The sixth largest city in Italy, Genoa, is a beautiful port city in the Italian Riviera. Sheltered by the mountains and bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa enjoys a mild climate all year round. Historically and culturally very rich, Genoa boasts a wide range of monuments, cathedrals and palaces. Most tourist attractions are located in Piazza Ferrari, Genoa's main square, and in Via Garibaldi, famous for its baroque buildings. However, the "Duomo", Genoa's stunning Cathedral, lies hidden in the old town - an enchanting maze of narrow cobbled streets. A visit to Bocadasse, a picturesque fishing neighbourhood of old pastel-coloured houses, will introduce you to romantic Genoa, while a boat ride will unveil the magnificent view of Genoa's famous port from the sea. The birthplace of Christopher Columbus is also famous for its excellent cuisine, luxurious boutiques, elegant seaside resorts and extraordinary offer of outdoor activities.
Whether travellers want to explore one of Italy's most atmospheric cities, or head to Cinque Terre and the Ligurian Coast, flights to Genoa are always an excellent option. There are plenty of direct connections from UK airports, and with a journey time of two hours, it doesn't take long to reach Genoa by plane.
The only airport in Genoa is Cristoforo Colombo Airport (often shortened to just Genoa Airport). From there, passengers can hop onto VOLABUS shuttles to the heart of the city, which take 30 to 40 minutes. These buses stop at Principe Station as well, allowing visitors to make easy onward connections to north-west Italian destinations.
British Airways offers year-round services to Genoa from London Gatwick and seasonal services from Glasgow. easyJet also provides low-cost fares on a seasonal basis from Bristol, London Luton and Manchester. Ryanair flies from London Stansted, completing a wide choice of possible routes to Genoa.
There are plenty of excellent reasons to choose flights instead of trains or buses to Genoa. Firstly, there's the issue of journey times. Flights will take around two hours 20 minutes, whether passengers fly from Manchester or London. That compares with a minimum journey time of 12 hours by train (and usually far longer). Prices aren't excessive, either, thanks to a variety of budget fares, so flying to Genoa doesn't have to be much more expensive than taking the b us. Genoa Airport isn't far from the city, making transfers simple. And it's also conveniently located for those who intend to stay near the coast, being close to resorts like Savona and Arenzano.
Anyone who intends to spend a few days in Genoa itself will benefit from purchasing a Genoa Pass. This useful ticket entitles the holder to free public transport for 24 hour periods and covers subways, buses, funicular railways and suburban trains. When that's sorted out, there's a lot to do. The palaces of Via Garibaldi are a remarkable sight, as is the stunning Cathedral of San Lorenzo. Families will love the ultra-modern Aquarium, while the Palazzo Spanola's National Gallery is heaven for art fans. And, if time allows, try to get out to see Cinque Terre: a string of beautiful coastal towns that's very close to Genoa.