Fly To Genoa, Italy
Wandering the narrow caruggi passageways of Genoa is a bit like solving a medieval labyrinth. In the heart of the Italian port city lies Piazza de Ferrari, a main square with a beautiful fountain and a perimeter lined with historic buildings, including the Palace of the Doges the Teatro Carlo Felice, which was destroyed during WWII and subsequently rebuilt. The seaside neighborhood of Boccadasse is vision of pink and yellow buildings that brighten up this charming Italian fishing village.
You may have guessed by the name of Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (or remembered from history lessons in school) that Genoa is the birthplace of famous explorer Christopher Columbus, who would go on to discover what is now known as the United States of America in his later life.
But more than that, Genoa also plays a very vital role in the arts – so much in fact that it was voted the 2004 European Capital of Culture. Not surprisingly, this means you can expect much in the way of art, music, performance and design. Foodies will appreciate the good food that is produced here, while history buffs will enjoy exploring the many landmarks. It’s a great location for those travelling with kids too – in fact, as you will soon discover after arriving at the airport, this city has something for everyone.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans will need a Schengen Visa to enter Italy. Read more…
- The South African Consulate in Genoa is situated at Corso Firenze 11, 16136 Genova. Telephone: (+39) 010 2722940.
See and do
Attractions here are typically Italian, with plenty of rich history, spectacular views and port city charm. Things you’ll want to add to your see and do list include a walk around the Old Town, Biosfera on the seafront, Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, Il Galeone Neptune, the Aquarium, Via Garibaldi, Il Bigo, the Old Port, Palazzo Lomellino, the many museums, art galleries and gardens among others.
Shopping offers all sorts of retail delights. Try the Old Town district for lovely old historical lanes dotted with interesting shops. Via Soziglia is where you can find regional specialities, such as jewellery, handmade lace, pesto and carved olive wood items – all great things to take home to friends and family. You can also try the larger malls for designer goods and branded items; markets such as Mercato Orientale for good foodstuff and department stores such as UPIM and COIN, which offer everything under the sun.
Public transport can be tricky in some parts of the city, especially Old Town and its very narrow streets. Walking is the simplest option if you’re keen to take in the sights and do some shopping, while trains offer a fun and scenic way to travel to the greater Liguria area. You can also get a combined museum and public transport card from tourism offices (ask at the help desk before leaving the airport).
Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport – GOA
Food and beverage: Chef Express Bar on the first floor is the best place to get a cup of coffee or something cold to drink, with snacks also served.
Currency Exchange: There are plenty of ATMs and currency exchange outlets throughout the terminal building.
Lost Luggage: Head to the Lost & Found office at arrivals where you will need to fill in a report to have your luggage returned to your hotel.
Airport Hotels: Nearby hotels include Best Western Premier CHC Airport, Sheraton Genova Hotel & Conference Center, Hotel Marina Place and Hotel Serafino.
Car Hire: Rental companies at the airport include Hertz, Sixt, Budget, Europcar and Avis.
Airport Hub: Genoa Airport (code GOA) is a hub for Air France and British Airways as well as a number of smaller operators serving flights across Europe and beyond.