Written by TianjinPaul on 14 Nov, 2011
Over the course of the summer, my girlfriend and I visited scores of places in the south of France. Therefore, when we decided to take a winter break, we thought it best to go somewhere further afield. Our eyes turned to the north of Italia…Read More
Over the course of the summer, my girlfriend and I visited scores of places in the south of France. Therefore, when we decided to take a winter break, we thought it best to go somewhere further afield. Our eyes turned to the north of Italia as it was close enough to visit by train for a long week-end. We quickly narrowed the choices down to either Milan, Turin or Genoa. As my girlfriend had already been to Milan and Torino did not look particularly enticing, we opted for Genoa.Once we had decided on the city, we wenrt online to make hotel reservations. We managed to find a very nice 4-star hotel at a very reasonable price. The only isuue was that the reservation was non-refundable. But, we thought this wouldn't be a problem and we started to make plans for our visit to the home of Christopher Columbus.The planning went very well. I was excited to find that there were dozens of palaces and cathedrals to visit and that Genoa was home to the second-largest aquarium in Europe. This was aside from the fascinating Maritime Museum. However, just over a week before we were set to leave, news began to appear online of severe flooding that had killed six people and left the city awash with mud. I checked BBC news and found videos of cascading torrents rushing down old streets and pictures of cars over-turned by the sheer force of water.Naturally, both my girlfriend and I were very concerned. We checked news updates daily to see whether the situation was improving. We also called the hotel to inquire if there had been any damage and to see if we could postpone the trip. The hotel manager assured us that the city was fine and that it was impossible to switch our reservation. We had the choice of taking the trip and hoping everything was ok, or cancelling the trip and losing our money. After much discussion, we decided to risk it.So, we set off with images of torrents and over-turned cars still in our mind. This was not helped when an Italian friend of mine sent me a message on Facebook - that I received whilst sat on the train - that informed us that the city would be in a mess. As the train inched into Genoa, we were both nervously peeking out of the window for signs of devastation. Thankfully, there were none. The streets we passed were bereft of upturned cars and there was no mud to be seen anywhere. The same was true when we stepped out into the city. There was literally no sign of any damage. The city had gone back to normal in less than a week.Our trip to Genoa proved to be wonderful and left us laughing at the amount of worrying we had done during the preceeding week. Close
Written by Barb B on 17 Dec, 2000
HOW DID WE END UP IN GENOA??
We had a perfectly planned itinerary for the quaint little town of Portofino on the Italian Riveria. Unfortunately, bad water and bad weather forced our cruise ship to dock in Genova. Since we had no plans, no…Read More
HOW DID WE END UP IN GENOA??
We had a perfectly planned itinerary for the quaint little town of Portofino on the Italian Riveria. Unfortunately, bad water and bad weather forced our cruise ship to dock in Genova. Since we had no plans, no itinerary and not a clue as to the sights of Genova, we set out with a map, a Guidebook and our folding umbrellas--What a terrific day!
From the Via Garibaldi, the street of patricians, to the Cathedral of San Lorenzo with its medieval flavor and picturesque towers, we found this totally unplanned expedition a fun and exciting experience.
From the harbor, we hailed a cab and asked our driver to take us to the "Centro de Citta" -- City center. A very fast and very scary cab ride followed, but we were delivered without scathe to the Piazza Corvetto, where we stood with map in hand, trying to figure out which way to go!
With hundreds of vespas parked outside, we found our way into a tiny bar (in Italy, many coffee shops identify themselves as bars) where we ordered expresso and unfolded our map. We (my husband and I) started to check the sights listed in our guide book against the map, and immediately we had about 14 Italians looking over our shoulders.
"Questo e un bell posto" (this is a beautiful place) mumbled the short man with a hat; "quella e mia favorita" (that is my favorite) stated the tall handsome one. We listened to the exchanges and noted some of the recommendations before setting out on foot for a little shopping nearby - (recommended by the shop owner).
Written by Barb B on 19 Dec, 2000
Via Garibaldi is a fantastic Street for shopping in Genova. Take a short walk along this popular street once called the Golden Road. Just a short distance from the city center and the Piazza de Ferrari, The Via Garibaldi is a typical representation…Read More
Via Garibaldi is a fantastic Street for shopping in Genova. Take a short walk along this popular street once called the Golden Road. Just a short distance from the city center and the Piazza de Ferrari, The Via Garibaldi is a typical representation of Renaissance town planning.
Designed and built by the powerful and wealthy families of Genoa. Shop at piazza Della Vittoria where you can walk along Via Venti Settembre, a main commercial street with shopping in many stores.
Church bells chimed and we heard strong tenor voices echoing throughout many of the tiny alleys. And above us, the ever present geranium gardens from every window.
Shoping specials: Gold and silver--sinple charms are quite reasonable, pill boxes, napkin rings, photo frames, cruet sets, sugar bowls and candlesticks
Ceramics--Ornaments and statuettes for every taste
Straw work --Attractive straw bags, sunhats etc.
Good buys in velvet, olive wood and marble
OUR CHOICE: A lovely hand crafted cruet set, hand made in Sterling--163,000 lira (about $85 US)
Most shops are opened daily, but close down from 12 Noon to 2pm.