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Musei di Strada Nuova

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...

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Grotta di Byron

At the end of the quay, a Cinque Terre panorama unfolds from the rocky terraces of a cave formerly known as Grotta Arpaia. Lord Byron once swam across the gulf from here to Lerici to visit the resident Shelleys...

Top ChoicePalace in Genoa

Palazzo Reale

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...

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Wolfsoniana

Some 18,000 items from the period 1880–1945 are displayed in the Wolfson Collection, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, decorative arts, propaganda, everyday objects and industrial design. Absolute...

Area in Genoa

Old City

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...

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...

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...

Village in Genoa

Boccadasse

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...

Gallery in Savona

Museo d'Arte di Palazzo Gavotti

Set amid two adjoining palazzi, Savona's premier art collection features an impressive collection of paintings dating all the way back to the 14th century, including Madonna and Child by Taddeo di Bartolo, The...

Gardens in Ventimiglia

Giardini Botanici Hanbury

Established in 1867 by English businessman Sir Thomas Hanbury, the 18-hectare Villa Hanbury estate is planted with 5800 botanical species from five continents, including cacti, palm groves and citrus orchards....

Church in San Fruttuoso

Abbazia di San Fruttuoso

The hamlet's sensitively restored Benedictine abbey was built as a final resting place for Bishop St Fructuosus of Tarragona, martyred in Spain in AD 259. It was rebuilt in the mid-13th century with the...

Church in Porto Venere

Chiesa di San Pietro

This stunning wind- and wave-lashed church, built in 1198 in Gothic style, stands on the ruins of a 5th-century palaeo-Christian church, with its extant floor still partially visible. Before its Christianisation,...

Beach in Levanto

Spiaggia di Levanto

One of the best beaches within easy reach of Cinque Terre, Levanto's seaside is long and wide, and flanked by green hills sloping down to the wave-kissed shoreline. Like most other beaches in the Italian Riviera,...

Museum in Genoa

Palazzo Bianco

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...

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...

Gardens in Santa Margherita Ligure

Villa Durazzo

This exquisitely turned-out mansion and gardens, part of a 16th-century castle complex, overlooks the sea. In the lavish Italian gardens, you can take an aromatic stroll among lemon trees, hydrangea and camellia...

Historic Site in San Remo

La Pigna

San Remo's little-visited old town is a labyrinth of quiet, twisting lanes set on a hilltop just above the bustling centre. Get there by taking Via Santo Stefano uphill and losing yourself among the cobblestone...

Beach in Riomaggiore

Fossola Beach

This small pebbly beach is immediately southeast of Riomaggiore marina. Take the short trail that leads just past the harbour to get here. The shore is rugged and delightfully secluded from the village (though it...

Harbour in Vernazza

Vernazza Harbour

Cinque Terre’s only natural harbour has breathtaking views out over the water, and provides the best open-air amusement in Vernazza. Here you can bask on a tiny beach, head off on a boat trip, or just linger over...

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 the Palazzo Grillo hotel but has a separate...