Genoa: The Galata Sea Museum
Visit the biggest Italian maritime museum existing
Galata is the Museum of the Sea in the dock area of Genoa harbour, the biggest Italian maritime museum existing. More than a museum it is a journey through time, from the epoch of the galleons down to submarines, through the epochs of the pirates, the sailing boats, the migrations…
Exploring the Galata Sea Museum one can disguise as a Genoese merchant, climb on a 19th century brig, or see the precise and philological reconstruction of a 16th century galleon. Then the whole 3rd floor is devoted to migrations, both the emigrations of Italians towards the Americas, and the immigrations of North Africans towards Italy.
Cover pic by the official site of Galata Museum
Visit Genoa: helpful hints
Italian name: Genova
The Genoa Airport is an international airport, 30 minutes far from the city centre and connected by Volabus (ticket 6€). For transcontinental flight the nearest airport is Malpensa, Milan. From Malpensa, first you have to reach Milan Central Station by train or by bus (the train Malpensa Express leaves every 30 minutes, it takes 50 minutes and costs 13€. The bus Malpensa Shuttle leaves every 20 minutes, it takes 60/70 minutes and costs 10€). Then, there are many trains from Milan Central Station to Genoa, it takes about 1h 30.
The best way to move around Genoa is by bus. Single ticket 1,5€ for 100 minutes ride. There are many types of tickets, full explained on the A.T.M. Website. A characteristic way of transport you should try is the Funicolare di Sant’Anna (single ticket 0,90€).
What to do
Genoa is the capital city of Liguria region, North Western Italy. From Genoa you can reach many beautiful places on the seaside all along the charming Ligurian Riviera, especially the iconic Portofino. But also the city itself, it is very interesting! The area of the Old Harbour, for exemple, where is the huge Aquarium famous worldwide, and where takes place every September the most important Boat Fair in Italy (and in the Mediterranean area at all) called simply Salone Nautico.
Genoa is precious also for its heritage: Le Strade Nuove and the system of thePalazzi dei Rolli are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You should also see the fishing village of Boccadasse. Plan your trip with Italia Slow Tour tips: watch our web serie about Genoa and discover more about this wonderful city.
Where to sleep
The best area to book a place is the centre of the city, since the suburbs are less safe. Another great place to sleep is near XX Settembre street.