Anything to see in Genoa?

Apr 18th, 2010, 10:46 AM
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Anything to see in Genoa?

In August, we are flying in and out of Genoa, we will be in Italy for 8 days. We will be spending most of our time in Tuscany. Is it worth building in a day to see Genoa, or is the time better spent in Tuscany?
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Apr 18th, 2010, 11:22 AM
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There is plenty to see in Genoa. However, you have a ways to go to get to Tuscany and then back to Genoa for your flight home. Not much time. Forget Genoa. More information needed on your interests, but you need to spend one night close to Genoa--Camolgi, about an hour from Genoa on your return home. Richard
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Apr 18th, 2010, 11:26 AM
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Our interests are food! and wine! What is special about Camolgi?
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99, below is blurb from my TR about Genoa FYI. We took train from Menton and stayed about 6 hours but would have been longer if it had been warmer and hub had felt better. Camogli is a fishing village of 6500. Each year, fish are fried in a huge (13 feet?) outdoor frying pan. Other posters have mentioned good restaurant there and picture in Eyewitness looks pretty. Do what I didn't do and that's a search on both places here on Fodors-see what others have to say.

"Anyway, it is almost 3 hours to Genoa and when we arrive, we are greeted by an escalator to the main floor and a really cold wind. We take a cab (€15 with tip) to the Piazza de Ferrari. It is big and Palazzo Ducale takes up one side almost by itself. We find the Il Gesu first and it is gorgeous. According to book, it was started in 1500s. There are Reubens to be seen and I tried unsuccessfully to get a shot of one. A bus load of kids are coming in as we leave-good timing!

From here we find the wind-tunnelly street to San Lorenzo (it was started in 12th century!). "Cinque minuti, Senora" says the guard so we hustle in. It too is lovely inside and there is a museum for next trip. We walk down a hugely cold Via San Lorenzo and find Pizzaria Antica. They are unable or unwilling to give us 1/2 one thing and 1/2 another so JR settles for speck with 2 cheeses. It's OK but the place gets crowded with Italians (including teens) before we leave so what do we know!

The wind has slowed down as we walk back up the street to back door of Palace Ducale. It is nice inside and has a café. We go the front to main square to find Via G. Garibaldi and the mansions of the so called Strada Nuova of the 1500s. With exception of town hall and art gallery, most have become banks. Very gorgeous buildings. We aren't inclined to go to the art gallery so decide to wend our way to the acquarium.

Narrow old streets lead us to the Port and a large Piazza Caricamento (I think) facing it, the acquarium and a model ship. We are both pooped and JR can't get warm so we hop a cab back to the Gare. Cabbie will take us to Camogli and Portofino for €100 but we don't have the inclination this trip. Also we aren't certain about making our train back to Menton....

I wish it had been warmer and that JR felt better. A feeling about Genoa is that it is a huge, vibrant port city with a strong place in the city-state history that is Italy. Will look on Fodor’s for people who have stayed longer."
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Hi; You decide. Richard
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