About This Listing
Charming apartment in the old city of center of Genoa. The house is comfortable, spacious, bright and quiet. A few steps from the beautiful palaces of via Garibaldi and attraction of the city.
Charming apartment in the old city of center of Genoa.
The building is an old monastery with a church built in the 1300 called San Bartolomeo dell'Olivella.
The appartament is very confortable, surface about 100 mq, 2 bedroom (1 double bed, 1 double sofa bed), 1 living room with two big sofas, 1 equipped kitchen with a table and a small terrace, 2 bathroom, indipendent heating.
Silent and bright with a big mast in the middle of the living room.
In the neighboroods a small Marketplace and a lot of small bars and restaurants.
Within walking distance from everything you need or you wish to visit in Genoa: it's just a few steps Via Garibaldi and its museums Palazzo Rosso and Palazzo Bianco, Galleria di Palazzo Spinola, the Old Port of Genoa, the Aquarium and the Ships to Camogli, Portofino and Cinque Terre.
A few minutes by walk from train and bus station.
The neighborhood is part of historic city center, but remains slightly secluded and therefore very quiet. Close to home you can get lost among small creuze by characteristic names and discover wonderful corners and hidden squares.
In nearby Piazza del Carmine the newly renovated municipal market offers various food and wine bar open in the evening. In the square a good bakery where to buy focaccia, a creperie and another bar with outdoor seating.
Other Things to Note
Smoking allowed and bring small pets. e careful with heating, close before leaving
Si può fumare e portare piccoli animali domestici. Fare attenzione con il riscaldamento, chiudere prima di partire.
Luisa met us and helped settle us in. She had some tourist information that as helpful. The photographs represent the apartment but be aware that it is a most unusual set up. There a lot of steps to get to the apartment. The shower is a very small. The apartment would not suite someone with mobility issues. We enjoyed ourselves and consider it to have been an important part of our Italian experience. There is a great little cafe in Piazza Carmine for drinks and snacks.
This was a very cool place to stay. Charming indeed. Well equipped and comfortable. Luisa made us really welcome and booked a table for us at local restaurant. Highly recommended.
Sejour parfait, Luisa est adorable, disponible et de très bons conseils, l'appartement est conforme aux descriptions : grand, confortable et délicieusement atypique dans un ancien quartier calme et proche du centre.
The Piazza is not easy to find, but when we did find it we were met by a smiling Luisa who helped us with the luggage and finding a parking lot. (If you come by car you have to unload on the street while trying not to block the traffic a couple of minutes away from the building.)
The surroundings and the building itself involve a lot of stair climbing which is ok for healthy adults and older children but was not very practical for us with a baby in a pram. The flat is stunning; it is very comfortable and tastefully decorated (and perfectly clean), and it felt more like a home than a holiday flat. The kitchen equipment does not suggest big cooking but is sufficient for making breakfast and cooking light meals. This might not be the perfect place for families with toddlers, what with the kitchen area not having a hand railing/balustrade. The nights were quiet. Luisa is a very friendly and helpful host, and I am sorry we didn´t have time to visit the museum where she works.
The good: This is a great location. EVERYthing is within walking distance and the area is super quiet in the evenings. The apartment is bright and airy and comfortable. We had no problems with just hanging out on the big, oversized sofas.
The bad: The twisty, narrow roads of Genova make the apartment somewhat hard to find after a long flight delay and a drive from Malpensa, even with a navi. Luisa was ill and couldn't meet us and without her help it was difficult to then find the actual apartment, as Olivella is quite a large building with many staircases. The second bed is a worn out futon that is fine for one person, but two people keep rolling into the middle. It also wasn't made up and though we located a sheet, there was no duvet cover. I also got a 32€ parking ticket for parking where she suggested and though I asked for assistance on how to pay (it was all in Italian), she didn't reply. The shower is a bit of a trick and the second bathroom is not for tall people.
I'm sure we were difficult to deal with since we were 4 hours behind schedule and then lost in the city for another hour. We were tired and not ready for 160 steps in an unfamiliar location to an apartment that was just plain difficult to find given the instructions. In the end we found it and it was lovely. Note: the apartment has some "unprotected platforms" so it is not for those who drink a lot or small children.
Luisa's place was beyond fantastic!!! It was huge and absolutely beautiful. The location was perfect--it's right in piazza del carmine, which has plenty of cafes and activity (though quiet at night for good sleeping!), and is a very short walk from anything you might want in Genoa. the two bedrooms are very private and nice, and there's definitely room for at least 2 more guests (6 total) on the 2 couches in the sitting room. The little terrace gives a BEAUTIFUL view of the area, and the kitchen, dining table, and wonderful sitting area really make it a spacious and homey place to stay. I cannot recommend it highly enough!!
About the Host, Luisa
I'm from Genoa and I came back to live here after many years, I love my city. I'm curious person and I like traveling and meet new people. I work at the Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce which is a very lively and charming place.
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