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About Genoa

Genoa is a beautiful port city and the Liguria region’s capital, in Italy. With over 580 000 residents, it is a city famed for its involvement in the maritime trade over many centuries. Genoa offers you its beautiful architecture and many charming restaurants. The top attractions of this city include Via Garibaldi, Aquarium of Genoa, and Palazzo Ducale.

And for a limited time, cheap flights to Genoa are now available, so get ready to explore this gorgeous destination! Genoa is home to the Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA), which is a 15-minute drive or a scenic 50-minute train ride from the city centre. This international airport serves a multitude of airlines, including Alitalia, Air France, and KLM. Popular flights departing from Johannesburg to Genoa are available. The average flight duration is 14 hours and 10 minutes.

Why visit Genoa

Piazza de Ferrari Genoa

Historic Architecture

Like most Italian cities, Genoa boasts a collection of centuries-old buildings, monuments and artworks. These include the Old Town, the fountain at Piazza de Ferrari, and Palazzo Rosso.

Roasted Ricotta Spaghetti Genoa

Italian Cuisine

A city like this is not complete without trendy restaurants serving this nation’s scrumptious dishes, and Genoa does not disappoint, with places like Soho, Ill Masetto and Ostaietta.

Beautiful Pyrotechnics Festival Genoa

City of Festivals

Several times a year, Genoa comes alive with a variety of exciting festivals, such as the Pesto e Dintorni Festival, the feast day of St. John, and the Focaccia Festival.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Italy
Currency Euro
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.07 EUR
Language Italian
Hub Airport Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA)
Airline Alitalia / Albawings / Blu-express
Time Zone GMT + 1
Travel Adaptor Type F

Best time to visit Genoa

The spring and summer seasons (May to August) are the most popular time to visit Genoa. During May and August, you can enjoy various festivals, such as the Focaccia Festival and the feast day of St. John. You can enjoy more decent weather in October (mid-autumn), as well as the Pesto e Dintorni Festival at the Palazzo Ducale. These periods are peak season, however, bringing the most tourists to Genoa, meaning less availability, longer queues and high hotel costs. The low season falls in the winter (November through January), when the rain volumes increase in Genoa. The weather might be cool and bleak, but you’ll get more availability, cheaper hotel rates and the pleasure of easier access to the attractions of the city.

Weather & Climate in Genoa

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 6°C 6°C 9°C 11°C 14°C 18°C 21°C 21°C 19°C 15°C 10°C 7°C
High °C 11°C 11°C 14°C 16°C 20°C 24°C 27°C 28°C 25°C 20°C 15°C 12°C
Rainfall (mm) 80 70 100 110 80 60 30 70 80 160 70 90

Overview

You’ll be in for a memorable time with a visit to Genoa. Like any Italian city, it boasts gorgeous architecture, picturesque fountains and an exceptional charm that will leave you longing to return to this beautiful European destination.

In the middle of Genoa, is Piazza de Ferrari, the main square of the city, which includes a magnificent fountain and gives you access to numerous banks, insurance and business companies. Besides this commercial centre, Genoa offers you its wealth of stylish restaurants, all offering authentic Italian foods. Some establishments to explore include Soho, Il Masetto, and Le Cantine Squarciafico. Discover historic landmarks like Via Garibaldi, Palazzao Rosso and Genoa Cathedral. Attractions for the whole family include the Biosfera zoo, the Aquarium of Genoa, and Pegli.

Visa & Customs

South African passport holders will need an Italian Schengen Visa to enter Italy. Make sure you have enough time for Visa processing. Additionally, make sure that your passport is valid for a minimum of six months after your return date and has two blank pages available for entry stamps.

South African Honorary Consulate in Genoa

Address: Corso Firenze, 11, 16136 Genova, Italy

Phone: + 39 33 9746 7225

Health & Safety

Make sure to visit your local doctor four to six weeks before you leave for Italy. Get all the routine vaccinations, and you should beware of diseases such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and rabies, depending on where you will be going within Genoa.

While Genoa is quite safe, make sure your possessions are secure and out of sight, since petty crimes like pickpocketing are common throughout the world. Make sure to refrain from walking anywhere alone, especially at night. Places where you should practice extra caution include Piazza Caricamento, Via Pré, and Stazione Principe.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG GENOA
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 203.26
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 57.59
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.34 R 18.07
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 27.10
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 37.50 R 70.46

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