Genoa + the STUNNING Cinque Terra

Trip Start Jul 03, 2010
Trip End Aug 02, 2010

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Flag of Italy  , Italian Riviera,
Friday, July 16, 2010

Genoa (Genova in Italian) isn't the best town to visit but it does have its moments.  An ancient port town, it is home to pesto and foccacias it has some VERY impressive mansions, all UNESCO protected.  Walking down that area made Toorak and Brighton look like Cranbourne...okay maybe not but there were some very rich houses.  The main piazza of Genoa, Piazza de Ferrari was impressive too with a massive fountain spraying water everywhere...very refreshing.  I guess the main drawcard for Genoa is its aquarium, the largest in Europe, unfortunately we were too cheap to pay so we didn't go in =P.  The streets of the old town was also fun to roam around in and some of them were narrow indeed, medieval like.  Ooooh, that's right, Genoa is the hometown of Christopher Columbus and we had a quick stop over at his house, his ACTUAL house!  Just outside of the old city gates, was quite cool, quite cool indeed (btw Genoa is known for the amount of intact city walls and gates, of which there were a lot!).  Had some nice gelati after that (apricot...mmm) and topped off the day with some South American styled chicken, yummy (felt very awkward tho being surrounded by their whole family, we clearly did not belong XD)

On the second day we took a day trip to the Cinque Terra (5 lands) and that place really was amazing.  They're these five quaint Italian towns (okay not so quaint when filled with tourists...but whatevers =P) built right up to the edge of cliffs bordering a lovely stretch of the Mediterranean sea.  It's one of those places you have to see yourself to get the full impressiveness because the pictures are woefully inadequate.  The water was wonderful, oh so clear and the temperature was just right.  Warm enough to just dive in but not so warm that you felt like you were in a bath.  The trails that we did (the two easiest ones) were nice too and the views of the towns as we approached/left them were straight out of a postcard, marvellous.  It's definitely a place I'd suggest and if I had the time, I would love to just spend a weekend swimming, eating, and just chilling out in the area.  Really great =)

Well, on the train now to France, finally leaving Italy after 10 amazing days.  All seems to have passed by so quick and at the same slow.  Loved the friendly Italians and their awesome awesome food, pizzas, pasta, foccacias, gelati, sandwiches you get the picture.  Can't wait for the French Riviera and hopefully more swimming! =D
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David Ng on

Ahh! I remember Genoa being mentioned in stories or movies. A big old bustling port city! Those buildings are breathtaking and the coastline is beautiful!

chunhin on

Oh yeah, Genoa is a massive port city...very old with lots of those medieval streets. The coastline with the Cinque Terra is outstanding, definitely one of the most beautiful places I've been to and the water is SOOOO GOOOD!!! =P

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