Walking along the esplanade near the Galleon, we came across a lot of people selling stuff. If you feel uncomfortable walking here, then I suggest you walk a little inland, and then you will miss the lot!
If you look a bit vunerable, you will be pestered, so put on that "NO' face, and they will leave you alone.Related to:
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Be careful wih ticket vending machines
In Genoa you can hardly find a ticket office to buy tickets for public transportation. It means you will probably use a machine to get tickets.
Although these machines accept banknotes as well, they can't always give you change from them. In case there is not enough change available, you will just get a printed paper that you can exchange for money if the central office of the transportation company.
However, this office is only open in business hours from Monday to Friday. So in case you're there for the weekend, it's absolutely impossible to get your change from them.
So try to keep enough change with you for these machines, or use the smallest banknote you have to avoid going extra rounds to get your money back.
In case you run into this problem after all, and need to exchange your "paper" to money, you can find the office near Piazza de Ferrari. The address is printed on the paper you get from the machine.Related to:
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You'll see men (it does always seem to be men) selling bootleg CDs and DVDs all over Italy, but for whatever reason Genoa seems to have more than its fair share of these characters. The marina area in particular is a magnet for the fake CD merchants.
Don't stop. Don't look at the goods. You will be given the hard sell. I gave in once and bought a CD that simply didn't work, so it was a false economy. And while the blokes I have met have always been very pleasant and polite, the hassle and the dodgy wares do somewhat spoil the area. This is of more concern to me as a tourist than the rights and wrongs of copyright theft.
None of Sampdoria or Genoa could be ranked as the most friendliest supporters in Italy, so while you’re dreaming away during the fantastic atmosphere at the games, you should also keep an eye of eventual incidents after the game. In the middle of the 1990-ties a Genoa-fan was killed by some Milan-supporters, in a tragic episode, that shouldn’t have had to happen. Instead the Genoa-supporters got stabbed by a knife, and died at the hospital. It could have gone even worse, as the Genoa-supporters wanted revenge after the game and the stadium-area was rocked by hard incidents for hours.
This shouldn’t have to happen these days, but for highrisk-games as Sampdoria-Milan and Sampdoria-Juventus it could be a good idea to be a bit careful. The last seasons meeting has past quite peaceful anyway, so don’t be scared off visiting this games.
This warning and danger tip applies ...
... to the whole of Italy.
If you are a woman, no matter what age you are, you will get plenty of offers.
I found it rather sad and just a bit funny, that really old chaps, chaps who would much rather watch the football or sit over a quiet beer - felt honour bound to sit up straight, fix me with their eye and say - "You,me,hotel."
I had an hour to fill in up near the Museo San'Agostino and saw what looked like a men's club.
Men were standing ouside and when I asked - Vino bianco? - they indicated that it was a public bar.
There were men playing pool, men playing cards - and one solitary older fellow sitting over his beer.
I sat at the only chair available at his table.
He bludged a smoke off me.
I asked if I could take his photo.
He said - "You, me, hotel."
Honest to God. Last thing on my mind, mate.
I would have liked to sussed out the joint longer. As the men arrived (Sunday afternoon get out of the tiny flat away from the wife sort of thing) they sang as they entered.
Most of the songs I didn't know, but one sang - Summertime ... and the living is easy.
I would liked to have stayed and had another vino bianco, but I just didn't want any more offers!
Stars suffer too!
Bliza Bargeld told us at 9pm in the courtyard of the Palazzo Ducale that this was the very first time he was not performing in his three piece suit. He had taken his jacket off!
He would have still been stinking hot and running with sweat, but.
He gave us a hell of a good show. Some people thought it might have been too loud, but I loved the sound of his voice - as he worked the foot pedals - filling Genoa to the brim.
Here's a pic of him with a techie in the afternoon as he is about to rehearse.
I took a photo of him on stage as he rehearsed but a thunderous request in German for - NO PHOTOS PLEASE - made my hand shake a little.
My first couple of days in Genoa I was thinking - I can handle this Italian summer.
It was cool and overcast. Quite pleasant.
Then something happened.
It got stinking hot. But not just hot, wringing wet. One minute after a shower, one was not nice to be near. Everyone was glowing with sweat. Which makes the double cheek kiss Italians do a bit of a trial. And we were all a bit cranky.
Then, while I was waiting for the funicular a young man said - It's the shirocco.
(That's how he pronounced sirocco. Apparently in Italian it is spelled scirocco.)
I mentioned this to Paolo and Chiara and they told me there is a Genovese word - macaia - for this kind of weather.
I was intrigued to find out what it was like to be in sirocco weather. (Not nice at all.)
And to take a couple of days to find out that that is what it was.
Gypsies at Genoa Train Station
Beware of Gypsies at Genoa's train station. They may come up to you with some b.s story asking for money, or they could distract you somehow while another one of them steals something from you.
Never leave your bags and belongings unattended at the train station.
Not the most aesthetically pleasing thing...
If you are expecting to see Genoa at it's finest during it's year as a European Capital of Culture then you are going to be a tad disappointed.
Many of the buildings are being re-furbished and are thus currently covered in scaffolding. Some of the public buildings admittedly are covered in large sheets that have the building that is underneath painted onto them : but it's still not the same.
In addition the dual carriageway that runs along by the port is not due to removed until after the cultural year.
I'm sure the programme of events is fantastic - it just seems a great shape the city fathers couln't get the city "ship-shape and Bristol" fashion in time.
Dangerous near the port
Beware of the areas near and around the port, especially the alleyways. Do not go here at night. I once found a used needle perched atop a ledge in an alley, and it freaked the hell out of me. The town's alleys arent a good place to be at night either, and watch your purse.Related to:
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