The maritime city of Genoa on the Italy Ligurian sea is the region’s capital. Genoa was European Capital of Culture in 2004 and in 2006 the elegantly charming historical center was nominated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Genoa is an excellent travel base
Genoa is located on the coast close to the French border and only a few hours travel to major cities and resorts such as Portofino, Cinque Terre, Florence, and Milan making it an excellent travel base.
How to get to Genoa
Fly into Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport
Airlines that fly to Genoa: Volotea, KLM, Easyjet, Lufthansa, Alitalia, British Airways, Air France, Austrian, RyanAir, Vueling, Iberia, Blu-Express, Meridiana
There is an airport bus shuttle to Portofino, Paraggi, Covo di Nord Est, Santa Margherita Ligure, San Michele, Rapollo Check times and destinations for the Genoa Airport shuttle
If you have a car, its only 35 km to Portofino, 100 km to Cinque Terre and 140 km to Milan. If you really wanted to you could cross the French border and visit Nice which is about 200 km away.
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The main station Genova Stazione Piazza Pincipe makes train travel easy.
Slow trains are slow in Italy, the fast trains FrecciaBianca, FrecciaRossa or Italo are recommended.
Genoa to Milan is about 1 hr 34 min on the fast train and costs €25*
Genova to Florence is 2 hours 45 min on the fast train and costa €39*
Genoa to Rome is about 4 hours on the fast train and costs €63.50*
Genoa to Nice, France is about 3 hours and costa €35*
Check train schedules and book tickets to Genoa on GoEuro.com
*prices are subject to change, check schedules
Insider tip: Be sure to punch your train ticket at the yellow machine at the beginning of the platform before boarding otherwise you may get a fine