Genoa MORE THAN THIS - The Sea Closest to EXPO 2015

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If visiting the Milan Expo is in your plans, give yourself a few more days to visit Genoa, the seaside city closest to Expo 2015. Only 145 km. away and just two hours’ travel from Expo, Genoa is an authentic city with mysterious charm that will win you over.

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Genoa is an ideal destination for families and for art-lovers and history-lovers, for those who adore culture. Moreover, its breathtaking landscapes spread on one side toward the sea, on the other to the hills; it is a romantic place to spend a weekend with that special person.

There is an entirely pedestrian neighborhood right on the waterfront; it was completely redesigned by the famous Genoese architect Renzo Piano. This area is lively year-round with restaurants, bars, shops, children’s areas for play and the Bigo – a panoramic elevator over the city – and Eataly. In the Porto Antico, you can also find the biggest Aquarium in Europe with 15,000 animals from 400 species and the new Cetacean pavilion where Goccia (Drop), the dolphin cub, was born last fall, and where she plays with her mom. Nearby is the Biosphere – a floating sphere with a tropical garden inside. And then there is Città dei Bambini e dei ragazzi (City for Children and Kids) – a large structure dedicated to play, science and technology for children aged 2 to 12.

Still in the Porto Antico area are departure points for excursions heading to the Sanctuary of the Cetaceans for whale- and dolphin-watching, accompanied by an expert guide and without disturbing the animals in their natural habitat!

Something for the whole family: the Galata, the biggest Museum of the Sea in the Mediterranean with a life-size reconstruction of a galley ship from the 1600s and many multi-medial and interactive rooms where you can be a crew member or experience the perfect storm. Docked in the body of water in front of the museum, the Nazario Sauro submarine awaits you.

Genoa is a city of art on the sea with a priceless historical, artistic and architectural heritage. 42 Rolli Palaces and the Strade Nuove (the new streets that today are via Garibaldi, via Cairoli and via Balbi) are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Museums of Strada Nuova comprise a unique network of museums, with works by Rubens, Van Dick, Veronese, Caravaggio, Guido Reni and artists of the Genovese school of the XVI and XVII centuries. With the Museum card you have free access to a good 22 city museums with further discounts on other tourist attractions and services in town.

A nice tour of the historical center offers thrills at every turn: patrician palaces and splendid churches alternate with historical shops, some of which have been in business for more than one hundred years.

Genoa is a vertical city wedged between the mountains and the sea, with unique, unforgettable landscapes. Don’t miss the view on the rooftops of the city from the panoramic terrace of Castelletto, which may be reached with a Liberty-style elevator. On clear days, you can spot Corsica, the Portofino Promontory, and the whole Gulf of Genoa is at your feet. Attend a performance at the arena on the sea, illuminated by the lights of the ships that are coming in to dock.

The fishing village of Boccadasse, close to the city center, with its pastel-colored houses all huddled together around the little bay, has remained virtually untouched over time. The great charm of this place is due to the fact that it is a lively, vital neighborhood where some fishermen continue their centuries-old traditional profession. Today, there are also gelato shops, restaurants and art galleries.

The Passeggiata di Nervi (Nervi boardwalk) is a terrace hanging over the sea, cut into the rock. On one side, the rocky cliff is dotted with agave and aloe plants; on the other side, the green of the Park of Nervi. A beautiful view, with the horizon that stretches from Portofino to the western Ligurian coast.

Of course, in Genoa there are many delicious foods to try that will make your stay unforgettable. First and foremost, it is the historical capital of street food with fragrant, soft focaccia, just out of the oven! And then there is pesto, known and loved throughout the world (it is the favorite dish of the American President’s daughters!), which is now a candidate to become part of the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage.

There are many more things still to say about Genoa – a city with a thousands of things to do for a marvelous vacation. On the site you can find even more, as well as good bargains for reserving your vacation in Genoa.

What are you waiting for? Reserve your vacation in Genoa today!


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