directly to this location. Be certain to bring a camera, for this is one location to capture on film!
San Siro is another location that attracts millions of visitors each and every year. This basilica is one of the few ancient churches in Italy that have remained intact over the years. Although a fire destroyed much of its architecture in 1748, artisans carefully restored the church to its former Romanesque glory. Although primarily religious in nature, San Siro is also known to house paintings from some of the most renowned Italian artists. A handful of these include Domenico Fiasella, Giovanni Domenico Cappellino and Andrea Semino. This Roman Catholic church is still in regular use for masses.