Travel to Genoa in Italy, a maritime city with a locals-only feel.
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Travelers to the Cinque Terre often visit Genoa where they board the train towards La Spezia. When planning your Italy vacation, Genoa is a wonderful choice for a one day stop over. Only 100 miles from Milan, Genoa is a leisurely 2 hour drive straight down the A7 highway!
Visit the aquarium
The seaside city known as the birthplace of Christopher Columbus boasts one of the largest aquariums in Europe with over 33,000- square feet of underwater beauty! Before embarking on your travels to Cinque Terre, spend a few hours in this futuristic aquarium that will make you feel like you've been on the Star Trek Enterprise! See the highly regarded dolphin exhibits then enjoy a seafood lunch in the quaint city of Genoa.
After visiting the aquarium, walk 10 minutes to Via Garibaldi, a wide promenade known for its opulent 16th-century residences, museums and Renaissance palaces. This area of Genoa is full of local restaurants, cafes and boutiques - many of which take you back to the simplicity of life in Italy. In Genoa, it's easy to blend in like a local!
Walk from Via Garibaldi to the Palazzi dei Rolli and Strade Nuove del Centro Storico to enjoy the many galleries, antique stores and cafes. If you’re feeling hungry for Italian cured meats and cheeses, walk one mile from Via Garibaldi to Mercato Orientale, a terrific local market. With affordable prices, Mercato Orientale has a wonderful selection of stalls where simple foods taste divine!