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Genoa: The submarine Nazario Sauro

Explore a real submarine of the Italian Navy

Genoa. One of the most amazing attraction of the Museum of the Sea Galata is the Submarine Nazario Sauro! This is not a reconstruction, but a real submersible of the Italian Navy.

Entering a submarine is a particular experience, above all if you identify a bit with the crew that inside it could even spend more than a month without ever seeing sunlight… The visit is very alluring, you hear recordings of the true noises of a submarine sailing and also the spaces are intact. The most cheerful part of the whole boat is the kitchen, reconstructed and fitted out just as if it were inhabited, with the table prepared and the voices in cable radio!

This submarine is a concentration of technology and nothing is missing: the periscope, the song of the sonar, the red light that was turned on to distinguish night from day… The idea of spending weeks inside it, however, is suffocating and after a while, going out to get a breath of air becomes a real need!

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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.

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