Genoa: The Lantern, lighthouse and museum
A symbol of Genoa, one of the most significant places in the city
The Lantern is a symbol of Genoa, one of the most significant places in the city. It was the terminal of a ring of walls, the tip of a promontory on the sea that goes as far as the mountain. A cart road that has gradually been widened, the last widening having been done in the 19th century.
Visiting the Lantern means facing many stairs, but once on top people are rewarded by a full panoramic view of the city.
Pay a visit also to the Lantern Museum: the lighthouse is from the Middle Ages, over the centuries it has been changed several times, until the 19th century. The museum documents the technical evolution of the Lantern from its origin down to our own day.
Cover pic courtesy of Laura Malfatto (WIkimedia Commons)
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.