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What to see in Genoa

Genoa Attractions

It is perhaps odd that the largest medieval town in Italy, blessed with untold cultural riches, is best known among travellers for its aquarium. The second-largest in Europe, Genoa's Aquarium is no doubt worth a visit, particularly for those travelling with kids, but the greatest tourist attractions in Genoa are the palaces, churches and piazzas of the medieval old town. Some of the most notable landmarks are the Basilica of Santa Maria di Castello, the Palazzi dei Rolli (Genoa has something like 42 palaces), the Duomo di Genova (Genoa Cathedral), the Royal Palace Museum, the 13th-century church and monastery of Sant'Agostino, and Palazzo Tursi, formerly Genoa's City Hall. A stroll down the Via Garibaldi is a must, and a walk along Genoa's promenade, the Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi, is a delight.

Eating is a celebrated tourist activity in Genoa, and the city's restaurant scene is one of its attractions. Among the many delights that Italian cuisine has brought to the world, Genoa can claim two as its own: the city was the birthplace of pesto sauce, traditionally made from herbs, olive oil and pine nuts; and foccaccia, a kind of flat oven-baked bread topped with olive oil and white wine (or whatever you want to pile on). The old town of the city has many good restaurants, and there's also a great selection in Porto Antico, down by the harbour.

Genoa Aquarium

Genoa is home to the Acquario di Genova, which is the second-largest aquarium in Europe and the best in Italy. Built in 1992, it welcomes more than 1.2 million visitors each year. The ship-like building…

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Museum of Sant' Agostino

The 13th-century church and monastery of Sant'Agostino, once a place of retirement and seclusion, is now open for visitors to view the amazing collections within. The church itself was built by the…

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Palazzo Tursi

Formerly Genoa's City Hall, the Palazzo Tursi is the largest and most majestic of all the magnificent buildings on the Via Garibaldi. Built in 1565, the building is now a museum and houses unique artefacts…

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Susann has lived in Genoa since 2010 but the town hasn't stopped surprising her and she loves to share her favourite places with visitors. She spends most of her free time exploring the Ligurian Mountains on foot and blogging about sustainable ideas in tourism.

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