Genova Useful Information and Tourist Information

When visiting a new country or city, it is important to know your surroundings and if something should happen, what to do and where to go. Genoa is a tourist friendly city, offering Genova Useful Information at different tourist point kiosks throughout the city. Find one immediately at the airport, if not, in the center waterfront or in the famous Palazzo Ducale.

Discover our Genoa tourist guide: read the info you need when you’re in Genoa.

The U.S. Consulate in Genoa, although very centrally located, unfortunately doesn’t offer many services but can assist in many ways. If you need something notarized you can do this here by appointment. However, if your passport goes missing or you need it renewed while abroad, you can report it to the Genoa consulate who will then deal with the U.S. Consulate in Milan or you can quickly travel to Milan and deal with it directly. The main U.S. Embassy is in Rome in the event of a larger issue, such as arrest. Click the Genoa Consulates and Embassies link above for more information.

  • Genoa Emergency Numbers:

Dial 112 for police, fire dept and health emergencies. Although we hope that you never have to use it, it is always good to know in a moment of panic. Always remember to dial +39 (0039) before dialing any Italian numbers.

For minor problems such as cold medication, a cut, etc you can visit any pharmacy. Located all over the city, always look for a big green cross outside. Pharmacists will be happy to assist you if you tell them your problem. For an emergency, use the emergency number above, or head to the emergency room – click the General Medical Information link for more information on hospital locations and pharmacy locations. For a list of English speaking doctors specializing in specific fields, click here.

  • Genoa Bank and Genoa ATM:

Banks are located all throughout Genoa and at each bank you will find an ATM. Remember there will be a small fee for taking out internationally. You will find an ATM directly at the airport and train station for your convenience when traveling. If you need to speak with a bank directly, their hours are from 8:30-1:20 and change during the afternoon depending on the bank.

  • Genoa Transportation:

Besides walking around, most people will use the bus as their main form of transportation in Genoa. Always buy your tickets, as bus employees control frequently and you can get a fine for not having one. Tickets can be purchased at Tabacchis (where they sell cigarettes), ticket kiosks and newsstands. Visit the AMT website to check hours and buy tickets for not only buses but the airport bus, funicular, and the navebus. In addition the buses, of course there are always taxis to help you get around. Find taxi stands throughout the center or call +390105966.

  • Genoa Travel to and from:

You have either come in by plane, train, car or boat, either way, Genova is an easily accessible city. The Genoa airport is just 20 minutes from the center and can be reached by bus (Volabus €4) or by taxi where there is usually a fixed rate for those going to or coming from the airport. Genoa airport flies mainly internally throughout Italy, however has cheap connecting flights with the UK and other European countries such as France and Spain. You will find two main train stations in Genoa: Piazza Principe and Genova Brignole. Through these stations, you will be able to connect to cities in Italy and other countries in Europe, even if it means having to switch trains at some point. This is a popular option for those traveling. Visit the Trenitalia website for hours, pricing and more. If you are traveling by car, Genoa can be reached by four main highways, making it easy to reach.
For example, if you’re in Rome, you can easily take a highspeed train “Frecciabianca” from the station Roma Termini and in five hours you will be in Genoa. So, don’t ask yourself: is Genoa near Rome? Genoa is not close to Rome but Trenitalia try to bridge the gap between Genoa and Rome.
Lastly, if you are coming by boat, most likely you are on a cruise ship, in which you will arrive right at the main port leaving you off directly into the center of the city with little to worry about. Anyway, on the site of the municipality of genoa you can find a Genoa guide pdf (here): the Genoa tourism guide you need.

  • From Genoa to Portofino: what is Portofino famous for?

Portofino is a small fishing village and, perhaps, the most fashionable place among those not far from Cinque Terre. Portofino is famous for being a luxury resort: it offers fascinating views and many places of historical and artistic interest. Silence and tranquility reign and many people enjoy their holidays tasting expensive delicacies.
But how far is Portofino from Genoa and is there a train from Genoa to Portofino?
Don’t worry, the distance between Genoa and Portofino is 24 km and the road distance is 33.2 km. Anyway, you can easily take an intercity train from station “Genova Piazza Principe” and in 30 minutes you will be in Santa Margherita Ligure – Portofino station and there you can take bus number 82 to Portofino.

  • From Genoa to Cinque Terre: how do I get from Genoa to Cinque Terre?

Genoa is located in a strategic position to reach Cinque Terre.  I mean, we’re talking about landscapes and views of rare beauty and you have to know that from Genoa you can easily reach Cinque Terre by train: every hour from Genova Piazza Principe Station you can take a train to  Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore. Simpler than that. So don’t google: is Genoa near Cinque Terre?

  • Genoa Beaches Guide

Discover the top 3 beaches in Genoa:


Boccadasse is a charming corner of the city, where you can feel good at any time of the day. As long as the sun is high, it is ideal for sunbathing on the beach, without leaving the centre.
In fact, it can be reached by bus in ten minutes from Brignole station, or by car there are plenty of parking spaces. It is definitely the right place to relax looking at this typical fishing village in the background or wandering around its narrow streets enjoying a good ice cream.


Capolungo is a little beach with clear water, it can be reached along the Anita Garibaldi Promenade in the direction of Bogliasco or along the road that goes from Nervi to Bogliasco between the Parks and the houses, stopping at the ancient station of Sant’Ilario.


The beach is easily accessible from Via dei Mille, it’s a very characteristic place because the small houses that surround it give the impression of a characteristic fishing village. Not to be missed.


  • Genoa Wash and Dry:

Remember, Italy doesn’t have dryers, and if you are lucky enough to have one then you won’t need to read the rest of this. However, chances are, you will only have a washing machine. If you choose to do wash and dry you laundry, there are laundromats around where you can do it yourself. One in particular is right in the center:

  • Wash and Dry Lavanderia Self Service – Via della Vigne 7r (the “r” is for business addresses) and is open from 6AM to 10PM. They will have dispensers there for soap, softener and dryer sheets, but you are also welcome to bring your own. It is easiest to have your euro coins ready in hand, but they will also have a change machine there, just in case.

For a printable tourist map of Genoa, click here: Genoa Map

For a Studentsville’s Genoa trip guide, click: here.

To make sure you are packing correctly, check out Genoa’s average weather year round: Genoa Weather

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