This time a day out from Milan was planned to spend in Genoa, a historical port and a capital of the Italian region of Liguria. This is the sixth largest city in Italy, which was one of the most important ports on the Mediterranean. It has rich cultural history in art, music, cuisine, has lots of museums, parks and historical palaces. So i’m going to share how did we spend a day in this wonderful place in January.
The day started early. We had to go to another side of Milan, to the bus station, from where buses are going to every corner of Italy. Luckily we didn’t need to change metro stations. One line was connecting the closest metro station near our house to the bus station. We were in place in time, but seems not very lucky with the bus. Once we found the driver, he said that there is a small problem with the car and bus will go with 1 hour delay. This wasn’t good for us, as we had only half day to spend in Genoa, from which 1 hour would be lost. There was a small cafe bar near the station, where we could find a free table to have a short breakfast with a traditional cappuccino. Time has come and the driver called us to go. We were only 5-6 people inside the bus. Super comfortable bus, with available Wi-Fi service on site. 2 hours drive passed very quick. The road was very quiet, straight. After some time the view started to change. Small mountains had appeared on both sides. Small villages with blooming trees were appearing time to time. That was strange to see blossoms on trees in January, as it was supposed to be cold and early for having flowers. But when we reached Genoa and checked the weather, we were nicely surprised. It was +15.. +17 degrees there, like in spring. This was awesome!
There is so much to see here just in a few hours. And the first closest place we went was the Porto Antico, which is just a part of the Genoa port and one of the most touristic places here. Here the view is amazing. The breeze coming from the sea playing with hairs. Colorful buildings seen on the other side. Lots of boats and ships standing on water. But before reaching the harbor, there were several museums, such as Marine museum, a great Submarine museum and one of the biggest aquariums of Europe, including the biosphere. Right next to them there was a cinema museum with every kind of exhibits shown, starting from different movie heroes until dinosaurs. But except those there was a big ship replica of a 17th century Spanish galleon. The 65m ship was built for Roman Polanski’s film Pirates, but was also filmed in the TV miniseries Neverland as Captain Hook’s ship. Now this is a tourist attraction, as it’s fully created as a real pirate ship.
The city is big, but in historical center seems everything was close to each other. Few more minutes of walk and we were near the Medieval Gates of Genoa. This is the part of ancient walls of Genoa, called also Porta Soprana, that has 2 towers with flags of Genoa on tops.
Genoa is also a birthplace for many famous people like Niccolo Paganini and many others. One of them was Christopher Columbus, whose house was right next to the Gates. This was a small 2 floor building with a nice garden. Columbus’s House museum is usually open for visitors, but not today..
Continuing walking in the center of the city we came to the main square of the city, called Piazza De Ferrari, around which are sited the Opera and the Palace of the Doges. The square was prettified with a fountain, which was restored in recent years. Behind the fountain there was a beautiful architectural building called Palazzo della Nuovo Borsa, the first Italian stock exchange.
What can I say?
Never stop traveling.
Never stop exploring.
Never stop discovering.
Find something new every day and enjoy life 🙂