Genoa attractions

Top Choice Museum in Genoa

Musei di Strada Nuova

Skirting the northern edge of the old city limits, pedestrianised Via Garibaldi (formerly Strada Nuova) was planned by Galeazzo Alessi in the 16th century. It quickly became the most sought-after quarter, lined with…
Top Choice Palace in Genoa

Palazzo Reale

If you only get the chance to visit one of the Palazzi dei Rolli (group of palaces belonging to the city's most eminent families), make it this one. A former residence of the Savoy dynasty, it has terraced gardens, …
Area in Genoa

Old City

The heart of medieval Genoa – bounded by ancient city gates Porta dei Vacca and Porta Soprana, and the streets of Via Cairoli, Via Garibaldi and Via XXV Aprile – is famed for its caruggi (narrow lanes). Looking up a…
Museum in Genoa

Palazzo Rosso

Lavishly frescoed rooms in Palazzo Rosso, part of the Musei di Strada Nuova, provide the backdrop for several portraits by Van Dyck of the local Brignole–Sale family. Other standouts include Guido Reni’s San Sebasti…
Museum in Genoa

Castello d'Albertis

Dating from the late 19th century, this neo-Gothic beauty does indeed resemble a castle, and houses an astonishing array of ethnographic artefacts from around the globe. Italian navigator, writer and philanthropist …
Village in Genoa

Boccadasse

When the sun is shining, do as the Genovese do and decamp for a passeggiata (late afternoon stroll) along the oceanside promenade, Corso Italia, which begins around 3km east of the city centre. This broad 2.5km-long…
Viewpoint in Genoa

Spianata Castelletto

The best way to admire the beauty of Genoa is to head to the hills above the city centre. This leafy lookout provides some of the best views over la Superba within easy reach, and locals gather here on weekends for …
Museum in Genoa

Palazzo Bianco

Flemish, Spanish and Italian artists feature at Palazzo Bianco, the second of the triumvirate of palazzi that are together known as the Musei di Strada Nuova. Rubens’ Venere e Marte (Venus and Mars) and Van Dyck’s V…
Gallery in Genoa

Primo Piano

A beautiful historical space that runs a program of modern and contemporary shows along interesting curatorial themes. The focus is often on photography. It's part of Palazzo Grillo hotel but has a separate backstre…
Cathedral in Genoa

Cattedrale di San Lorenzo

Genoa's zebra-striped Gothic–Romanesque cathedral owes its continued existence to the poor quality of a British WWII bomb that failed to ignite here in 1941; it still sits on the right side of the nave like an innoc…