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Sprawled over Liguria's picturesque hills as they descend toward north-western Italy's Mediterranean coast, Genoa, the region's atmospheric capital city, justifies its nickname: la Superba.

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Portofino
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4.0 stars(35 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulSepOct
9 days from
£1,199 pp
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  • DestinationFrance, Italy
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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The Italian Riviera
22/Oct
S Williams
4 stars
“A very enjoyable holiday, spent with a lovely supportive group of fellow travellers and led by an extremely enthusiastic and helpful tour guide in James. Beautiful scenery, with plenty of interesting places to visit on our excursions. However, it involved a lot of walking and some places had lots of steps to negotiate with steep climbs. Day 1 from London to Turin was a very long one and the journey from Paris to Turin was particularly grewelling. We didn’t finish dinner until 11:15pm that evening. The transfer of luggage on this particular holiday is a very important consideration, and those with small suitcases had fewer problems. In hindsight those that had taken a larger suitcase between them as a couple would have been far better in taking a smaller one each. The staff at the Stella del mare hotel in Chiavari where we were based for the majority of the time were lovely, and the breakfast waitress couldn’t do enough for us. It was in a good location for our excursions. Dinner is not served at the hotel as inclusive on free days, which was somewhat disappointing as we found it difficult to find somewhere else to eat at that time of the season. There were issues at the hotel in Nice concerning dietary intolerances/preferences which could potentially have been fatal. The hotel in Turin was of a higher standard than the others. Although we were only based there for one night, it would have been preferable to have maintained this standard for the duration of the holiday. This was our first European trip with Rail Discoveries, and it was a very pleasant experience overall. We are now looking forward to deciding where to go with them next. Sue & Andrew - Selsey, West Sussex.
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Like many of Italy's great cities, Genoa has a rich and illustrious history. Occupied by the Greeks in the sixth century BC and later by the Romans, Genoa was destroyed by Carthaginians during the Punic Wars and rebuilt to become, by medieval times, a prosperous financial, shipbuilding and trading port. Subsequently beleaguered by the Black Death, ongoing wars with Venice, economic decline and the continual threat of piracy, Genoa's 'golden era' only arrived in the sixteenth century, when many notable artists and architects including Alessi, Rubens, Caravaggio and Van Dyck were drawn to the city.

This colourful history has shaped modern-day Genoa, its legacy evident in the city's wealth of magnificent architectural styles. The grand sixteenth and seventeenth century 'palaces' collected around the Via Garbaldi have earned UNESCO World Heritage status, whilst many more architectural gems are tucked away in the maze of narrow medieval streets that forms the Old Town at Genoa's heart.

These highlights and the city's many fine museums and galleries, its magnificent cathedral and ancient churches and its beautiful waterfront which combines the historic harbour with a thoroughly contemporary dock area demonstrate why Genoa is such a popular and rewarding destination, and referred to as 'the Superb one'.

Cattedrale di San Lorenzo

Genoa's Romanesque twelfth-century cathedral easily rivals those of Italy's other major historic cities, having retained its magnificence despite partial destruction by fire and by war and significant restoration and extension over the centuries. The cathedral's stunning internal decoration includes many fine sculptures and carvings, an exquisitely-painted high vaulted ceiling and pictorial stained-glass windows.

Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola

Housed in one of the many grand mansions ('palazzos') that were built by the aristocracy in Genoa during the seventeenth and eighteenth century, the National Gallery of Spinola Palace is set over four floors and contains original masterpieces by painters including Rubens, Tintoretto, Van Dyck and Strozzi, as well as ceramics, frescoes and period furniture.

Acquario di Genova

Located on the city's waterfront, Genoa's aquarium is the largest in Italy and one of the largest in Europe. Opened in 1993, the aquarium showcases biodiversity in seventy-one separate tanks which replicate natural marine environments including the Antarctic, the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Amazon, and the Indian Ocean and contain more than six hundred species of animals and plants including dolphins, sharks, seals and penguins as well as rare and exotic fish.

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