It doesn’t get more ‘Italian’ than Genoa, with its quirky little caruggi (alleyways), outdoor cafés, Mediterranean-style terracotta-roofed houses and seaside villas. Genoa rises up from the Ligurian sea against a steep hillside; its historic centre located only 10 to 20 minutes’ walk from Porto Antico.
Famed for being the birthplace of explorer, Christopher Columbus, and once the most important harbor of the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa exudes 19th century charm. It’s palaces and churches stand alongside laundry-draped apartments, while frescoes, paintings and sculptures showing off the town’s rich heritage can be seen almost everywhere.
Your cruise ship will dock at Porto Antico, which has in recent years enjoyed a bit of a revamp and now offers a range of cafés, a maritime museum, play centre and, would you believe, Europe’s second-largest aquarium.