Genoa not only has a large industrial port, but also a major cruise and ferry port. Several cruise ships can dock at the same time at the Stazione Maritima.
The cruise port is within walking distance of the historic center. It is located to the west of town and opposite the Principe train station. You can choose to visit the city of Genoa, but some cruise passengers opt for an excursion to cities like Portofino or Savona.
During a cruise vacation to Italy, Genua is often on the program. It's the hometown and often departure point of MSC cruises. This beautiful port city is conveniently located along the Western Mediterranean and offers a variety of excursions. Cruises from and to Genua are very popular.
The Port of Genoa is the home port for MSC cruise ships. The cruise terminal features serveral facilities. The port has a long and rich history and has a very good geographic location.
Language in Genoa
The language in Genoa is Italian, but on touristic spots you can also use English.
Currency in Genoa
The currency in Genoa is Euro (€). You can find ATM’s along the city.
Opening times in Genoa
Opening times differ a lot around Italy, but generally are as follows:
Monday to Saturday
from 9.00h - 13.00h
and 15.30h - 19.30h
On Sundays and holidays shops are closed. Of course there are exceptions
Via Garibaldi is the main street of the historic center of Genoa. It's famous for the beautiful palaces from the 16th century.
Cathedral of San Lorenzo
Medieval church dating back to the 6th century BC.
Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale)
The Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale) is an aristocratic palace built in the 17th century.
Palazzo San Giorgio
Palazzo San Giorgio is a palace dedicated to St. George. It became the home of the Bank of Saint George (in the 15th century).
La Lanterna is the oldest working lighthouse in the world. It's an important symbol of Genoa and the main lighthouse of the town.
House of Columbus
The birthplace of Christopher Columbus. There is a small museum with archives and artefacts from the life of this great discoverer.
Piazza De Ferrari
Piazza De Ferrari is a central square in Genova. It's an important financial and business district of the city and famous for its big beautiful fountain.
It's easy to visit Genua from the cruise port. There are several good transportation options by public transport available. It's also possible to walk to the center.
If you have sufficient time you can also make an excursion to Savona, Portofino or the beatifully located Cinque Terre. In those cases you can go by train or taxi.
Genoa has a long and rich history. It is a pleasant city where you can easily spen a whole day. Strolling along the old harbor or in the historic center with its many marble palaces. It is also the city where the explorer Christopher Columbus was born. You can still visit his birthplace. Popular excursions outside Genoa are Savona, Portofino and the Cinque Terre.
Genoa has a subtropical Mediterranean climate with dry hot summers and wet mild winters. The average annual temperature in sumer is between 26°C and 29°C. During the summer from June to October the sea temperature exceeds 25°C. The average annual temperature in winter is between 6°C and 9°C
Excursions in Savona
Excursions in Portofino
Excursions in Cinque Terre
Excursions in Genoa
The Tourist Information kiosk is located near the old port. There you can take a free map or ask any infromation you need about the city.
The following cruise lines offer itineraries and schedules to Genoa: