A maritime stronghold through the ages, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, Niccolò Paganini and pesto, Italy’s largest seaport was destined to woo the curious traveller. As capital of the region of Liguria, Genoa is a proud coastal city, eager to show off its cultural offerings.
A trip to Genoa is never complete without a visit to the typical caruggi (Genoese alleyways) or to the seaside district of Boccadasse. Walk the fresco-lined halls of one of the most ornate noble palazzi (palaces) of the city, the Palazzo Rosso. Owned by the Brignole-Sale family, the residence in the old town was bequeathed to the city to showcase its splendor. Masters of the 17th Century like Dürer, Veronese and Van Dyck have all left their mark. To top it all off, a visit to the roof of the residence provides panoramic views of the entire city.
In light of 2015's Milan Expo and its theme, ‘Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life,’ a host of museums and Genoese cultural institutions go food-mad, paying tribute to culinary influences in art and Italian culture. For the die-hard foodie, this is a must!
Come June, a sea of white fills the coast as thousands compete in the annual Millevele (thousand sails) sailing regatta. Onshore, the summer months can be whiled away at the old port redesigned by Genoese local, star architect Renzo Piano – with an aquarium, museums and a rocking concert area to boot.
Genoa is also one of our many port destinations. If you plan to come to your guided tour(s) by cruise ship, we would be more than happy to arrange for your transfer and arrival!
Take in the nautical charms of Genoa on a tour with Milk and Honey. Simply bellissimo!