Old Port (Porto Antico), Genoa

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Soaked in history and rich in local color, Old Port (Porto Antico) houses museums, movie theaters, cafes, restaurants, and shops. Renowned architect Renzo Piano redeveloped this area in the 1990s, restoring the historic buildings, like the old cotton warehouse, and creating new landmarks that have become the city’s biggest tourist draws. Take a long walk along the seafront promenade and be sure to visit the harbor’s biggest attractions, which include a museum dedicated to the city’s special relationship to the sea and a modern aquarium. Genoa remains an important port on the Mediterranean, and this busy harbor is filled to the brim with yachts, ferries, cargo ships, and boats of all sizes. Stop by for a bit of sightseeing, shopping, and fine dining. Plan to visit Old Port (Porto Antico) and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Genoa attractions using our Genoa trip planning site .
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  • After being two days in Genoa, I think the old port is the most dynamic area of the city both during the day because of the presence of the Aquarium and other museums, as well as shipbuilding and night where we had dinner near the ships beautiful ... nice place and quiet, where there is also a great parking lot which is called old port
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  • The port is the best place to understand Genoa: full of cafes, people always on the move, a thousand things ... is the center of life in Genoa! A must see!!
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  • The old port of Genoa is a nice surprise: stroll through the alleys it tastes like old times, with small shops, alleys and suggestive as ever you'd find in a big city. The only sore point is that on nightfall isn't really well attended and it's a shame because it is full of bars, restaurants and cafes of all kinds and it would be nice to enjoy the harbour safely even by night
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  • Ordinary food - pasta dishes mostly, questionable wine. Did not bother to complain that I was served still water when I had ordered 'con gas'
  • Had a beer in the sun on the terrace at lunch. Very nice and relaxing
  • Nice food
  • No value for price, too expensive compared to quality. The regulars I saw being treated better, I ate the same things of the person sitting at the table close by and the portions were very different. Would not recommend it to anyone
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  • Local with great view and comfortable both in summer and in winter. Staff and prepared. Great food and excellent value for money. Highly recommended!
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Located just steps from the city's famous tourist sites, Genoa's centrally located B&Bs and hotels offer comfortable lodgings suitable for all tastes and budgets. To avoid the expense and stress of driving and parking in Genoa's central districts, look for a boutique hotel just outside the city center. Staying out of the busy heart of Genoa is a practical and affordable compromise, offering a good base for exploring numerous fishing villages located along the coastline. Hostels operating in residential areas also offer private parking and easy access to buses into the center of town.
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