Genoa, which spreads inland from the coast for more than 35 kilometres, has the largest port in Italy. This old, noble city is the capital of the Region of Liguria and one of the four longstanding 'Marine Republics'. It was the starting point of trade with both Asia and Africa and therefore had suffered great struggles, rivalries and dominations until 1815, when it was handed over to the Savoys.
The narrow, windy roads that run up and down the Old City are a reminder of its glorious medieval past. The Renaissance is represented by charming squares, arcades, churches and palaces. The city's symbol is a large lighthouse known as the "Lanterna".
In the 1992, the city's old port was renovated in honour of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America. Italy's famous architect Renzo Piano breathed new life into this rundown area by creating an elegant conference centre and a magnificent Aquarium, as well as revitalizing some of the city's most important historical buildings including the Ducal Palace, the "Palazzo San Giorgio"and the Carlo Felice Theatre.
Genova, like all sea towns, is full of life and movement and is known as "the city of the aperitif". It is the perfect place to enjoy a wide range of both culture (it was nominated European City of Culture in 2004) and entertainment.
For your visit to this city, among all Genoa Hotels, we have selected the Hotel Continental, an Art Nouveau hotel that aims to satisfy all the needs of its guests. It is located near the train station and is within walking distance of all the city's attractions.