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About Genoa

Genoa: the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and Paganini, Italy’s biggest port and, as Charles Dickens remarked in 1844 "A city of the strangest contrasts." Renaissance palaces, grand 19th-century boulevards and gilded Baroque churches are squeezed alongside, and on top of, a warren of steep medieval streets. Fine restaurants and chic bars are hidden in the narrow alleys. Genoa is made for exploring and getting lost in the medieval quarter – one of Europe’s largest – and is all part of the experience. With one of the biggest universities in Italy, Genoa’s student population guarantees a buzzing nightlife.

View of the town of Genoa in Italy
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Good to know

Public Transport

Walking is the only form of transport possible in the historic centre of Genoa – the streets are too narrow for cars. Having said that, the bus system is extensive and the ticket is valid for 90 minutes (you can buy it at newsstands). The public transport service in Genoa is run by a company called AMT.

Genoa has a subway system, indicated by a red M that currently has 8 stops. You will find automatic ticket machines in all the stations, valid for 90 minutes or the whole day.

In addition to the funicular, Genoa also has elevators for locals who live uphill. There are a number of these around the city and the standard AMT tickets are valid!


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