Why go to Genova? It’s an Italian city by the sea, filled with stunning palazzi, renaissance art and churches, beautiful beaches, and great food. What’s not to like? It’s also strangely absent of non-Italian tourists, which somehow makes it feel more authentic.
The best way to discover any city is by asking a local. My friend Antonio grew up in Genova and was kind enough to share with me his favourite places. I tried them all, as well as few others I found along the way! Here’s the list:
- Take a stroll through the city and find yourself at Beautiful Loser on Piazza Marsala just in time for cocktails
- If you don’t want to move too far, the best pizzeria in town is just across the road at Il Pisacane
- Make a reservation for dinner at Il Pampino, where the pasta is so good you will want to try everything on the menu
- Visit the palazzi on the Via Garibaldi
- Walk along the Corso Italia and stop for gelato at Boccadasse
- Stop for aperitivo at Les Rouges, an elegant retro cocktail bar inside a crumbling palazzo
- Have dinner at La Tortuga under twelfth century turrets (if there’s no space available you can try Rosmarino or Prie Rosse)
- Drop by Nouvelle Vague (an eno-libreria) for a nightcap
- Go treasure hunting at the mercato antiquario held in the Piazza Matteotti on the first Sunday of every month
- Stop at Al Veliero for the real Genova on a plate! spaghetti alle vongole and a glass white wine
Where to stay: anywhere near the Piazza San Lorenzo, which is a great location to explore the city on foot
Where to drink: Les Rouges, Beautiful Loser, Nouvelle Vague
Where to eat (like a Genovese!): Al Veliero, Il Pampino, La Tortuga, Rosmarino, Eprie Rosse
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