Last September, my husband and I had were lucky enough to add on a few extra days to our Milan Fashion Week trip. Given that it was my first time in Italy, I was keen to jump on the train and explore some of the stunning coastal surrounds, so that's exactly what we did! We spent two glorious days in Genoa roaming the charming streets and eating all the food, then three days of luxury in Santa Margherita with day trips to Portofino, Cinque Terre and San Fruttuoso.
The whole trip was nothing short of stunning, and of course the food is in a complete league of its own. When my friends over at Deadly Ponies asked me to share my top 5 tips for the city, I realised it was about time I share our little European adventure with you too. Here are my suggestions for two days in historic Genoa...
1. Walk everywhere - Genoa's old town is best discovered on foot, make your way through tiny winding alleys, discover new cafes and restaurants and take in the incredible architecture.
2. See the city from above - There are a few vantage points throughout Genoa that give you spectacular views over the city. Two of our favourites were the Belvedere Castelleto (accessible by a public elevator near Via Garibaldi if you have done enough walking for the day) and the incredible Castelo d'Albertis which is also definitely worth a look inside.
3. Eat all the pesto - No, seriously. Genoa is famous for its pesto and focaccia, so you'll need to have at it. Our favourite 'trofie al pesto' was at Cavour 21. Book ahead, or get there early to avoid missing out. We tried to go back a second time and they were already full up just after 7pm.
4. See the sights - Genoa has a lot to offer, so make sure you plan out your day to see as much as possible. Take a stroll along Via Garibaldi, a world heritage listed street which houses a stunning group of palaces, see the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo and the Palazzo Royale (Royal Palace of Genoa) and make sure you stop for deliscous food and Coffee breaks along the way.
5. Indulge - From gelato at Profumo di Rosa, old fashioned sweets at Pasticceria Profumo and evening aperitivo at your local bar, there is something for everyone. I also recommend staying at La Superba, a cosy bed & breakfast with lovely views that makes for a relaxing place to rest your head after a long day of exploring...
Images by Rohan Peterson