Genoa

Liguria, Italy

Genoa is the capital of the Italian region of Liguria and the most famous seaport in Italy. On Ferryhopper, you can take a look at available ferry routes from/to the port of Genoa, our travel tips for your vacation and book your tickets with just a few clicks!

Read our suggestions for your dreamy holidays in Genoa and find useful information about its port:

Historic buildings in the center of Genoa

Magnificent buildings in the historic center of Genoa

Genoa ferry port

The port of Genoa is the largest industrial and commercial port in Italy. It's one of the most crowded in Italy, a stop for visitors who come from all over the world. Ferries depart daily to several destinations on the Italian peninsula. Also, ferry routes connect the port of Genoa to Corsica, Spain and North Africa.

Ferries from Genoa port: schedules and tickets

Genoa is connected daily with the Italian peninsula, Spain, France (Corsica) and North Africa.

The port of Genoa is the starting point for ferries to:

The ferry routes are operated by 4 ferry companies: Moby Lines, Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV), Tirrenia and CTN Ferries. There are up to 14 daily connections active all year round. The trip duration ranges from 5 to 52 hours with a stop.

Tip: most ferries travel overnight and as some of the crossings are quite long, we recommend you book a cabin for a comfortable journey.

Here is some more information about the ferry routes from Genoa:

  • Genoa - Olbia ferry: the ferry route from Genoa to Olbia includes up to 17 weekly connections lasting between 10 and 12 hours.
  • Genoa - Porto Torres ferry: the crossing from Genoa to Porto Torres usually includes 18 weekly connections with a duration of 10 to 11 hours, depending on the ferry operator.
  • Genoa - Palermo ferry: the Genoa - Palermo ferry route operates with 4 crossings per week, lasting approximately 21 hours.
  • Genoa - Barcelona ferry: there are 2 weekly crossings from Genoa to Barcelona. The ferry trip takes about 21 hours.
  • Genoa - Bastia ferry: the route from Genoa to the port of Bastia is usually active operating 8 times per week. The ferry route takes about 5 hours.
  • Genoa - Tangier ferry: the connection from the port of Genoa to Tangier serves 2 weekly crossings taking about 52 hours.
  • Genoa - Tunis ferry: the ferry route from Genoa to Tunis includes up to 4 weekly connections with crossings ranging between 19 and 23 hours.

Take a look at our Map of ferries with all the connections available from the port of Genoa and start planning your holidays right away!

Where is the ferry port in Genoa

The port of Genoa is located near the city center (Piazza Raffaele de Ferrari) and is easily accessible by public transport. Also, it is just 5km from Christopher Columbus airport and only 8 minutes by car from the Genoa central railway station.

How to get to Genoa port

You can get to the port of Genoa by car, metro or bus. A bus leaves from the train station of Genoa (Piazza Principe), heading towards the port's piers.

In the port area, you can find the Terminal Traghetti Shopping Center offering various shops, bars and restaurants. Also, there are ticket offices near the port and a shuttle bus service for internal port transfer.

Tip: the port of Genoa can be busy and finding a parking place can be challenging. Therefore, we recommend the option of paid parking lots that you can find very close to the port. 

The colors of the sunset at the port of Genoa

 A beautiful sunset at the port of Genoa

Vacation in Genoa

Visited by several tourists every year, Genoa surprises with its astonishing beauty. Art and culture are in every corner with royal palaces and fascinating squares. Also known as "La Superba", Genoa is an imposing city.

It is certainly worth spending a few days and fully exploring the city's beauties. Stroll around ancient buildings with stunning architecture, enjoy an espresso in the wonderful squares or explore the neighboring villages of the Ligurian Riviera.

The city is an intense experience awaking your senses! There are so many corners to explore and many finger-licking dishes that a weekend isn't probably enough.

Plus, thanks to its mild climate is an ideal destination all year round, although the best time to visit is summer.

How to get to Genoa

Genoa is a well-connected city to the rest of Italy and is easily accessible by car, train, plane and ferry

The city's main train stations are Piazza Principe, with daily arrivals from Milan, Bologna and France (Nice and Marseille) and Genova Brignole operating train crossings from Rome and Turin.

Alternatively, you can reach Genoa by plane. The international airport of Christopher Columbus is connected to various destinations in Italy and Europe with flights from the UK, France, Germany and many other countries.

Also, Genoa's port is one of the main connection points between Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, Spain and North Africa, with several ferry crossings

The crossings can take long. However, traveling by ferry allows you to embark your vehicle and go on an adventurous road trip with your car.

Also, you can bring your pet and enjoy the comfort of cabins specially designed for pets. At the same time, you can enjoy the wonderful views from the deck as if you were in a mini-cruise.

The old port of Genoa

Anchored boats at the old port of Genoa

What to do in Genoa

Genoa is a city that offers impressive panoramas and has some of the most imposing monuments in Italy. Its historic center is the second largest in Europe with lovely streets and picturesque alleys, the caruggi.

During your stay in Genoa, there are several things to do. Get mesmerized by the beauty of the Cathedral of San Lorenzo or walk towards the magnificent square, Piazza della Vittorial, located near the Genova Brignole train station.

There you can find the imposing triumphal arch and the caravel of Christopher Colombus made with floral decorations. Then, turn on your right and head towards Via XX Settembre. The city's main shopping street leads you to several prestigious shops and bars.

It is also the best place for window shopping. While strolling around, have a quick stop for a slice of panarellina, one of the most famous cakes in Genoa. 

However, if you are not into shopping and you want to escape the crowds, you can walk along the seafront starting from the Fiera. This beautiful promenade ends up in the stunning village of Boccadasse. There, you can take a break from the long walk and enjoy delicious focaccia!

Also, there are several heavenly beaches for sun and relaxation! Most beaches are just a few minutes away from the city center in Corso Italia.

Tip: from the city of Genoa, you can easily explore other beautiful cities of the Riviera of Ponente and Levante, such as Portofino, Sanremo and Camogli.

Beaches in Genoa

In addition to admiring the architectural beauties of Genoa, you can also relax on the paradisiacal beaches near the city of Genoa.

Here are the 10 best beaches in Genoa and its province:

  1. Pegli: you can reach the Pegli beach by car from the center of Genoa in just 30 minutes. The coast is 2km long with dark sand and gray pebbles. The waters are crystalline and shallow, ideal for families with children. At a close distance from the coast, you can see the Pallavicino Park with the Ligurian Archeology Museum.
  2. Voltri: it's a very long beach made up of pebbles. It has crystal-clear waters and is a perfect backdrop for snorkelers. The beach is almost entirely free, so you should bring your umbrella, towels and some snacks. However, there you can find showers.
  3. Vesima: although not very large, this beach is quite popular during the summer. You can reach it by bus from Genoa in just 10 minutes. Its coastline is made of dark pebbles and has deep blue waters. You can find both free beach areas as well as umbrellas, sunbeds and a beach bar.
  4. Arenzano: it's a very popular beach located in the village of Arenzano. It has turquoise waters and has showers, umbrellas and sun loungers. On the seafront, you can find several clubs, bars and ice cream parlors.
  5. Cogoleto: the seaside resort of Cogoleto boasts one of the longest coasts on the entire Ligurian coast. It includes bathing establishments and stretches of free beach. If you are looking for a quiet corner to relax and enjoy the sea, continue towards Varazze. There, you can find a more secluded area that is also perfect for snorkelers.
  6. Boccadasse: it's located near the village of Boccadasse. It is also known as the "Lover's Beach" and is one of the most popular coasts in Genoa. Boccadasse is a small pebbly beach with a clear, crystalline sea. Set among colorful houses, it offers visitors breathtaking surroundings.
  7. Bai: it's a small beach consisting of pebbles and transparent, blue waters. It's quite crowded on weekends and August, so it is better to arrive very early. Only a few steps from the beach, you can find a small bar famous for its aperitifs and stunning views.
  8. Sori: the seaside town and resort of Sori are loved by locals. The beach is made up of sand and gravel. You can relax on the sunbeds under the umbrella or swim in its deep blue waters. After diving, you can try local fish delicacies at the restaurants close to the beach. 
  9. Baia dei Frati: this pebbly beach is located in an inlet. It has crystal-clear waters and beautiful scenery surrounding the coast. You can find the most delicious focaccia in the popular canteen known as "Baracchetta di Biagio", close to the beach.
  10. San Fruttuoso di Camogli: you can only reach it on foot through the Portofino Natural Park or by boat. The Abbey of San Fruttuoso stands on the seafront, transforming the setting of the beach into a breathtaking landscape. The coast has transparent waters and it's surrounded by the lush green of the Portofino Regional Natural Park.

Useful info: Liguria is one of the most dog-friendly regions in Italy! For those who love to travel with their dog, there are many accessible paw-friendly beaches.

San Fruttuoso beach and its abbey near Genoa in Italy

The wonderful beach and the imposing abbey of San Fruttuoso  

Sightseeing in Genoa

Genoa has the second largest historical center in Europe, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006. It is a fascinating city with picturesque alleys and stone-paved streets intertwining and ancient churches and imposing palaces overlooking its beautiful squares.

Among the most beautiful attractions to discover in Genoa, we recommend:

  • The Lighthouse, the historic tower serving as a symbol and a landmark of Genoa
  • The Spinola Palace, a magnificent building from the 16th century hosting a National Gallery
  • The Aquarium of Genoa,the largest in Italy with over 15,000 animals of 400 different species!
  • The Old Port, one of the most popular tourist hubs
  • Piazza De Ferrari, the main square in Genoa in the heart of the city
  • The sumptuous street of Via Garibaldi, home to 42 palaces listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Rosso, Bianco and Doria Tursi Palace, historic buildings located in the magnificent Renaissance and Baroque "Strada Nuova", designed in the 16th century
  • The Maritime Museum, the largest maritime museum in the Mediterranean
  • The Cathedral of San Lorenzo, located in the city center with a beautiful gothic facade in Genoese style
  • The Rolli Palaces, revealing fascinating architecture, splendid frescoes, and important paintings from 16th and 17th century
  • The Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno, one of the most beautiful and important in Europe where Giuseppe Mazzini, Ferruccio Parri, Fabrizio De André rest
  • The Historical Aqueduct of Genoa, an architectural structure located in the wonderful Bisagno valley
  • The Forts of Genoa, a set of military fortifications dating back to different eras
  • The Doge's Palace, the main cultural center of Genoa offering exhibitions, conferences and festivals

Visitors admiring the tanks of the Aquarium in Genoa, Italy

The magnificent Aquarium of Genoa 

Nightlife in Genoa

Genoa has a lively nightlife for every taste. The best place to enjoy a drink is the old town and the magnificent squares of Genoa. The historic center is full of clubs where you can enjoy excellent local wine and craft beers.

The areas of the Old Port, Boccadasse and Nervi are very popular among students. There are also various lounge bars such as the Beautiful Loser. It's a lounge bar and theater with a vintage atmosphere. It is located close to the historic center and often many concerts take place.

Food in Genoa

Genoese cuisine is simple and very rich in vegetables and aromatic herbs. Some of its main ingredients are flour and olive oil adding genuine, strong flavors to the traditional dishes.

Here are some of the most delicious local delicacies to try during your stay in Genoa:

  • trofie al pesto (short, twisted pasta with basil, pine nuts, cheese and garlic)
  • focaccia (flat leavened oven-baked bread)
  • torta Pasqualina (Easter pie with spinach, eggs and puffed flour)
  • cima alla genovese (meatloaf stuffed with bacon, celery, cheese and breadcrumbs)
  • panissa (fried bread made with chickpea flour, water and salt)
  • farinata (oven-cooked bread made with chickpea flour and olive oil)
  • stockfish with potatoes, onions and carrots
  • cappon magro (seafood and vegetable salad)
  • pandolce natalizio (sweet cake with raisins, pine nuts and fennel seeds)

Tip: the brewing of beer is a real tradition throughout Liguria! Among the craft beers to try in Genoa are Artana and the Maltus Faber.

Trofie with pesto, potatoes and green beans

A delicious Genovese trofie with pesto and potatoes

Villages near Genoa

In less than 2 hours from the city of Genoa, you can reach the stunning Cinque Terre, one of the most beautiful natural Mediterranean areas in Liguria.

This coastal area stretches about 10km consisting of 5 ancient villages overlooking the sea: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.

Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The best way to reach the area is by train. It is really convenient as you can make stops and explore the villages.

There are also some boats departing from Genoa, La Spezia and Lerici for approaching Cinque Terre by the sea.

Can't wait to enjoy the landscapes of the colorful terraces hanging on the steep cliff and explore the area?

For breathtaking views overlooking the Ligurian Sea, it's better to stay for at least 3 days to explore the beautiful villages of the area.

Tip: if you're visiting Cinque Terre, don't miss out on a visit to the nativity scene in Manarola. It's the largest nativity scene in the world with over 300 life-size figures. It's on display every year from early December until early February. 

Tips for Genoa

Here are some tips that we hope will be useful to you during your stay in Genoa:

  • If you have at least 2 days to visit Genoa, we recommend that you get the Genoa Museum Card. This card includes admission to 25 museums. Plus, there is the option of public transport included with an extra fee allowing to move around the city easily.
  • Moving with your car to the city or finding a parking space can be challenging in Genoa. Therefore, we recommend that you use public transport. Furthermore, the historic center is located in a limited traffic area reserved only for residents.
  • To visit the Aquarium, it is advisable to leave early in the morning as the queues at the entrance are generally very long.

Useful information for Genoa

Genoa offers its visitors various things to do and see. Most restaurants and shops are located in the historic center of the city and the Old Port. The hub of Genoa develops around Via XX Settembre with cafes, bars, museums and many attractions at close distance.

In regards to your accommodation in Genoa, you can find various options for all budgets from hotels, pensions, hostels and Bed & Breakfasts. If you intend to reach Genoa to explore the city on foot, then we recommend the area of the Old Port.

As for health care, there are several hospitals both in the city and in the province of Genoa. There is also an animal rescue service that covers the entire area of Liguria.

Important phone numbers for your stay in Genoa

Here are some useful contacts to keep within reach during your trip to Genoa:

  • Emergency Medical Service: 800893580
  • Municipality of Genoa: +39010557111
  • Genoa Police Station: +390105570
  • Tourist Information Center: +39010576791
  • Genoa Port Authority: +390102411
  • Animal first aid: +39010363636
  • Taxi service: +390105966
  • European emergency number: 112

Transportation in Genoa

Due to traffic, the car is not the most suitable choice for getting around the city. You can explore the historic center of Genoa on foot or by bicycle! Also, the public transport network is quite efficient so you can move around the city by metro, funicular or tram. 

You can reach the ferry terminal from the historic center on foot. Also, there is a subway with 8 stations that connects the Brin area to that of Brignole.

Alternatively, you can use the funicular and the public elevators to reach the upper city. You can find the elevators in various areas around the city connecting the lower part of Genoa to the upper one with access from 06:00 in the morning until late in the evening.

Moreover, thanks to the Navebus, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city from the sea. The service connects the area of ​​Pegli with the Old Port in less than 30 minutes and the ticket cost is €4.

The lift of Castelletto and Genoa from above

The Castelletto lift and its beautiful panoramic terrace

Where to book Genoa ferry tickets online

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