Genoa is a large city in the northwest of Italy: once a powerful, trading city-state, it is now arguably Northern Italy's hidden gem, thanks to its cultural heritage, fine cuisine and beautiful views of the Italian Riviera. Birthplace of Christopher Columbus, this city was one of Italy's mightiest in the Renaissance, and there are many buildings and sights from that time. Its historical and cultural heritage is best preserved in its museums, such as the Sea and Naval Museums, the Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art and the Aquarium, which is the second-largest in Europe. Parts of the city's Old Town have been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List, with its wonderful, narrow alleys - known as "caruggi" -, squares, palaces (Doge Palace and Palazzo dei Rolli are the most relevant), churches and the cathedral of San Lorenzo. For those interested in exploring the Italian Riviera and searching for flights to Portofino or flights to Cinque Terre, it is in fact a flight to Genoa that you must search for and from here access to these beautiful coastal areas is easy. Use our flight comparison tool to help you with your search for flights from all UK airports, including flights from Leeds or Bristol. It will compare hundreds of airlines across the market so that you can find the best deal for your flight to Genoa.
Genoa's city centre has good connections with the airport: it takes between 20 and 30 minutes to get to by taxi or bus. In the city, you can make the most of your stay by purchasing a Genoa Card Musei, which gives free access to many museums, reduced entry to attractions (i.e. the Aquarium), and discounts on entertainment and guided tours and walks. The city's attractiveness, though, is not only due to its stunning cultural heritage: it is located on the Italian Riviera, with breath-taking views of the coast. Interestingly, you can also visit natural and artificial caves nearby with guided tours or discover, without a guide, the towns of Portofino, Cinque Terre and Santa Margherita Ligure. The local cuisine is not to be missed, either: the world-famous pesto sauce, in fact, comes from the region, but there are other specialties, including seafood dishes, which are definitely worth a try. Genoa has good rail connections linking it with other cities in the north of Italy, such as Milan, Turin, Alessandria, Cuneo and Piacenza. It can be a great opportunity to discover the beauties of Italy if you intend to continue your trip further.