Genoa Travel Guide

Built on a history that saw it take an important role as a maritime and trading centre, Genoa is a city that offers a wealth of fine old buildings, excellent museums and scenic rural areas; the combination of which makes an aesthetic fricassee that few culture seekers can remain impervious to.

Down in the city’s port district, a medieval ambience presides, created by winding cobbled streets down which a plethora of charming structures are to be found. The 12th century Cattedrale di San Lorenzo with its splendid chapel is located in this area. The cathedral is believed to have once hosted the ashes of St John the Baptist.

Piazza de Ferrari is an integral part of the port area and, as a focal point of the city, is perhaps most famous as the alleged birthplace of renowned explorer Christopher Columbus. The Museo del Tesoro is to be found in this area and is known for its unique collection of religious artifacts, which include an alleged lock of hair from the Virgin Mary, a piece of Christ’s crucifix and a vessel from the Last Supper.


Acquario di Genova: housed in a building resembling a ship, Genoa’s impressive aquarium facility offers over 50 displays of marine life with specimens collected from oceans across the globe.

Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola: in 1958, the Spinola family donated its magnificent residence and impressive art collection to the city of Genoa.

Galleria di Palazzo Rosso: a fine collection of artwork is on display at this at this lavish 17th century palace, known as the Red Palace.

Galleria di Palazzo Bianco: built by and once home to the powerful Grimaldi family, the magnificent White Palace houses the most notable collection of art in Genoa.