Genoa for under £100 a night: the best places to stay, where to eat and what to see

The port city of Genoa was once a medieval superpower to rival Venice and still has grand palaces and ornate churches to prove it.

But as much as you love to wander the alleys of the historic center, it’s hard to resist the temptation to spend most of your time sampling the local cuisine or shopping in family-run shops to explore the province of Liguria. to take home.

Here’s how to enjoy the city on a budget…

For example, on a trip to Genoa, visit Gelateria Profumo and the fishing village of Boccadasse

Where to stay

Hotel Le Nuvole

Collect your keys from the sister hotel next door and then enter this grand former mansion that sits on a bustling pedestrianized square in the historic center. Take the lift to the top floor and a stylish boutique residence where your bedroom (one of 15) may have a view of the pretty church next door or a terrace below. B&B doubles from £74 (hotellenuvole.it).

Hotel No Logo

This little frills place is in a good location next to a pedestrianized street and has a large terrace with jacuzzi. The 56 rooms are sparsely furnished, but whatever you save on the bill, spend it at nearby cafes and restaurants. A good breakfast costs £4 pp. One room only doubles from £57 (hotelnologo.it).

Valery Guesthouse

A family run B&B which is part of a 15th century former monastery. There are only two rooms, either sold together to families or groups – or one is kept empty if you take the other so you will never share with strangers. There is a terrace with a beautiful view of the city. B&B doubles from £61 (valeryguesthouse.com).

What to see and do?

Wander the alleys of Genoa, pictured, a city full of grand palaces and ornate churches

Wander the alleys of Genoa, pictured, a city full of grand palaces and ornate churches

Centro Storico

The historic center of Genoa is crossed by caruggi, medieval alleys that connect squares and streets with shops, churches and cafes. Expect to get lost!

If you need help, guide Barbara Cudia charges from £30pp for a group of four for three hours (hellogenoa.eu). Take one of the 18 public lifts and cable cars (amt.genova.it) to make climbing the city hills easy.

Boccadasse

Coastal Walk: Walk to charming Boccadesse, the perfect place for sunset photos

Coastal Walk: Walk to charming Boccadesse, the perfect place for sunset photos

Follow the locals and walk along the miles of Corso Italia in the early evening to the fishing village of Boccadasse. It’s the perfect spot for sunset photos – and you can stop for cocktails or a fried fish snack.

Palazzo Spinola

Built in 1593, the Palazzo Spinola National Gallery contains works by Brea, Tintoretto and Rubens (entrance £5.20, palazzospinola.beniculturali.it).

Il Gesu

Pictured is the 'astonishingly rich Baroque interior' of the 16th-century Il Gesu Church

Pictured is the ‘astonishingly rich Baroque interior’ of the 16th-century Il Gesu Church

The 16th-century Il Gesu church in Piazza Matteotti looks drab from the outside, but has an amazingly rich Baroque interior (cultureinliguria.it).

Where to eat

Trattoria Rosmarino

Trattoria Rosmarino is an 'unpretentious' eatery close to the large Piazza de Ferrari (pictured)

Trattoria Rosmarino is an ‘unpretentious’ eatery close to the large Piazza de Ferrari (pictured)

Genoa is home to focaccia and pesto, and the restaurants make full use of delicious, local ingredients. Trattoria Rosmarino is an unpretentious place for lunch or dinner just off the grand Piazza de Ferrari. It highlights the best produce from Liguria: a delicious pasta and pesto dish costs £9. Salted cod with potatoes and olives costs £12.

Mercato Orientale

This budget lunch spot lets you dine from a dozen stalls under one roof — an appetizer here, a main there, a dessert to go — so mix and match.

The setting, with the sun shining in through the large top windows, is quite beautiful. If you want a more formal meal, head upstairs where 24-year-old wonder chef Daniele Rebosio oversees the kitchen with a main course averaging £20 (moggenova.it).

20 Tre

After visiting the 12th-century Abbey of San Matteo (pictured right), head to 20 Tre for dinner

After visiting the 12th-century Abbey of San Matteo (pictured right), head to 20 Tre for dinner

This restaurant is a short walk from the 12th century Abbey of San Matteo, a handy reference point if you get lost searching for it in the narrow cluster of narrow streets here. Your meal can include prawn tartare with apple and vermouth ice cream, homemade gnocchi with monkfish and crisp asparagus, for a main course costing around £16 (ristorante20tregenova.it).

Gelateria Profumo

Coming to Italy and don’t have gelato? Unthinkable. This rather nondescript ice cream parlor is well worth seeking out for the array of mouth-watering flavors made daily on site.

The ice creams are hidden in metal jars, so all the more reason to taste before deciding. The sister bakery nearby makes some of the most luxurious cakes and pastries in town (villa1827.it).

Must know

British Airways (ba.com), easyJet (easyjet.com) and Ryanair (ryanair.com) fly to Genoa. volabus (amt.genova.it) connects the airport to the city center and costs £5 one way. Genoa tourist information: visitgenoa.it.

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