Genoa a great city

Trip Start Nov 27, 2012
Trip End May 18, 2013

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Holiday Inn Genoa City
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Italy  , Italian Riviera,
Friday, January 25, 2013

Wow, those mountains we could not see when we arrived in Torino were suddenly a gigantic snow capped mountain backdrop in the rear view mirror as we left the city for our next and final stop on the driving tour, Genoa.

The freedom of the car allows you to do whatever you want so on the way down we decided to take a side excursion to Ventamiglia on the French Italian border but after an hour of driving along the Italian Riviera and a further hour to go we decided to head back to Genoa but not before having lunch in the coastal town of San Bartolomeo Al Mare. Once again the seaside resort was nearly deserted, however a little bar overlooking the Mediterranean Sea gave us one of the best pasta meals we have had on the trip.

The Fiat 500 had served us well. It was big enough for the two of us and luggage with the back seat folded down but more importantly because of its small size when ever Steve made a wrong turn and got into some small laneway, it was easily negotiated. We dropped it off at Genoa airport and headed into the city. Fate would have it that the Holiday Inn was across the road from the Ferry Port, so we decided that was going to be the way to get to Barcelona.

Before that was to happen, we were off again exploring this once powerful maritime port city. Genoa is a half moon type bay with the city buildings rising from the bay up onto the hill sides and it is a stunning vista. From our hotel room we could look out over the port to the city centre in the distance. With the setting sun glowing on the golden ochre buildings we watched the movement of cars, semi trailers and people being loaded on to the ferries for trips to distant shores. This sight kept us mesmerized for some time.

The old city is a rabbit warren of dark alley ways with restaurants, shops and housing. Once inside it is easy to get lost as the buildings surrounding you rise high into the sky and the effect of the narrow alley ways is that the sun is nearly blocked out.

Suddenly you turn a corner and you're out on the main walkway to the waterfront. Here we found some of the largest boats you could ever see - some over 50 meters long. Of course there are more restaurants and shops to lure you in with fantastic smells of coffee, pizza & pasta as you wander by.

The advertising material said you could spend a week in Genoa and its surrounds and still not see everything. We can vouch for that.

Genoa is one place we would be happy to come back and visit again.
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now Genoa has a modern hostel in a Medieval building!

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