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Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Genoa

Les Rouges

One of Genova's surfeit of crumbling palazzi is being put to excellent use in this atmospheric cocktail bar. Three bearded, vest-wearing, red-headed brothers – the 'rouges' of the name – man the floor and shake up t…
Top Choice Seafood in Genoa

Il Marin

Eating by the water often means a compromise in quality, but Eataly's 3rd-floor fine-dining space delivers both panoramic port views and Genoa's most innovative seafood menu. Rustic wooden tables, Renzo Piano–blesse…
Top Choice Homewares in Genoa

Via Garibaldi 12

Even if you're not in the market for designer homewares, it's worth trotting up the noble stairs here just to be reminded how splendid a city Genoa can be. There's an incredibly canny collection of contemporary furn…
Top Choice Palace in Genoa

Palazzo Reale

If you only get the chance to visit one of the Palazzi dei Rolli (a 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…
Top Choice Bar in Corniglia

La Scuna

Vinyl, beer and a panoramic terrace? This bastion of hipsterdom comes as a surprise in this most traditional of regions but Andrea's welcome is warm and the beers on tap are both cold and a cut way above bottled Per…
Museum in Genoa

Musei di Strada Nuova

Skirting the northern edge of what was once the city limits, pedestrianised Via Garibaldi (formerly called the Strada Nuova) was planned by Galeazzo Alessi in the 16th century. It quickly became the city's most soug…
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…
Church in San Fruttuoso

Abbazia di San Fruttuoso di Capodimonte

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 assistance o…
Museum in Genoa

Galata Museo del Mare

Rivalled only by Barcelona and Venice as a medieval and Renaissance maritime power, Genoa's 'museum of the sea' is, not surprisingly, one of its most relevant and interesting. High-tech exhibits trace the history of…
Castle in Portofino

Castello Brown

A flight of stairs signposted 'Salita San Giorgio' leads from the harbour and past the Chiesa di San Giorgio to Portofino's unusual castle, a 10-minute walk altogether (do confirm its open with the tourist office be…