Via delle Monachette 8, Genoa, Italian Riviera, 16100, Italy
More about Genoa
like a theatre
a view from the hill
Up the hill behind the Train Station
Genoa to Siena
Disembark in Genoa port around noon and I want to continue to Siena. What is the best and most direct way as I have seen so many connections by train ?
Re: Genoa to Siena
The answer is by train, even though you will have to make two changes...there just aren't any direct trains.
When I looked at buses, there are a couple of buses you could take, but you would change in Bologna, and, frankly, this is more out of the way (the trip takes at least 2 hours longer by bus because it's so out of the way).
I assume that you have looked at www.trenitalia.com? You have an IC train leaving Genova Piazza Principe at 12:52 (change in Pisa, then in Empoli) and arrive in Siena at 17:14 (23.20 euro), or leave Genova Brignole on a regional train at 13:20 (change in La Spezia, then in Empoli) and arrive in Siena at 18:38 (14.10 euro).
Unless you rent a car, it's not going to be any more direct than this...and it's really a decent price for the distance...
Re: Genoa to Siena
by train it take a lot. You might go to Lucca or Pisa, have a stop for the night there, nice towns, and go to Siena following morning.
if you really want to go straight to Siena, you better hire a car.
Re: Genoa to Siena
If you want to go by train then it is easiest to just use the Trenitalia site:
which will give you times, details and fares in English so you can easily check the journey time & connections for each departure.
All journey times are around 4.5 - 5 hours.
An alternative might be to take the train to Florence (one change at Pisa Centrale) then either a) ctach the next train to Siena (check Florence>Siena times on the site) or b)catch the Sita bus from the bus station more-or-less opposite Santa Maria Novella station in Florence.
Train times to Florence are mostly less than 4 hours.
The advantage of bus over train to Siena from Florence is that bus stops in the historical centre, whereas the railway station is some considerable distance outside it (about 2km, I think).
Bus (it is a long-distance type bus...a coach) timetables here under 'Linea Firenze>Siena:
Travel Tips for Genoa
La Piazza del Amor Perfetto
Our feet eagerly dancing, tiptoeing, stomping ... Is it here?
Piazza del Amor Perfetto?
It is a generous thing to ask for direction.
Smile back. Share a secret.
Narrow alleys so perfect for getting lost.
Fresh laundry waving and cheering!
It was the time of soft shadows.
So we found it, that Square of Perfect Love.
Soft front doors with paint gently crumbling, eyelids closed with shutters, blushing façades.
Next time I'll have to search again.
It is not easy to find Piazza del Amor Perfetto.
The cathedral of San Lorenzo
It's a week later, and I am back in Genoa. The weather was boring though.... rain, rain and more rain. But we tried to see some of Genoa despite of the weather. Unfortunately we only had a few hours to explore Genoa, not very much time to visit this huge city. Normally I would do a citywalk to get a good impression, but because of the weather we decided to visit the Cathedral and after that the aquarium.
The Cathedral was great, wow, so impressive! It is huge from the outside, hahaha, so huge even that it is very hard to take a 'normal' picture of it. Either the cathedral is too big, or the square is too small. What ever way you look at it, the two seem to be out of proportion. This photo was made by the digital camera. I also made a few pictures with my SLR camera, hahaha, but of course they aren't developed yet! You have to be a bit more patient to see those.
Local Dialect- To Shush and To Shorb
The local dialect of Genoa (Zena) is most interesting. Coincidentally, Genoese is spoken in 2 towns in Sardinia, one of which is Calasetta, so i grew up speaking a little Genoese. In Genoa, as in all of Italy, the local dialect is the very much the local flavor and the life blood of the local culture. Increasingly and awfully the local dialects are being lost as children are often no longer taught dialect (or discouraged from it for class reasons) and as their consciousness is increasingly formed by TV and other mass media. I consider it a tremendous loss. Growing up, some of my richest experiences was hearing the old old dialects in Sardinia (Sardinian and Tabarkino Genoese) and in the Trentino. Some of my greatest amusement was jokingly translating between homely dialect to made up English words. For example..my friends in Sardinia would sometimes greet me with, "The Spiag is super-affolated." That's why I loved this shirt which jokingly translates a Genoese saying into mock English. (the joke here is to hear your homely hometown dialect expressed as international english.) This means something like 'you can't have you cake and eat it too.'
the habour area
The port of Genoa is the No.1 in Northern Italy.. more of industrial speaking.. the Habour area is a lovely place to spend sometime on a sunny afternoon.. be aware of Italian shops are normally closed in afternoon, from 1 to 3 o'clock. We found it was so in the old town area.. all the shops were shut down... except for some cafes or restaurants.. It was nice to spend these hours instead to hang around in the habour area .. nice view of the sea and hillside backwards...
The best way to go around Genova is to WALK, no other choices! Most of the old town is a pedestrian only zone, while the rest of the town is usually crowded with cars and scooters, and it's almost impossible to find a free parking (almost all the city centre is reserved to inhabitants for parking during the daytime), while public parkings are quite expensive.
There are many buses riding along the principal streets of Genova, the ticket costs 1 euro for 90 minutes and you can use it also for the Underground (M signs) and some local trains.
View all Genoa hotels
View all Genoa hotels
Latest Genoa hotel reviews
- Genoa Youth Hostel
- 18 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Sep 10, 2013
- Jolly Hotel Marina Genoa
- 122 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Apr 10, 2014
- Hotel Chopin
- 13 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Mar 19, 2014
- Romantik Hotel Villa Pagoda
- 81 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Apr 5, 2014
- Hotel Colombo
- 22 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Sep 3, 2013
- Best Western Hotel Metropoli
- 159 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Apr 3, 2014
- Bristol Palace Hotel
- 201 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Apr 7, 2014
- Della Posta Nuova
- 7 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Sep 6, 2013
- Columbus Village Bed & Breakfast
- 4 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jan 16, 2004
- Hotel Bellevue
- 40 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Feb 24, 2014
- Clarion Collection Hotel Astoria
- 31 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Feb 1, 2014
- Balbi Family Hotel
- 32 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Dec 17, 2013
- Novotel Genova Ovest
- 156 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jan 23, 2014
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Europa Hotel Genoa
Address: Via delle Monachette 8, Genoa, Italian Riviera, 16100, Italy