Genoa, Italy – photos and first impressions

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Genova,Italy - Old port of Genoa with old buildings in the background.Italy is a large country. You can drive for many hours to reach certain famous tourist destinations. It is really cool then, when you are able to find some cool places to stop on the way. While Genoa is a famous tourist attraction in its own right, we only had time to treat it as a rest stop on our way to the French Riviera. We were only able to spend about three hours in Genoa, but we were really impressed by how the city and the port looked. Read on to see some cool travel pictures from Genoa, Italy.

First impressions from visiting Genoa, Italy

Genoa or Genova is a beautiful stop when driving from Milan, Italy to the French Rivier or Cote d’Azur. Genoa is situated about half way between Milan, Italy and Cannes, France and it is a great stop when driving this route especially if driving with children. We loved our stop in Genoa even if we were there only for about three hours.

Genoa, Italy – View of the old port of Genoa (Porto Antico di Genoa).
Notice the tall apartment buildings built on the surrounding hills.
Genova, Italy - View of the old port of Genoa (Porto Antico di Genoa).
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Genoa or Genova is a large city and it certainly feels like one: traffic congestion, lots of people and the attractions are somewhat spread out. So, be prepapred to walk!

Genova, Italy – Doge’s Palace (Palazzo ducale) which also houses the Genova Museum.
Genova, Italy - Doge's Palace (Palazzo ducale) which also houses the Genova Museum.
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It takes time to explore Genoa properly because of its many narrow streets and passages. Get a good map and plan your walking route beforehand because once in Genoa it is more difficult to find your way around. Read my Genoa in depth travel guide for more ideas.

Genoa, Italy – People walking through beautiful square with old houses.
Genova, Italy - People walking through beautiful square with old houses.
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Is it worth visiting Genoa?

Absolutely! This town is beautiful for exploration and simply to walk through.

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