Often nicknamed La Superba, and once one of the great city states of Italy, Genoa has a proud maritime history making it a compelling destination for yachting enthusiasts passing through the western Mediterranean. The city stands on a hillside above the splendid harbour, the sight from sea at dusk is breath-taking.
As a cultural capital it benefits from a clutch of museums, some housed in palaces, as well as hosting an array of cultural events. Don’t miss the maritime museum and the giant aquarium, the largest in Europe. Genoa was the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, and history lovers will appreciate a tour of the old harbour, Port Antico, which was restored to its former glory in 2004. For more earthly pleasures, Genoa boasts plenty of chic boutiques and a sophisticated bar and restaurant scene. The town is typically Italian in its design: lavish arcades and leafy piazzas, populated with fine shops and convivial pavement cafés in which you can while away the heat of the afternoon. Visit Genoa for a perfect pairing of history and modernity, tradition and innovation, all set against a picture-perfect Italian landscape.