Places to see

Genoa La Dolce Vita

It's easy to go out and enjoy yourself in Genoa. There is an abundance of restaurants and eating establishments in the historical city center to satisfy every taste, from traditional Ligurian cuisine to more exotic ethnic and fusion culinary creations. In addition, the musical scene is always in a ferment, not to mention the summertime, when the city explodes into festivals and the seaside areas fill up with crowds.

We recommend 4 areas where you can spend just the cocktail hour, or the entire evening:

  • Near the Piazza De Ferrarsi, there is a excellent selection of trattorias, restaurants and lounge bars in the area of via San Lorenzo, Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza San Donato and via Ravecca.
  • For a more "alternative" atmosphere, find your way to the area around via Garibaldi, on via Maddalena and all the adjacent alleyways.
  • The third alternative is still in the historic city center -- Porto Antico (the old port): here you will find the most "modern" version of Genoa: the multi-screen Cineplex, ice skating rink and abundant shops, restaurants and the most fashionable nightclubs, like the Fronte del Porto or the Banano Tsnunami.
  • Corso Italia: many destinations for cocktails, dinner, and after-dinner along the promenade: Mako, BBQ, Mae Ma, Mucca Bar, or some romantic little restaurant at Boccadasse.

Theatre: the Teatro Carlo Felice is Genoa's temple of classical music, opera, and ballet. For spoken-word theatre, there are many other theatres in Genoa with programs ranging from the classics to experimental theatre.

To listen to good live music in Genoa, try these excellent venues: for the world of jazz , try the Louisiana Jazz Club and the Borgoclub. For rock, pop, and indie, go to the Madeleine Cafe or the Senhor do Bonfim (at Genova Nervi).

"Five Lands" Cinque Terre

Five miles of rocky coast in eastern Liguria, two promontories lie at each extremity, thousands of kilometres of dry walling, cultivated into vineyards, five southerly villages castled up on spurs of stone or disposed in clusters of very small inlets. These are the co-ordinates of the Cinque Terre (Five lands).

Recognized finally as a National Park in 1999 and UNESCO protected territory since 1997 as a system of naturalistic environmental interest. This zone is characterized by the presence of precipitous slopes which have been cultivated into vineyards by means of fatiguing system of terracing the only evidence of transformation operated by the laborious human activity on the territory.

last update March 21, 2008, at 01:47 PM
by Stefano Deiuri