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I offer generous Mediterranean warmth in a home full of character, atmosphere and history. This is not your usual 'hotel' type accommodation and I try to make your stay with us personal, attentive and your privacy is respected. I live here and can offer you sensible suggestions to help you make the most of your stay.
NB! I have a strict 'no smoking' policy out of respect to all our guests.
The apartment is in a 16th century 'renaissance' period palazzo. The ancient foyer betrays her age but once you reach the apartment everything changes. There is no elevator in the building - only the original ancient marble and ardesia staircase to our apartment on the 3rd floor. Please note that there are steps to climb so the apartment may not be suitable for everyone.
The apartment is enormous (215m2 or 2315 ft2) and has undergone an extensive restoration by renowned Genoese architect, Saverio Fera. I felt it important to uncover and preserve her fascinating 460 year old history and character for future generations.
The grand salon's ceiling is decorated with 19th century ceiling motifs and is furnished with antique and modern furniture, eclectic art works, a Bechstein grand piano, Murano chandelier.
A further sitting room overlooks 'Piazza Lepre' which is a very popular and lively bar with the locals & tourists.
The main en-suite bedroom (size = 27m2) has exposed ancient wooden beams and walls. The bed is KING size with a great mattress (perfect for those 'amore moments)! It has a compact bathroom with WC, basin and rain shower head . There is a priceless in-built carved ardesia panel framing a wall bureau dating from the 16th century.
There is a second spacious bathroom with two large rain showers, WC & bidet.
The second bedroom overlooks Vico Lepre and has an antique art-deco KING size bed.
The oversized 'eat in 'kitchen where I serve breakfast has a Murano chandelier and antique Genoese marble basin, exposed original wooden beams and the mast from an ancient ship on the ceiling.
All the rooms have massive 4m long raw silk drapes imported from Mumbai.
I offer you free WI-FI so you can keep in contact with your friends & family.
Your stay includes a complimentary 'European continental' style breakfast - Italian coffee, herbal & Indian teas, cheese, toasted breads, seasonal fruit, jams, marmalade, eggs & fruit juice.
Fresh bed linen & towels as well as complimentary body wash, shampoo & hair conditioner.
Local guide books, maps and Italian phrase books are available for your convenience as well as a comprehensive book, CD and DVD library for you to enjoy.
Metro (closest is in the old port); excellent bus service; taxis & regional trains and a bicycle hiring facility is found all over the city.
NB! It is your responsibility to advise me at least a day before of your arrival details (expected time, place etc). Full details directions to the apartment will be sent to you once your reservation is confirmed and you have informed me of your mode of arrival (train, car or airplane.
There are 2 railways stations: 'Principe' and 'Brignole'.
There are various options to meet you:
1. If you arrive at Principe station, walk to 'Piazza Lepre' in the 'centro storico' (+- 15 min) and I will wait for you at the apartment.
2. If you arrive by train at 'Principe' station, take a taxi (€6.00 and I will meet you at 'Piazza Caricamento' in front of the Genoa Aquarium.
3. Genoa International Airport is 20 minute drive away. There is a regular bus service to the city centre and the ticket costs €6.00. The drop off point is only about a 7 minute walk to the apartment.
Whatever you decide to do, please sms me once you arrive to advise me where to meet you so I can plan accordingly and not keep you waiting.
p.s. If you have any concerns, please email me or send a message via AirBnB and I will respond promptly and appropriately.
1. The closest parking is 5 minutes from the apartment next to the Aquarium in the old port.
NB! Please note that we do not set the charges:
€2 per hour for the first 2 hours (from (phone number hidden))
€1.80 / hour after first 2 hours
€1 per hour from 24.00 (midnight) until 7.00am
2. PARKING GARAGE OLIMPO (cheaper)
Via Bellucci Dino 16 Rosso
16149 Genova (GE)
Genoa is on the Italian Riviera in the province of Liguria. It has fine sandy beaches and fishing villages and it is an ideal base for day trips to:
*The Cinque Terre , Portofino, Santa Margherita & Camogli easily accessed by either by boat from the historic portin the summer and by train or car.
*Florence and Pisa - 2 hours away by train.
*French Riviera - Monte Carlo & Monaco, Nice, St Tropez, Cannes are just 2 hours away by train.
*San Remo, La Spezia, Portovenere, Lerici, Bergeggi, Noli - 1:30min away by train or car.
Piemonte - the great wineries in Asti and Alba - 2 hours away by train.
*Boccadasse, an idyllic little fishing village & swimming beach (about 20 minutes away by bus).
OUR LOCAL AREA
Take a look at the 'Guidebook' for maps and listings of things to do in Genoa!
My home is surrounded by great trattorias, pizzerias, focaccerias, bars and food delicatessens. You will discover one of Italy's most renowned cuisines with some of the finest wines, olive oils, breads and salumi.
Sweet shops like 'Romanengo' are world renowned and there are many historical cafes and organic farmers markets. You will be astounded by the hundreds of magnificent historical palazzos, churches, museums & theaters including the renowned 'Carlo Felice' opera house.
There are also many unique Italian designer clothing boutiques to indulge in shopping therapy!
The 'Centro Storico' or historic centre where our apartment is situated, is a bustling and safe area to stroll about in and Is the best example in the Mediterranean of an entirely preserved medieval town. It will give you a fascinating glimpse into the daily life here. Genoa has successfully managed to retain its ancient and vibrant 'living city' atmosphere which has sadly been lost my more famous Italian cities.
You may encounter the 'working ladies' in some of the alleys (vicoli). They have been part of the fabric of Genoa for over a thousand years (some look like they were here right from the beginning)! They provide a service to the sailors and old Italian grandfathers whose wives have long since retired from active duty!
The 'old port' is the heart of Genoa and the regeneration we enjoy today is due to the restoration by the famous architect Renzo Piano. The old part has been declared a World Heritage site by Unesco.
The Aquarium is one of the largest in the world and attracts millions of visitors every year.
The 'Marcato Orientale' is an impressive covered food market and one of the largest in Europe. It's perfect for buying seasonal fruit & vegetables, Italian cheeses & salumi like prosciutto, salami, bresaola etc.
The famous 'Staglieno cemetry' is well worth a visit not only for the many famous people buried there but also for the magnificent marble tombs which are art works in themselves.
The greatest violinist of all time, Paganini, was born in Genoa and his priceless Guarnieri violin 'IL CANONE' is on permanent display in Palazzo Tursi.
Operatic composer Guiseppe Verdi spent 40 winters in Genoa because of the warm winter sunshine. The famous Vienesse style cafe KLAINGUTI still make their famous dessert 'Falstaf' named in honour of the maestro's last opera.
The composer Alessandro Stradella was 'assasinated' on the steps of 'San Pietro di Banchi' whilst attempting to seek refuge in the church! His tomb is in the Basilica Santa Maria delle Vigne (both around the corner from our home).
One of the most important events in Genoa is the 'Notte Bianca' or 'White Nights' (Sept 2013) with art exhibitions, film screenings, theatre shows, music and museums open till the early hours of the morning.
For boating enthusiasts the world's leading yachting exhibition takes place every October.
The villages in the 'entro terra' (inside lands) are perched on the hills and valleys above Genoa and are breathtakingly beautiful.
GUIDED TOUR (Price on Application)
"Genoa's beauty is hidden, secret, almost impenetrable. In order to love Genoa, you need to know the city intimately. Genoa does not dazzle you but conquers you little by little!"
I offer a two hour fascinating walking tour of the 'historic centre'. You will get to know magnificent 'palazzos' and priceless works of art by artists like Rubens, Carravaggio, Parodi, Benedetto Castilione and Luca Cambiaso. You will also discover the best local eating and shopping places.
I am passionate and informed about Genoa and I want to share it's history with you and ensure you have a memorable experience in Italy's most fascinating 'secret'!
This ancient city was at the centre of some of the most significant historical events that have shaped our lives today. Genoa has evolved to become the most vibrant and inhabited medieval centre in Europe.
The city's rich and turbulent history stretches back almost 1000 years BC. Some of the most significant events that took place in Western civilization are to be found on my doorstep!
The proud Genoese still cling to once being the most important maritime power during the Roman Empire. Within the old medieval walls much hasn't changed since Genoese ships launched raids on the Venetians!
There are hundreds of palazzos in between the narrow alleyways. Via Garibaldi is certainly Europe's most beautiful boulevard and it is lined with grand palazzos including fantastic museums like Palazzo Bianco, Palazzo Tursi and Palazzo Rosso with Carravaggio's 'Ecce Homo' (Man of Sorrows).
The Palazzo Ducale, where the Doges (Dukes) of Genoa resided, houses important masterpieces and exhibitions. The Palazzo Reale in Via Balbi was home to the kings of Savoy and has an ornate 17th century interior and a mirrored hall to match Versailles!
The 'porto antico' (historic port) with it's museums, movie theaters, cafés and a beautiful promenade along the sea. It's a wonderful spot to stop for a bite and maybe taste Liguria's mouth-watering PESTO! Crafted of olive oil, garlic, pine nuts and basil. Another must try is the 'focaccia' bread, which also originated here. Topped with olive oil, salt and enjoyed with a little bit of white wine, this is a simple, delectable treat - Just like the rest of Genoa!
The poet Paul Valery wrote in 'Au hasard et au crayon', "... sweet
smelling kitchens, huge pies, chickpea flour... mixtures. Sardines in olive oil, hard- boiled eggs inside pies, spinach pies, fried food. This cooking is very very old!"
Henry Aubert in 'Città e Genti d’Italia' describes the Christmas season atmosphere "shops and food are shining. Multicolour cakes, and pastries, scarlet lobsters, pink prawns, enormous turkeys, huge hams, mountains of lemons and oranges attract the eye".
Fernand Braudel in 'L’Italia che mi ha incantato' declared "Genoa fascinates me! It is not possible to eat better anywhere!"
APERITIVO TIME (between 17h30 / 20h00)
The aperitif is an important moment and many places make the 'aperitivo' their distinguishing feature. There are places where Genoa's history was written in front of an aperitivo!
The aperitif is usually accompanied by delicacies such as focaccia with anchovies, panissa and hot cuculli, pasta with pesto, small vegetable pies and frittata, salmon canapes, slices of cima, cod fritters, salamis, slivers of cheese and octopus with parsley. A meal in itself!
In the immediate area there is a myriad of bars and restaurants with live music, theatres, cabarets, pubs, nightclubs, blues clubs, jazz, rap and poetry.
Piazza della Lepre, Piazza delle Erbe and Via San Bernardo are the heart of Genoa’s nightlife. Many bars and cafés have sprung up around them, which are often crowded with people. This part of the old town has become the most popular hangout for revelers of all ages!
The 'Corso Italia ' is a promenade that runs along the rocky cliffs overhanging the sea. It is lined with night clubs offering live music, private beaches and small bars.
Average temperatures are about 15° C in January and 23° C in August. It has a mild Mediterranean climate with no sudden changes. Rain is more frequent between October and November.
The sea is mainly calm and averages about 23° C.
___________________________________________________ LA SUPERBA!
"Genoa is the crookedest and most incoherent of cities; tossed about on the sides and crests of a dozen hills, it is seamed with gullies and ravines that bristle with those innumerable palaces for which we have heard from our earliest years that the place is celebrated. Down about the basement, in the little, dim, close alleys, the people are for ever moving to and fro, or standing in their cavernous doorways or their dusky, crowded shops, calling, chattering, laughing, scrambling, living their lives in the conversational Italian fashion".
Henry James, 'Italy Revisited' in 'Portrait of Places', 1883
"The dock-front of Genoa is marvelous! Such heat and colours and dirt and noise and loud wicked alleys with all the washing of the world hanging from the high windows".
Dylan Thomas, letter to his parents, 5 May 1947
The reservation was canceled 15 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
Ivo met me to show me the way to the apartment and took care of my heavy suitcase, even up the 72 steps. Ivo and Edmundo have a beautifully renovated home. There are so many pieces of art and artifacts to look at. The bedroom is so calm and quiet. It's easy to sleep in, but you don't want to oversleep and miss breakfast. Edmundo's omelette was wonderful. There were even fresh flowers in the room.
Both Ivo and Edmundo were very helpful with sightseeing advice. Getting the 48 hour museum card was a great suggestion. They are very interesting and widely traveled men. We had a wonderful conversion with some wine my first night there.
If stairs are a problem, Edmundo's and Ivo's would not be for you, which would be too bad because it is a wonderful place to stay.
Well, we came back to stay at Edmondo's and Ivo's place on our return home through Genova! (check out previous review for all details). Just one night this time but with wine flowing freely and conversation and reflection on end! We looked forward to seeing the boys again and enjoy their great hospitality once again. It was like coming home and we slept like stones after a long day drive! We will miss you both! If you have an opportunity to pop to Genova this is the place to stay and enjoy not only the comforts of local hospitality but meet some cool locals and 'THE VOICE'! Thank God ( no punt intended) I did not drown that eventful day in Comoglia! Cheers guys!
Well where do we start! Not enough words to describe our stay with Edmondo and Ivo! Lets start by how incredible and wonderful those 2 partners in crime are! Warm, intelligent, open minded and great cooks to beat! Thanks to them we fell in love not only with the apartment but the incredible place that Genova is! We shared so much more then just there space but stories, wine and those unique omelettes. We also made friends for life! The place is smack in the middle of Genova with great beaches only 10-20 min away. The town is also so authentic which we loved and this is so hard to find when you are bombarded with tourist all around! Anyway, I am starting to dribble so just go, open your soul (ok it may sound cheesy) and the rest will follow! Cheers guys! You are already missed in the grey skies of Berlin!
Our stay at Edmondo and Ivo was really good. No wonder they've hosted over 100 with great reviews.
We spent 4 days, waking up to a delicious home-made breakfast. The guys were very kind, and full of great advices as to where to go, which places to visit, where to have dinner at night, etc.
We'd strongly recommend staying at Edmondo & Ivo's place.
The only not-so-good thing about our stay was the season choice: we found many many things closed on late August in Genoa and around..
What to say :
Great hosts, great appartment, great omelette, great stay !
If back to Genoa, we will definitely go back to Edmondo & Ivo's place.
Wish we've stayed longer !
Alexandre & Clémence
If possible I would give Edmondo & Ivo a 6 star rating!
Our stay was pure pleasure - Edmondo & Ivo were great hosts - they have told us about good places to visit and also told us exactly what are the places near Genoa to visit.
Flat that we were staying in is located in centre of Genoa and is very convenient for public transport, bars, restaurants and other places.
You will not find better place to stay in Genoa. If you want to have great time and are tired of soulless hotels this is the place to stay!
Dear Edmondo & Ivo,
what more can we say than "thank you for the lovely stay"?
Well, we can say a lot more!! ;-)
Thank you, for the heartly welcome in Genova and the beautiful appartment we were sharing with you.
Highly helpful were Edmondo & Ivo when it came to recommend (hidden) must-see places in Genova and surroundings. What would we have done without you?! If you ever need help in any aspect, they will be happy to provide help. Thanks, also for that!
We will never forget the dinner with you guys, that was just stunning. We still can hear Edmondo singing and see Ivo grinning :-)
We can highly recommend staying with Edmondo & Ivo, you will definetely not regret it as both are very charming, funny and interesting people.
Greetings from Germany,
Lena & Martin
Surely the best hosts ever! We loved our characterful and unique room in Edmondo and Ivo's home where we were made so welcome. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast to start the day and any help we needed to plan our days.Genoa is a fascinating city and to spend a few days there was wonderful but we could easily have stayed longer. You must stay with Edmondo and Ivo because they make it a very special experience.
We just loved our stay with Edmundo and Ivo! The apartment was an adventure, the room was charming, the breakfast was delicious and the hosts were welcoming and great fun. Genova is really a hidden gem, and the location of Edmundo and Ivos place is perfect. We hope to get the chance to go back there some day!