Head north to visit Genoa during a tour of Italy
When most people first look toward a tour of Italy, their minds may immediately go to iconic cities such as Rome, Venice and Florence. While they certainly offer an experience you'll remember for years to come, there are other destinations in the country that have plenty to offer in their own right, but may not get as much attention, and that includes Genoa. Located in the northernmost reaches of Italy, the city of about 600,000 is an ideal destination for a wide variety of reasons, from its cultural appeal to its unsurprisingly delicious cuisine.
Monuments and historic landmarks abound
Like most other European cities, Genoa is home to a wide variety of centuries-old buildings that speak to the continent's lengthy history. There are many to choose from, but one of the most striking buildings is undoubtedly the Doge's Palace. Parts of this iconic structure date as far back as 1251 and, as its name might suggest, it was originally intended to be the home of the Doge of Genoa. Today, it is used as a museum and hosts art exhibits and other cultural events.
Along with visiting the palace, you should make a point to stop by the Cathedral of Saint Lawrence. The construction of this beautiful church took centuries, but was officially completed in the 1600s. Today it attracts visitors not only for its striking architecture but also for the compelling artwork housed inside.
Plenty of parks
Of course, Genoa is home to much more than just beautiful architecture, it is replete with stunning natural scenery as well. The city contains an estimated 82,000 square meters of parks, so there are plenty to choose from. If you're looking for spectacular views of the coastline, your best bet is to head to the village of Nervi, which features a 1.2 mile walk along the cliffs.
Immerse yourself in Italian culture
Genoa is also a great destination if you're looking to get a firsthand experience of Italian culture. Along with plenty of chances to catch a soccer match (Genoa is home to two clubs), there is ample opportunity to enjoy many of the city's artistic exploits, whether it is watching a show at Teatro Carlo Felice or viewing some of its many famous artworks at San Donato.