Genoa is a very walker-friendly city, with most of the major attractions within minutes of each other. Piazza de Ferrari is Genoa’s central square with the Carlo Felice Theatre, Palazzo Ducale (the one time Doges palace, now used for exhibitions) and Via XX Settembre, the elegant main shopping street. Two minutes away is the house where Christopher Columbus was born (Visitors can enter for € 5). Adjacent to Piazza de Ferrari is Via San Lorenzo, a popular pedestrianised area with shops, restaurants and Genoa’s beautiful cathedral.
In the same neighbourhood is the Centro Storico, the largest “old town” in Italy and a World Heritage Site. An area of small, winding streets and alleys where you can find specialist shops and some of Genoa’s best restaurants.
Another must-see is Via Garibaldi which holds many palaces once home to Genoa’s nobility. Also not to be missed is the Old Port, looking most impressive after its recent face lift.
The surrounding coastal regions in Genoa – are easily accessible by train, bus or car – Boccadasse, Quarto and Nervi. You can even walk to Boccadasse via Corso Italia, a 2.5 km beach promenade overlooking the sea and starting in the middle of town.