Genoa (6 nights)
Enjoy a week on Italy’s enchanting Northwestern coast, where quaint fishing villages, gracious old-world harbors, and the fascinating city of Genoa have enticed travelers for centuries.
With the alluring city of Genoa as your home base, discover its elegant palaces and the fascinating labyrinth of caruggi (alleyways) that make up Genoa’s historic center and are packed with historical shops, offering treasures from spices to chocolates, fine linens, tableware, clothing, and beauty products.
Plus, venture out to the surrounding gems including splendid Portofino, charming Santa Margherita village, the medieval San Fruttuoso Abbey and Cinque Terre, five small colorful fishing villages carved out of the rocky mountainside above the sea.
Birthplace of Christopher Columbus, pesto and focaccia bread, Genoa is a city full of surprises. Named ‘the City of Palaces’ for its splendid gold-leaf halls of the Unesco-listed Palazzi dei Rolli and ‘the Superba’ for its glorious past and impressive landmarks, Genoa is arguably Italy’s most unjustly unknown city. As Charles Dickens rightly said: ‘It is a place that grows upon you every day! I will part from Genova with anything but a glad heart.’
Genoa and its region, Liguria, are perfect for marvelous outdoor activities, ranging from hiking to sailing to visiting tiny villages. It’s a territory that offers authentic experiences that are far from the more crowded and popular destinations in Italy.