Recently given metropolis status, Genoa is a picturesque port city with lots to do and see. The striking contrast of old traditional buildings against the cranes and ships in the ports is second to none.
Genoa is the birthplace of Italian explorer and colonist Christopher Columbus, and a popular tourist activity here it to visit the home where he supposedly lived.
You can also enjoy scenic viewpoints and many museums and landmarks dotted around the city, from Palazzo Ducale to the grand square, Piazza de Ferrari.
It's also worth discovering the medieval old town, which has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. This area's narrow streets come to life in the evenings and on weekends.