I actually stayed in Savona,...
I actually stayed in Savona, which is just along the coast, to the west of Genoa, with a Lions Camp. If you are under 26 and get the chance to go on one of these, then i sorely recommend it. I had a fantastic time and others who i have spoken to (who went to Norway, USA, Australia...etc!) had just as good a time as me. Savona is lovely, and the hightlight is actually the Youth Hostel, housed in the Priamar - a huge fort which also contains an archeological museum. If you go to Savona, then you must also go to Albissola (The photo i sof some of us in a restaurant there -Im second on the left in the white V-neck). I can imagine that it would not be so great in the winter, but on summer evenings the atmosphere is great and there are gorgeous restaurants and bars. On a second visit, I also discovered Finale Ligure, which i also beautiful, but the youth hostel takes a lot of climbing to reach... do not try it if you are very tired! The people are my fondest memory!
In Genoa you just HAVE to go to the acquarium - it is the largest in Europe and has a cool 3d cinema.
Random piece of knowledge: the church has 2 towers of different lengths because they couldnt afford to finish one of them due to war...
Have first of all a general view of the city
First of all take a panoramic view of the city from the high of Righi taking the Funicolare (cable-car) in Largo Zecca The epithet "Superba" (proud) that the city has carried down through the centuries was first given by Francesco Petrarca. Writing of a visit to Genoa in 1358 the poet described the city, in Latin of course, as follows: "you will see a regal city on the side of a rugged hill, proud in its menfolk and city walls The aspect of the place alone tells you the city is mistress of the seas".
Petrarch's highly effective portrait of the Genoese was passed from pen to pen over generations of visitors and travellers and became a common place. The city merited the term "Superba" (and still does to a certain extent) because, seen from the sea, it presents an extraordinary spectacle. Towers, palaces, churches do not look in on a harmonious urban centre but out to sea.
In recent years urban development has redrawn the architectural geometry and managed to create spectacular effects without in the least compromising Genoa's historic heritage. The Expo gave back the city her old harbour, now completely renovated, with the new convention centre in the Cotton Warehouses forming a splendid centre-piece. One of the most advanced structures in Europe, this development follows on from similarly successful projects, including the Fiera del Mare congress facility, the World Trade Centre and the Sant'Andrea abbey.
On the eve of 2000, Genoa is consolidating its reputation as a top congress venue. For several reasons: apart from the enviable climatic and environmental conditions, the location is well served by motorways and an airport and has excellent accommodation facilities including brand new hotels and country houses available for meetings and banquets. Another conference facility is the auditorium in the recently rebuilt Carlo Felice Opera House, one of Italy's greatest theatres. Entertainment space has also been created in the towers of Corte Lambruschini, a new office development that, with San Benigno, represents a focal point of business
GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS
THE CIVIC HISTORICAL ARCHIVES
Piazza Matteotti 5 Ph. 010543793 Historical archives of the Borough of
Genoa with manuscripts of 13th century
THE MUSEUM OF THE RISORGIMENTO Via Lomellini 11 Ph. 010207553 Archives and historical library
pertaining the genoese patriot Giuseppe Mazzini and weapons and uniforms and
mementoes of famous personalities
Via Aurelia 29 Nervi Ph. 010322673 Splendid park right on the sea with museum of decorative
arts in ancient villa
THE ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Via Pallavicini 11 Pegli Ph. 0106991048 The fullest panorama of the most ancient
periods of the history of Ligurian region
Parchi di Nervi
Much people who comes to Genova always complains about the lack of "green" in this wonderful town... they are quite right, but there are some green oasis in Genova too!
The most known, and surely the nicest and biggest, is the park of Nervi, located in the easternost suburb of Genova, the smal and very picturesque Nervi.
This park is famous for its "roseto" (rose garden), but all the park is very nice, packed between the town, the railway (so it's really easy to reach by train) and the sea!
It's the ideal place to take children to, but also for a nice walk.
Genova by Train
In Genova there are 2 main train stations: Brignole and Piazza Principe (P.P.). The two stations are connected by a huge railway tunnel.
Trains coming from central and southern Italy will surely stop in Brignole, and maybe in Principe too, while trains coming from France or northern Italy will surely stop in Principe and maybe in Brignole too!
in Brignole there are many bus stops, and the station itself is in the heart of the modern city, and closer to the fair and shopping districts
Principe is in the old part of Genova, close to the harbour and is connected to the Aquarium and Old Harbour zone by the subway. It's closer to the Youth Hostel too.
There are several local trains which connect the 2 stations and the other smaller stations from Genova Nervi to Genova Voltri. Usually there is a train every 15 minutes.