Genoa, the birthplace of the explorer Christopher Columbus, is an ancient historical port, famous for its excellent cuisine, reach culture, beautiful sights and architecture, parks and gardens. Located on the north-west coast of Italy in the region of Liguria, Genoa is not far from the French border and is one of the country's major economic centres.
Most popular places to visit
Essential and significant churches in Genoa are the Oratory of San Giacomo della Marina, the St. Lawrence Cathedral, the Church of Santo Stefano, Church of San Donato, the Church of Sant'Agostino, the Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato and San Torpete.
Around Piazza De Ferrari, are the Opera and the Palace of the Doges. There is also the house where Christopher Columbus was born. The world-known palaces of the city's most reputable families are in the old town, located at Strada Nuova. Those are Palazzo Rosso (now a museum), Palazzo Grimaldi, Palazzo Bianco, and Palazzo Reale.
Other landmarks in the city are the Old Harbour (Porto Antico), the Palazzo del Principe, and the famous cemetery of Staglieno. The Edoardo Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art has one of the largest collections of Oriental art in Europe.
There are many beautiful parks in the centre, such as Villetta Di Negro, the Parks of Nervi and the gardens of Villa Durazzo Pallavicini. Genoa also has a large aquarium located in the old harbour.
The historical maritime station of Ponte Dei Mille is today a modern cruise terminal for fast embarking and disembarking of latest generation ships carrying a thousand passengers. Several cruise and ferry lines serve the passenger terminals in the old Genoa port, like MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises.
Bus, railway and taxi transportation
The central railway stations are Genoa Principe and Genoa Brignole. Trains are connecting Genoa to all major Italian cities. AMT manages the network of buses and the metropolitan line of Genoa, which consists of comfortable elevators and trams, and allows visitors to get from the city centre to the high mountains in just a few minutes. Genoa Taxi transport can be picked up from many locations throughout the city, or you can pre-book it in advance.
Getting to Genoa from Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA)
Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA) is just 4.6 mi west of the city. It offers connection from Genoa to Paris, Rome, Naples, Madrid, London, and Munich. There has been a recent increase in international destinations and charter flights. Visitors from many global cities can choose to fly to Milan Airport and get from Milan Linate airport or Milan Malpensa airport to Genoa by train or by airport taxi. Regular bus from Genoa airport to Genoa Stazione Brignole train station is available with VolaBus.
If you would like to have a private, direct Genoa Airport transfer to Genoa or Genoa Port, contact our company, and the driver will be waiting for you at the arrivals with a sign showing your name. Fixed prices, regular private airport transfers and private sightseeing tours from Genoa airport to Savona port are also available for booking with City Airport Taxis.
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