Stazioni Marittime welcomes you in Genoa, a surprising city.

Come with us to discover Genoa.

  • Discover its historical centre, the largest in Europe; discover its history, its past, its legends. 
  • Go shopping in the heart of the “city” or along its charming cobbled streets – called “carruggi” – and taste the typical Ligurian dishes in the many restaurants and family-run eateries (“trattorie”).
  • Admire the city from the top of the hill and move from one sight to another.
  • From the Cruise Terminal, you can find yourself shortly into the Historical centre.
  • Genoa has been appointed “European Capital of Culture” for year 2004.
  • This is an important recognition for the city, which is now proudly re-discovering its history and identity and it is an opportunity to enter – rightly – in the international circuit of the Art’s cities. 
  • But Genoa is also known worldwide for its Riviera: after visiting the city, you can go by boat from the Historical Port to Portofino and the other beautiful resorts of the Tigullio Gulf.


Tourist attractions, venues and activities:

The Historical Port is a vast area in the heart of the city where ancient and modern merge perfectly.
Redeveloped in 1992 on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America by Genoese-born Christopher Colombus, this area is fast becoming one of the city’s most popular locations.
Numerous attractions are found in the Historical Port: first and foremost, Spinola Wharf (Ponte Spinola), site of Europe’s largest Aquarium, featuring 71 tanks.
In front of the marine park lies the Piazza delle Feste which, during the summer, hosts open - air theatre and concerts, whereas, from autumn to spring, it functions as a spectacular ice-skating rink surrounded by the sea.
Further ahead, the Siberia Gate (Porta Siberia), which dates from the 1500s, stands along the Old Pier (Molo Vecchio) on the left; whilst, the Cotton Warehouses (Magazzini del Cotone) dominate on the right.
This building, whose interior has been redeveloped, is the focal point for Genoa’s most ambitious projects:the Conference Centre (Centro Congressi), exceptional for its seating capacity, services and location; the Sea and Navigation Pavilion (Padiglione del Mare e della Navigazione), a distinguished museum - the most important of its kind in Italy - dedicated to seamanship from the 16th century to the present day; the Children’s City (Città dei bambini), Italy’s largest recreational-didactic-educational centre for children aged 3 to 14.
The piers, the very names of which recall the ancient glories of the Maritime Republic of Genoa, are lined with boats which offer a selection of itineraries: a tour of the port, a boat trip with panoramic visit to the famous Lighthouse (Lanterna), symbol of the city or the Tigullio Gulf with its gems (Portofino and Santa Margherita) and, in the lesser-known Western Riviera, the lush Pallavicini Park (Parco Pallavicini) in Pegli, with its breathtaking scenery.
Genoa seen from the sea is certainly a unique experience: it can be viewed from the Bigo, a striking rotating panoramic elevator designed by the internationally renowned Genoese architect Renzo Piano.
From here, above the roofs of the 17th-century buildings, the city “doorway to the sea”
shows itself 360-degrees in all its beauty.
But Genoa should also be viewed from further up.
Just behind the Historical Port, a short walk through the picturesque cobbled streets of Europe’s largest historical centre will lead you into Piazza Portello.
From here the Castelletto Elevator takes you in a few minutes to one of the city’s most scenic spots: the Belvedere Montaldo.
Near Piazza Portello, in Piazza Della Zecca, a spectacular cablecar runs at almost a right angle up the hill of Righi which boasts a magnificent view of Genoa and the entire Ligurian Gulf.
A scenic route departs from this spot and winds through the Peralto Park (Parco del Peralto),
which is dominated by the Sperone Fortress (Forte Sperone).
This ancient fortress, which lies 512 metres above sea level, is part of a group of Genoese Forts connected by the 17th-century circle of New Walls (Mura Nuove) which crown the city.
Thirteen kilometres - long, this wall is second worldwide only to the Great Wall of China.
Alternatively, those who wish to stroll by the sea can go to Boccadasse, a charming seaside village in the city that has inspired artists, poets and writers.
Or why not take a walk along the “promenade” of Corso Italia, a bathing area close to the city centre and the Fiera di Genova where international exhibitions are held, such as the International Boat Show which takes place each year in October.
On your way back to the Cruise Terminal you can visit the Galata - Museo del Mare (10) located in the newly redeveloped Darsena area.The magnificent Palazzo San Giorgio , today the seat of the Port Authority, overlooks the Historical Port.
The ancient edifice is a fine example of civic public architecture:
the original part, built by Frate Oliverio for the People’s Captain Guglielmo Boccanegra, dates from 1260 and, in the 15th century, was assigned to the Bank of San Giorgio, official organ of the Government’s national debt and major political-financial power, initially of the Medieval City-State and subsequently of the Republic.
Toward Piazza Banchi  not far beyond Sottoripa - the “Ripa Maris”, Italy’s most ancient portico which today accommodates typical Genoese shops - stands the 16th-century Loggia dei Mercanti (Merchants’ Loggia) and, opposite, the distinctive facade of the Church of San Pietro in Banchi.
The route, strewn with niches and shrines, ornamental panels over doorways and marble reliefs, is lined with historic shops and bars, inviting places in which to stop. Just beyond, via Orefici, Piazza Soziglia and Piazza Campetto, renovated in the 16th century, represent one of the oldest areas in the city.
Buildings worthy of note are the 14th - century Palazzo Casareto de Mari, and the 17th - century Imperial Palace (Palazzo Imperiale), with spectacular grotesque decorations.
Nearby, the beautiful medieval “nobleman’s quarter” of the Doria family, located by the elegant Church and Cloister of San Matteo, should be meticulously visited.
Continuing up along the cobbled streets, you reach the majestic Piazza De Ferrari, the heart of Genoa.
In this square stands the grandiose Palazzo Ducale, ancient residence of the Doges built in 1339, mostly on medieval remains.
Expanded and transformed during the second half of the 1500s, following its recent restoration, it ranks today as Italy’s largest polyvalent arts centre, featuring areas dedicated to exhibitions, cultural events and business activities.
All this only a few metres from the prestigious state - of - the - art Carlo Felice Opera House, which was rebuilt in 1991.
Piazza De Ferrari leads into the central Via XX Settembre which, with its side streets and Corso Buenos Aires, is the city’s shopping area for excellence with fashionable stores to cater for all tastes, and with an assortment of bars and restaurants.
Further ahead, the medieval Towers of Porta Soprana rise above the original house of Christopher Columbus and the ancient Cloister of Sant’Andrea.
The imposing circle of medieval walls, dating from the 12th century, lead into the graceful Piazza Sarzano where the Museum of Sant’Agostino houses a thousand years of sculpture in a beautifully restored ancient convent.
Returning to Piazza De Ferrari, why not walk along the elegant 19th-century Via Roma, lined with sophisticated boutiques which sell exclusive Italian designer labels, just like the adjoining Galleria Mazzini. This arcade leads to the handsome Piazza Corvetto set between two parks: Villetta di Negro, which contains the splendours of the Edoardo Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art , and the Acquasola Garden.
A short walk and your eyes behold the large graceful square of Piazza Fontane Marose, surrounded by distiguished edifices such as Palazzo Pallavicini, Ballestrino, Spinola dei Marmi, Cambiaso and Gambaro. Running off the Piazza, the renowned “Via Aurea” (Golden Road) - Via Garibaldi - is lined with magnificent palaces and museums, in addition to the art galleries located in Palazzo Rosso  - aristocratic residence of the Brignole Sale family - and Palazzo Bianco, home to an art collection which spans from the 15th to the 18th century.
Nearby, Palazzo Grimaldi Spinola, the National Gallery, former residence of important Genoese families such as the Grimaldi and the Spinola, and the Risorgimento Museum, formerly the birthplace of Giuseppe Mazzini, are open to the public.
Via Cairoli leads into Largo della Zecca and the 17th-century Via Balbi with the magnificent Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace), formerly known as Palazzo Balbi Durazzo Pallavicini and today seat of the National Museum.
And here you are once again in the vicinity of the Cruise Terminal.
Before returning to the terminal, take the opportunity to visit the exceptionally beautiful Commenda di Prèwhich gave hospitality to pilgrims departing for the Holy Land.
The palace of Prince Doria Pamphili, former court of the Republic of Genoa, faces the “Ponte dei Mille” Cruise Terminal.

Side City centre, historcal centre, Aquarium, Portofino, Santa Margherita, Rapallo, Strada Nuova Musesumsancient city and Manavgat Waterfall, Aspendos and Perge ancient cities, Alarahan Caravanserai, Koprulu Canyon, Jeep Safari on Taurus Mountains, Dim River and Dim Cave, Iotape, Gazipasa, Anemurium ancient city and Mamure Castle.

Tourist Information
Local Population 600,000
Time (GMT+/-): +1
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Banking hours (morning): From 08:15 to 13:20
Banking hours (afternoon): From 14:30 to 16:00
Credit cards: Yes
Accepts Travellers Cheques: No
Shopping hours (morning): From 08:30 to 13:00
Shopping hours (afternoon): From 15:30 to 19:30
Public holidays: 1/1, 6/1, Easter, 25/4, 1/5, 2/6, 24/6, 15/8, 1/11, 8/12, 25/12, 26/12
Shops are open on Saturdays: Yes
Shops are open on Sundays: Yes
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