Where to sleep in Genoa: best neighborhoods to stay

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Sleeping in Genoa means staying in one of the largest historical centers in all of Europe. Its narrow alleys, medieval monuments, baroque buildings, splendid art galleries and local artisan shops make this Italian city an exceptional place to spend a holiday.

Genoa was one of the four most important maritime republics of the Middle Ages, and for centuries, one of the most powerful states in Europe. The history of Genoa dates back to prehistoric times when its port was an important trading center for the Etruscans and the Romans.

However, it was during the Middle Ages that Genoa reached its greatest splendor becoming the main naval power in the Mediterranean area. Its wealth, a legacy of its commercial power, is still visible in its imposing and ornate palaces, lavishly decorated churches and majestic squares.

In the city there is no shortage of areas where you can go shopping or stroll along the beautiful promenade in the Nervi area.

Genoa hosts the Cristoforo Colombo airport which serves not only the city but also all of Liguria, offering numerous national and international flights to easily reach the rest of Italy and other European cities.

The two main stations of the city, Genoa Brignole e Prince Square, offer excellent rail links with the cities of northern Italy, Rome and France.

Genoa is a vast city located between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, with steep terrain, steep slopes and areas that are difficult to access on foot. Fortunately, the city has a excellent urban transport system which includes buses, regional trains, a subway line and several funicular lines, as well as some public elevators.

Where sleeping in Genoa

Genoa is one of the most important cities to visit in the Liguria region and thanks to its size and location it is one of the best cities to stay in to find cheap accommodation near the Cinque Terre, Portovenere, Santa Margherita Ligure and other nearby towns. In Genoa there is a wide range of accommodation, for all tastes and budgets.

The old port area and its historic center are the best area to sleep in Genoa, because you are close to its most important attractions.

However if you are traveling by car or you want to rent a car it is better to sleep outside the historic center, many of its areas are restricted traffic areas, so you cannot enter them by car, and several streets are pedestrianized. Hotels outside the historic center are generally larger, more modern and generally cheaper.

Historic Centre

The historic center of Genoa is one of the largest and most attractive historic centers in Europe, with an extraordinary network of narrow streets of medieval origin, called "caruggi", dotted with palaces and churches. UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2006, this area consists of the Molo, the medieval quarter, and from Maddalena, the baroque quarter.

The pier it is one of the most picturesque districts of the old city of Genoa. It is filled with historic buildings, winding streets, architectural wonders and museums. As you wander around this area, you get an idea of ​​what the city looked like a long time ago.

La Maddalena instead it is a bit more modern, and this is reflected in the architecture and its buildings. It is not the cheapest area to sleep in Genoa, but its B & Bs and hotels are elegant and comfortable.

Staying in this area of ​​Genoa is ideal for visiting the city, as you are close to all the important places to visit. Among the things that can be visited in its alleys are:

  • la Cathedral of San Lorenzo, which with its different styles is one of the most sumptuous buildings in the whole city,
  • il Red Palace and that White with amazing halls and a stunning art gallery,
  • ex illustrious seat of the government of the Republic of Genoa, the Ducal Palace today it hosts the largest cultural center in Italy and numerous exhibitions,
  • Palazzo Spinola, from the XNUMXth century which houses one of the most beautiful art museums in Genoa,
  • the numerous churches of the old town,
  • il Sant'Agostino Museum which preserves sculptures, frescoes and the remains of tombstones ranging from the XNUMXth to the XNUMXth century.

If you choose the area of ​​the historic center to sleep in Genoa you will have it all kinds of services at your fingertips: recreation areas, restaurants and shops. The most important commercial streets of the city are Via XX Settembre and Via Roma, both located in this same area.

The historic center of Genoa is quite large, so it is best to check the location of the hotel before booking (the best areas are those adjacent to the port of Genoa, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, or one of the metro stations).

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Around the port

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To the west of the medieval area of ​​Genoa is the Porto Antico or the old port of the city, which in recent decades has been renovated to become the tourist center of the Ligurian capital.

The Old Port of Genoa is today one of the most touristic places in the city. Here are some of the main attractions of the city, including theGenova's aquarium Biosphere, the Galata Museo del Mare, one of the most interesting museums in Genoa, and many others.

Moored at the quay, there is also a reproduction of a old Spanish vessel of the sixteenth century. “The Neptune” was built in 1986 specifically for Roman Polanski's film “Pirates”. Today the ship is a tourist attraction in the port.

The Lantern of Genoa is located west of the port, at the entrance to the modern port of Sampierdarena). It was built in the 77th century, and with its XNUMX meters it is the highest lighthouse in the Mediterranean and the second in Europe. The lighthouse houses a museum dedicated to the history of Genoa and offers an impressive panoramic view of the harbor and the city.

Therefore, if your intention is to visit the city, this is the best place to sleep in Genoa, as you can walk to most of the tourist attractions. In addition the Genova Brignole railway station it's just under 10 minutes away.

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Sleeping in Genoa near the train station

Piazza Principe is the main railway station of Genoa. It is located north of the historic center and from here you can take a high-speed train to reach almost every part of Italy and other parts of Europe.

Near Piazza Principe, there are several charming medieval streets similar to those that make up the historic center. In its alleys there are many cafes, boutiques and trattorias.

This area is cheaper than other neighborhoods, and is close enough to the old port, so it can be considered a great base to stay.

Genova Brignole station instead it is located east of the historic center of Genoa and is the second most important station in the city, after Piazza Principe. Brignole operates direct trains to southern Liguria and other nearby regions, including those to La Spezia, Cinque Terre, Firenze e Pisa. It is also an excellent connection point for the city of Portofino.

The area around the station is more elegant than that of its counterpart Piazza Principe and includes numerous residential buildings, office skyscrapers and commercial areas.

Brignole is one of the best areas to sleep in Genoa thanks to its excellent location and the cosmopolitan atmosphere.

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If you are looking for a atypical and charming neighborhood to sleep in Genoa, head towards Boccadasse. It is a charming fishing village east of Genoa (an hour away on foot or 15 minutes by car from Porto Antico).

It is similar to a postcard, a succession of colorful houses overlooking the sea, a simply sublime environment. A very popular destination in summer, the village has a small pebble beach and many cafes and restaurants with terraces.

This area of ​​Genoa is theideal for taking peaceful walks by the sea and relax on its beaches after visiting the historic center of Genoa. There are no large hotels here, however it is possible to rent apartments and villas for quite reasonable prices.

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The Nervi district is located about 7 km east of the center of Genoa. It was once a fishing village, but it became part of Genoa a long time ago. Although not the most central neighborhood to sleep in Genoa, Nervi is without a doubt the most picturesque area of ​​the city.

It is a coastal suburb that offers breathtaking views along the coast and a peaceful atmosphere that attracts peace-loving visitors.

Nervi's pride is there Anita Garibaldi walk, a 2km walkway along towering cliffs over the Mediterranean Sea. Its spectacular views make it one of the most beautiful walks in Italy.

Nervi is connected to the rest of the city by frequent regional trains that connect it to Brignole in just under 20 minutes.

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