Collected by Jennifer Baross
Via di Sottoripa, 27/R, 16124 Genova GE, Italy
Did you know that Pesto originated in Genoa, a historically rich city on the Liguria coast of Italy? If you ever find yourself wandering in this beautiful city, you are in for a gastronomic delight. The street food in Genoa is to die for, and it’s...
Funicolare Zecca-Righi, 16136 Genova GE, Italy
I love the funicular trains of Genoa, built at an angle to take you up the steep mountains. Take the Zecca-Righi line to the top for an incredible panorama of the city, and walk down into the center through narrow alleys, passing tiny gardens and...
Via di Canneto Il Curto, 54-56r, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
Turn down the little Via di Canneto, and you can't miss this focacceria on your left. The line will literally always be out the door, especially in the morning hours. But the wait is worth every minute (and the amazingly kind women working inside...
Calata Molo Vecchio, 15, 16128 Genova GE, Italy
Board a boat in the old harbor of Porto Antico and spend the day in the Italian sunshine observing the natural habitat of the International Cetacean Sanctuary. In four hours, and with the help of the onboard marine biologist, you are likely to...
Piazza San Lorenzo, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
Easter (or Pasqua, in Italian) is a gorgeous time to visit Genova. Enjoy the delicious breads and cakes made especially for this season, tour the beautiful 14th century Cathedral of St Lorenzo, and enjoy a spring time boat ride to the neighboring...
Vico Cicala, 3, 16124 Genova GE, Italy
While you can never go wrong with a tried and true cone of pistacchio e nocciola (pistachio and hazelnut) gelato, opt instead for one (or two or six) of the small 'bicchierini' here at Gelateria Excelsa for a few bites of different delicious...
Corso Dogali, 18, 16136 Genova GE, Italy
Built on the foundations of a 16th century fortification, the Museo delle Culture del Mondo is housed in the 19th century Castello D'Albertis - the private home of the global traveler and collector of antiquities. Veer off the standard art/church...
Viale Mojon, 1 R, 16122 Genova GE, Italy
A few times a year, Pietro Romanengo Fu Stefano (in the confectionary business in Genoa since 1780!) opens up its "factory" doors to small tours. If you happen to be in town during one of these days, you must go. After a brief explanation of the...
Piazza Corvetto, 3 r, 16122 Genova GE, Italy
Founded in 1867, Cafe Mangini is a gorgeous homage to the literary and artistic 'salons' of Genoa's past: stucco ceilings, art-nouveau mirrors, and a checkerboard floor that has lasted for nearly 150 years. Located at the end of the beautiful...
Vico del Ferro, 16124 Genova GE, Italy
With a long history of wondering what meat was actually being purchased when pre-butchered, the Italians developed a perfect system for ensuring accuracy - keep the head on! Thus, when shopping still today for chickens or quail or rabbits in...
Via S. Giorgio, 14/R, 16128 Genova GE, Italy
Pop into any bakery or cafeteria, and you will find their glass cases full of vegetable tarts - the light pastries incasing a quiche-like filling: eggs, cheese, and the vegetable of your liking. I love the zucca (pumpkin), and the carciofi...
Vico Caprettari, 14 r, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
Looking to have an authentic old-world barbershop experience? If so, come visit the tiny (only 10 total square meters!) Barbiere near the ancient port. Originally opened in 1882, the barber shop was renovated by the owner's son in 1922 to the art...
Piazza merli 5, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
Half boutique, half workshop, the women who run L'aria del mare are truly artists themselves. Working to keep the handmade traditions of woodblock fabric stamping and hand-thrown ceramics alive, they sell gorgeous examples of both arts. Of special...
Piazza di Pellicceria, 1, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
Tucked deep in the heart of the ancient city, this is an easy Palazzo to miss—but don't miss it. My favorite of the Genovese museums, five floors of this massive palace are dedicated to the history and splendor of Genoa—the first three being the...
Via di Ravecca, 72/R, 16128 Genova GE, Italy
One of the most abundant focaccerias in town, Panifico Patrone has been baking bread in this very oven since 1920 - and you can taste it. Ask for a piece of the focaccia con formaggio (cheese) - it will be soft and gooey and incredibly messy...
Via di Porta Soprana, 15-R, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
Drop by Antico Forno Ursida on your way to Cathedral San Lorenzo for a fantastic, oily, crispy-yet-tender focaccia - but just make sure to come early, as she is often sold out of the best treats by 10am. And make sure you take a second to enjoy...
Vico Inferiore del Ferro, 5, 16124 Genova GE, Italy
Genoa history recounts Torrefazione Fratelli Boasi as the only shop that was allowed to sell coffee during the steep rationing that occurred during the Second World War (can you even imagine the lines that must have wound down this tiny alley??) -...
Via XX Settembre, Genova GE, Italy
While most of the shops located under the arcades of Via XX Settembre are chains (like Zara, H&M, etc), you can find a few local boutique gems as well - and the covered area makes a perfect afternoon for shopping out of the rain! (You can also...
Via di Fossatello, 35r, 16124 Genova GE, Italy
Since 1880, Amaretti di Voltaggio has been serving coffee, pastries, and liquor in this gorgeous shop a few blocks from Porto Antico. The shop/bar opens at 8am, so come early for a table outside (the people watching along this street is superb),...
Via Galata, 31R, 16121 Genova GE, Italy
Since 1890, Pasticceria Tagliafico has been making delicious, traditional Genovese pastries and cakes (including the candied-fruit studded Pandolce). Located across the street from the main Mercato Orientale, this lovely large pastry shop offers...
16034 Portofino, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy
Getting to Portofino from Genoa is quite easy. Take the train from Genoa's Brignole Station to Santa Margherita Ligure, and then catch the 82 bus to Portofino (a 12-minute trip around the bay). While I'm not a huge bus person, this is one of the...
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