Hills, Cable Cars, Castles, Genoa
We weren't actually looking for this funicular, but another which we couldn't find! They are difficult, as the entrance is small and behind a glass door. Above the door is a big sign.
Deciding on this one, 1st we had to buy the ticket from the machine. We had difficulty, but a nice lady who could speak English helped us.
This funicular, built in 1901, is the longest in Genoa. It links the city centre, with stops along the way and at the top of Righi Hill. Don't expect a lot of views on the way up or down, as half of the line is in a tunnel!
There are 5 stops along the way...........Carbonara (the stop is under the tunnel), San Nicolo (just at the end of the tunnel), Madonnetta, Via Preve and San Simone.
Each cabin can transport 156 passengers, went we went, there were about 4!
So, we are at the top and wondering which way to go, so we chose uphill, trudging up the hill in the heat, until we came to a viewpoint. What a wonderful view over Genoa and the Harbour, it was fabulous! We could see all the Ship's in Port, the historic Lanterna, and then all the city, the Old port area, it was well worth making the trip.
We saw a park and some picnic tables, a Grave Headstone, and then we went back to the funicular and down the steep hill to the historic centre.
COST IN 2011......Adults 1.5 euro
This is the panorama of Genua that you will see on top of Righi
It is an extra-wide panorama-pic - therefore it might be necessary to click on it to see the whole panorama with the port of Genua in the - unfortunately hazy - background.
From this place on top of Righi you may start various hikings and see castellos and old fortifications, great panoramas and views.
Take the funiculare to Righi - one of the hills above Genua.
This cable-car will take you up for 1 €uro, but tickets may be bought ONLY at the top and the ground-station.
I first tried to walk up the hill a bit behind the lift to Casteletto and could not enter there, as I had to ticket ;-(((
On top of Righi you may take various walks, see the old fortifications or simply enjoy the view over the port of Genua or to the backside.There is enough to see on top of Righi in order to spend the whole day there, you will also find nice restaurants and even a few spots, where you may set up your tent directely in the woods !
Castelletto is not a little castle, as the name implies, but rather an area of the city raised high above the rest of the buildings, with great views of the harbour, rooftops and the sea. The climb up is strenuous but manageable, a one-way trip on the elevator costs fifty cents from the ticket machine (or a valid 90-minute transit ticket can also be used).
Genoa has three funicular railways that one up the steep slopes that encircle the city. The first is the Sant'Anna which runs from Piazza Portello - Corso Magenta covering a length of 357m. It costs € 1,00 per journey. The second is the Zecca-Righi which runs from Largo della Zecca to the different quarters located all along the slope of the Righi hill passing through a few stations on the way. Again it costs € 1,00. The third is actually a rack railway and runs from Piazza del Principe to Granarolo.
Many foreign fans know very well the narrow gauge railway that runs from Piazza Manin to the tiny village of Casella through woods, fields and three valleys. On Sundays it is crowded with tourists, scouts and families; during the weekdays with commuters from the hinterland.
The train, which has a carriage equipped to carry bikes and a Liberty style one fitted for giving parties, is a favourite of the Genoese as it is the fastest way to get to the country.
Underneath the magnificient Miramare Hotel there is the station of a rack-railway which climbs to the top of the Granarolo Hill.
A few steps further, there are the 17th century town walls, that commands a view over the Polcevera Valley.
Il Parco Urbana delle Mura covers some 836 hectares inland from Genoa. Nature lovers will find there breathtaking views and countryside, historic forts and powerful fortifications as well as a host of footpaths. The 17th century walls, almost twenty kilometres in lenght, were reinforced in the 18th and 19th centuries with the realisation of a series of forts. The park can be reached by both car and public transport.
If one explores and explores the streets of Genoa, it can easily forget that there are splendid views of the entire harbour from the hilltops of the town.
One low-tech way to reach these is via climbing up on beautiful side-streets that start from Via Garibaldi. Just watch out for signs (some of them are hand-written believe it or not... must have been an altruistic tourist) and prepare for a steep, but manageable climb. Don't rush it, plenty of gorgeous little colourful houses and streets to contemplate as you are ascending.
When you reach the top, all of Genoa and the harbour will be at your feet. And not just photographic opportunities are endless, but also worth taking time in any of the local cafes for a slow glass or cup of anything - the piazzas with cool shade and trees are beautiful.
What a lovely ride to the top of the mountain overlooking Genoa.
First through the tunnel, and then between houses built on a steep hill.
Lovely scenery, gardens, people sunbathing on their terraces.
From the top station you can see one side of Genoa, and if you take a short walk to your left, the view over the sea and the harbor is impressive.
We had a coffee and met one young man from England, I think his name was John. Lovely conversation, and of course he will join VT some day.
There's one best place in town where you get a wonderful view of Genova, and it's called Spianata Castelletto. You can see the whole town and great part of the Riviera too, from Portofino Mountain to Arenzano and beyond, passing through the Old Town, the Old and New Harbour, the modern Genova with its high buildings... everything is in front of you!
There is a large castle on top of Righi - in a walking distance of about 20 minutes ( and a public bus will also take you there )
The castle seems to be private and there was just a small restaurant / buffet inside the arch seen on my pic.
But it was a nice walk and you may also see plenty of more castles on the nearby hills
Well OK, if you're already there in person and don't really fancy doing the cyber stuff, climb up to some hill (there are many in the 32-km long and only 1-km wide city) and enjoy the view. As you peek at these stylish terraces at the housetops, make sure you're not seen by inhabitants (especially if they use them to sunbathe with minimum or no clothes... ;-))
A 15 minute funicular ride from the center of the city up to the hills above for stunning views of the harbour, city and beyond. a few more pics on t'logue!
Genoa is surrounded by castles... Unfortunately most of them are either abandoned or used by militars....
The view from the hill