About this listing
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 me personal, attentive and your privacy is respected.
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 me 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 and has undergone an extensive restoration by renowned Genoese architect. 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.
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 the tiny street and has an antique art-deco KING size bed.
The oversized kitchen 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.
The unique position of the apartment means there are numerous coffee shops where you can have perfect Italian breakfast and meet the locals ! In the summer it's almost a crime to seat inside and eat breakfast - do as the Italians do ! (There is the famous coffee shop "Fratelli Klaingutti' next to me where the great composer Guiseppe Verdi used to go everyday for coffee and brioche).
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'.
If you arrive by train at 'Principe' station, take a taxi to Piazza Cariccamento (outside the Aquarium) and from there is 10 min walk.
2. 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 7.00 to 24.00)
€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 - 3 hours away by train.
*French Riviera - Monte Carlo & Monaco, Nice, St Tropez, Cannes are just 2.5 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 my 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
You can have access to the whole apartment except my bedroom.
Interaction with Guests
I respect your privacy but as I am almost always at home I am available to answer any questions or demands.
Visitors either love or hate Genoa and few can remain indifferent. Most are wary at first and then begin to appreciate the city after having taken time to discover it. As Dickens wrote in 1843: I would never have thought that I would have become attached to the stones of the Genoan streets, and to think of the city with affection, as the place in which I had spent many hours of peace and happiness. Even today, Genoa provokes conflicting feelings, due to the fact that it is a place of contradictions. It is a Mediterranean port, which has always traded with nearby countries and so it has assimilated some of their habits and words, and it has always been a city of merchants and bankers, known by all as the most English city in Italy.
It is easy to be enraptured by the maze of narrow streets in the historic centre. Genoa is a vertical city, where the sky can sometimes feel very close and give one a feeling of dizziness. Refined palaces are side by side with humble houses, which in the historic centre, are all close to the beautiful churches of the city, which have austere, black and white striped, marble facades or opulent, baroque architecture. Genoa has a secret beauty that can be found in its daring architecture, traces of splendid frescoes and imposing, noble palaces. Beginning in Strada Nuova, now known as Via Garibaldi, this is a visible sign of the historic period of the seventeenth century, when the great, Genovese families were at their richest. This is a unique street because of the urban planning that it has inspired and the number of palaces here and their beauty. Visitors can enter the internal gardens and see the frescoes in the great salons.
The real essence of daily Genoese life, is not found in the rich palaces, but in the maze of alleyways the historic centre, such as Via di Sottoripa. This is the place where Genoese will stop for a chat, amidst the cries of street vendors and smells of coffee, fried food, perfumes and the unmistakeable smell of pesto, which is a typically Ligurian sauce.
Other Things to Note
The fact that this isn’t a 24-hour hotel also means it’s even more important to be clear about when you’ll arrive. So get your stay off to a good start by giving as much of an idea as you can about when you’ll arrive! And if you’re going to be late, call, text or email to say so.
Laundry is available in the street next to our apartment .
- LINEN, TOWELS AND HAIRDRYER ARE PROVIDED
- WI-FI INCLUDE
-Breakfast available at numerous coffee shops around us,enjoy the italian way and have a (email hidden) and meet the locals!
-Please do not eat in your bedroom - it is strictly forbidden. You can store some food in the fridge. In case you do want to try some bought light food at home , please ask for permission.
About the Host, Ivo
I graduated from the Cinematography Academy and work as a freelance journalist . Travel, music, art and food are my passion. Now I fully enjoy Airbnb and meeting different nationalities from across the globe.
I'll do my best to be great host. I appreciate that you have chosen to stay with me and I'll try to make sure that your vacation is filled with unforgettable experiences and memories.
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
Plato, Greek philosopher (427 BC - 347 BC)
BENVENUTI A VOSTRA CASA! (WELCOME TO YOUR HOME)!