Genoa is often overshadowed on travel itineraries by its more fashionable northern neighbour Milan.
However, as the sixth largest city in Italy, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, and with a partially UNESCO World-Heritage-listed Old Town, a stopover in Italy’s medieval port city is well worth your time.
Genoa sits at the heart of the Italian Riviera in the region of Liguria. It is the gateway to the famous Cinque Terre and magical coves of Portovene and La Spezia. One of the greatest charms of a visit here is to absorb the faded glamour of what has historically been (even before the Roman Empire) a rich and influential trading centre.
Here’s a checklist of our top ten things to do in Genoa on a first visit.