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 a bit of gelato-licking and bench sitting against a magnificent backdrop of city, hills and sea. Get there via the art-vouveau lift on the Piazza del Portello, or take the steep lane/staircase of Salita San Gerolamu.

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Nearby Genoa attractions

1. Palazzo Doria-Tursi


This palace, one of three that together make up the Musei di Strada Nuova, features a small but absorbing collection of legendary violinist Niccolò…

2. 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…

3. 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…

4. Palazzo Rosso

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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…

5. Museo d'Arte Orientale

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Just east of Via Garibaldi, a path from Piazza Corvetto twists through terraced gardens to one of Europe's largest collections of Japanese art, bringing…

6. Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola


This gallery's paintings are wonderfully displayed over four floors of the 16th-century Palazzo Spinola, once owned by the Spinola family, one of Genoa's…

7. Old City

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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…

8. Primo Piano

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A beautiful historical space that runs a program of modern and contemporary shows along interesting curatorial themes. The focus is often on photography…