On the 17th of July, we visited the city of Genoa. It was only about 25 minutes by car, so that was very relax. We left quite early in the morning so we had the whole day to spend in the city. You immediately see that Genoa is an authentic Italian city. Especially when you drive down the Autostrada and look around you will see a lot of typical Italian landscapes, houses and other buildings. The city centre itself has a population of 620.000 and the entire urban area has a population of about 890.000.
We parked our car near the city centre and walked towards the main streets. Walking around in Genoa is pretty exhausting, a lot of climbing up and down the hills, haha. Especially with warm weather like that day.
We first walked up to the Piazza de Ferrari, one of the main sights in the city centre. There wasn’t a lot to do over there. Some nice architecture, but that’s all. A bit disappointing. We then walked down some other streets, had some great city views and took pictures of buildings and other sights. Genoa is also the supposed birthplace of Christopher Colombus. The house where he lived (not officially sure), is located near the Medieval Gates of Genoa.
I forgot that Italians have a different interpretation of coffee..
When we sat down for a drink, I forgot that Italians have a different interpretation of the word ‘coffee’. When you order a coffee in Italy, you’ll get a very small cup of strong espresso (very cheap though). They don’t seem to know the classic American coffee. Espresso will never be my favourite, but it was a funny situation to see me with that tiny little cup which I could barely hold in my hands.
My girlfriend really wanted to see the Aquarium of Genoa.
I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to, but after the visit, I was glad I did and I thanked her for the plan. It’s the biggest aquarium of Italy and the second in Europe. So I guess you can say it’s pretty big. The entrance fee was pretty high (€16,-), but it was worth it. They have dolphins, sharks, turtles, penguins, rays, rare fish breeds, seals, crocodiles and a lot more. We had a great time over there and were really amazed how big it was. It was the best aquarium I’ve ever been to so far. I hope to go to the Osaka or Georgia aquarium one time, because they have whale sharks over there.
In front of the aquarium.
The aquarium was located in the harbour of Genoa. This was the part of Genoa I liked the most, from the parts I’ve been to. There was an old pirate ship and the bigo is one impressive, but strange, structure. You had a great view when you looked up to the city centre from out of the harbour. Walking around over there is very nice. Overall I can say that we had a great time in Genoa. If you want to visit an old and authentic Italian city, then Genoa is suited perfectly.