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Travel Diary: 30 minutes in Genoa

by Lisa
Porto Antico Genoa

First of all: I’ve missed all the important and well-known sights Genoa has to offer. The iconic Lanterna, a renaissance lighthouse built in 1543, the gardens of Villa Durazzo-Pallavicini, the Royal Palace of Genoa or the Piazza de Ferrari. But, as I had just about 30 minutes in Genoa, I walked around the old Harbor area. I almost ran into a car and I’ve seen fresh fishes at local dealers. Welcome to Genoa, the capital of Liguria and the sixth largest city in Italy.

My short Trip to Genoa was not planned as it was just a quick stop en route to San Bartolomeo al Mare, at the Ligurian coast close to France. So, what to do when you have about half an hour in a City you’ve never been to? Right, walking and walking and walking. I also could have stayed at a cafe the whole time to drink an espresso macchiato, but I rather wanted to see how life down at the old Harbor “Porto Antico” goes.

“Porto Antico”, the old harbour of Genoa, is located close to the actual harbour and mainly smaller boats can be found there. If you are already in Town you can reach it via the metro station “San Giorgio”, named after the Palace of Saint George, built in 1260. The most famous tourist attractions there are the “Acquario di Genova”, the Aquarium of Genoa, and the glass-bubble right next to, the biosphere. This one is the largest aquarium in Italy and the second largest in Europe, so it’s definitely worth a visit if you have some time.

Food is also very important in Genoa, as in Italy overall, as the region even has it’s signature dish: the pesto alla genovese. As I visited the Home of the green pesto made out of basil, pine nuts, olive oil and Parmigiano-Reggiano Parmesan cheese I, unfortunately, couldn’t try a fresh portion with Pasta. I bet it tastes even better there and some have their own signature recipes. Because of the closeness to the sea, you as well find fresh fish being sold at many corners around the harbour.

Genoa has so much more to offer, I definitely have to come back and stay longer to discover more! Have you ever been to Genoa in northern Italy?

Genoa – 30 minutes at Porto Antico

Aquarium of Genoa
Aquarium of Genoa
Biosphere at the old harbor
Biosphere at the old harbor
Street-Artist in Genoa
Street-Artist in Genoa

Genoa

Fresh Fish in Genoa

Fresh Fish in Genoa
Fresh Fish in Genoa

Genoa

Bentley at Porto Antico

Porto Antico of Genoa, in the background the iconic Lanterna a renaissance lighthouse built in 1543
Porto Antico, in the background the iconic Lanterna, a renaissance lighthouse built in 1543

Porto Antico Genoa

Porto Antico Genoa

Porto Antico Genoa

Porto Antico Genoa

Palace of Saint George, Genoa
Palace of Saint George, Genoa

Genoa, Italy

Genoa, Italy

Vespas and Gilleras and Vespas and Vespas in Genoa
Vespas and Gilleras and Vespas and Vespas…

Porto Antico Genoa

Lisa
Hi, I'm Lisa and welcome to my Joy Della Vita Travelblog. Joy della Vita, inspired by the Italian language, means 'Joy of Life'. And this is what can be found here. Travel, Food, Mobility & (Travel-)Lifestyle.

12 Comments

  • Luca Spinelli
    11 - April - 2017 at 3:47 PM

    Questo si che √® un contenuto di valore! ūüôā

  • Salomon
    10 - January - 2016 at 5:29 AM

    Lookin’ Good!

  • 8 - January - 2016 at 3:30 AM

    Pretty City, thanks for this Inspiration!

  • superfly
    7 - January - 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Awesome Post!

  • free
    6 - January - 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Thanks for sharing!

  • 27 - October - 2015 at 6:05 AM

    Great pictures!! Nice post!!
    Xoxo,
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  • Anoushka
    27 - October - 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Fab post and beautiful photos, definitely got me wanting to visit Genoa!

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  • 26 - October - 2015 at 9:15 PM

    how cool! I remember we drove there for camping, I do not remember where exactly we stayed but we were very close to the beach, I really loved this place!

    http://www.queenhorsfall.com/

  • Sabina B
    26 - October - 2015 at 7:20 PM

    nice photos!

  • 26 - October - 2015 at 12:54 PM

    Amazing place, is so beautiful.
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  • 25 - October - 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Considering you only had 30 minutes, you definitely made the most of your visit. Lovely photos ūüôā

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