In the center of the Italian Riviera, Genoa is an industrial port city that’s a little rough around the edges. It is known primarily as the birthplace of Columbus – you can visit his tall Gothic home near the Porta Soprana. The city has numerous piazzas, churches, a medieval inner city, Renaissance buildings, a big aquarium and a large port (rebuilt in 1992 as a part of the 500th anniversary of the voyages of Columbus) that serves as the departure point for many of the luxury cruises of the Mediterranean. However, it is a typical poor port town, and the areas near the water are filled with seedy bars and dodgy characters. If your time is limited, it may be better spent elsewhere. 97 mi/156 km south of Milan.
Getting to Italy
Restaurants in Italy
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