1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Toured on our own to Portofino and Santa Margharita via train. Highly recommend Santa Margharita - Portofino is crowded, expensive and touristy while SM is a bit quieter (but still touristy). Great seaside meal in SM.
Toured on our own to Portofino and Santa Margharita via train. Highly recommend Santa Margharita - Portofino is crowded, expensive and touristy while SM is a bit quieter (but still touristy). Great seaside meal in SM. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
walk out of terminal and pick up map for free from tourism booth. Shows a few nice walks going initially through market then heads into old town. Walk takes a casual two hours taking in all the old buildings and squares on note. Real ... Read More
walk out of terminal and pick up map for free from tourism booth. Shows a few nice walks going initially through market then heads into old town. Walk takes a casual two hours taking in all the old buildings and squares on note. Real authentic feel to the town. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
On our own, after exiting the port, we took a train and a bus to Boccadasse and spent a couple hours there - beautiful! Then we took a bus to town and walked for hours, finishing the day at the harbor area attractions.
On our own, after exiting the port, we took a train and a bus to Boccadasse and spent a couple hours there - beautiful! Then we took a bus to town and walked for hours, finishing the day at the harbor area attractions. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Beautiful and easy to walk. Need some walking away from ship to attractions, but don't need excursion. Just use your Google map.
Beautiful and easy to walk. Need some walking away from ship to attractions, but don't need excursion. Just use your Google map. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Very good architecture and city monuments, but the port is dirty and there's a lot of street sellers everywhere and sometimes is very oppressive.
Very good architecture and city monuments, but the port is dirty and there's a lot of street sellers everywhere and sometimes is very oppressive. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Opposite the port gates there is a 12 euro bus tour. You will see all the interesting stuff in Genoa for a fraction of MSC's trips. A lively, majestic city, once fabulously wealthy. Still has a lot of class. Also a Macdonalds on the ... Read More
Opposite the port gates there is a 12 euro bus tour. You will see all the interesting stuff in Genoa for a fraction of MSC's trips. A lively, majestic city, once fabulously wealthy. Still has a lot of class. Also a Macdonalds on the road along the waterfront for free WI Fi unless you like being royally screwed by MSC internet rates. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
None of the excursions appealed to us. Another day of just walking around on our own. Perhaps if we had done an excursion I would have enjoyed this port more.
None of the excursions appealed to us. Another day of just walking around on our own. Perhaps if we had done an excursion I would have enjoyed this port more. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
A nice port. We got on a city tour bus. It was informative and drops you off right by the aquarium. We took a little walk and found a nice non-touristy restaurant for some pesto.
A nice port. We got on a city tour bus. It was informative and drops you off right by the aquarium. We took a little walk and found a nice non-touristy restaurant for some pesto. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Great little port, super interesting! Don’t bother with a shuttle bus into town, it’s only a 10 min walk. A gelato at U Gelato du Caruggiu is an absolute must.
Great little port, super interesting! Don’t bother with a shuttle bus into town, it’s only a 10 min walk. A gelato at U Gelato du Caruggiu is an absolute must. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Our flight was late so we didn't have a chance to visit the city this time round. I recall the inner, old part of the city to be quite spectacular.
Our flight was late so we didn't have a chance to visit the city this time round. I recall the inner, old part of the city to be quite spectacular. Read Less
34 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
GENOA: I love Genoa because it seems so completely Italian, especially in the historic center, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Our ship docked in the main harbor in the middle of the city's waterfront -- an easy walk to ... Read More
GENOA: I love Genoa because it seems so completely Italian, especially in the historic center, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Our ship docked in the main harbor in the middle of the city's waterfront -- an easy walk to almost any attraction and just a few minutes from the main (Principe) train station. Genoa is built on a hillside, so there is some climbing, but the waterfront alone has enough attractions to fill a half day for those with mobility issues. Pick up a map in the cruise terminal and exit right (east) along the waterfront until you reach the Galata Museum del Mar (Museum of the Sea). This is a large, modern, very enjoyable museum that is worth at least an hour or two when you are returning to the ship. See their website for hours and current prices. From the museum, cross the street and head uphill through the narrow lanes (gritty but safe) to the main street (Via Balbi). From there continue east to the Palazzo Real. There are five major palaces remaining from the days of Genoa's peak power and wealth. The Palazzo Real is the most interesting, but combination tickets are available, and it is fun to see more than one. From the Palazzo Real walk farther east to Via Garibaldi, where there are beautiful historic buildings and three more palazzi -- together called the Palazzi dei Rolli on the Strade Nuove, designated a UNESCO world heritage site. Combo tickets for the palaces are available at the nearby bookshop. The fifth palace, and the one with the most art is the National Gallery of Palazzo Spinola, on Piazza Pelliceria nearby. From there walk downhill to the cathedral and nearby fountain on Piazza de Ferrari, where you will find the Genova sign/sculpture for a photo op. The view down the historic Via XX Settembre is grand. It is an easy walk back west to the waterfront for either (or both) the maritime museum or the modern aquarium. Even if you do not enter the aquarium, there is a cute floating park at the end of its pier, with good views of the ship and the city. From the aquarium and maritime museum it is an easy walk back to the ship. Read Less

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