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Jan 7, 2015 - I am Italiano!

Well, a stranger in a strange land. Delays/rescheduling, but still made it to Genoa on time. Genoa has to be the best kept secret of Italy. With Americanos, anyway. Coined "The Mistress of the Sea". Italy's largest/busiest seaport. Genoa is called La Superba (The Proud). My young Landlord sure is proud of his city and loves it. The large historic district has an ecletic wealth of Palazzos, churches, palaces, museums, & gallaries. This area is a maze or labrynith of streets & alleys. They twist & turn and everchange levels. One cannot plan a...

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Jan 7, 2015 - Vespas, Vespas, & more Vespas

Just like being in Sturgis during the Rally. Gotta watch for them as they come quick. And all cars are small. Some smaller than small. Lotta smokers. Young,old,men,women. Fashion dressers. Young, old, men, women. Women look past me. No eye contact. Hmmm. I ate the best pizza I've ever had in my life tonight. 1/2 block from my flat! Just a local joint ran by the neighborhood mafia. Groups of men are common socializing in mornings/evenings. Yesterday was really warm and still people in warm coats. I was gonna wear shorts & t-shirts, but...

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Oct 3, 2014 - Genoa

October 3rd: We arrived at Genoe at asbout 8am this morning, Beautiful picturesque city of 600,000 inhabitants and birthplace of Chritopher Columbus. We rushed breakfast because our bus was leaving at 9:15 for Portofino. We arrived 45 minutes later at Santa Margarita di Luguri and from there we had to take a ferry boat to Portofino since no cars are allowed. We arrived at our desrtination 15 minutes later. Visited St-Georges Church, the oldest in Portofino. Quite a climb to walk in order to get there. This pitoresque little town caters to...

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May 16, 2014 - Genoa

Another 2 hour train ride, from Turin to Genoa. First views of Genoa were of Port area as taxi took me towards Port Antico district where La Superba B&B is situated. There is a big cruise ship in port-massive. Genoa is the main Mediterranean Sea port for Italy, and was once a major Naval Base. Very busy but picturesque. Met by Giovani, the owner of La Superba, upon arrival. Very friendly and helpful-lots of advice on what and what not to do and see whilst in the city. The Room is on 7th floor of building, commanding great views across the...

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May 13, 2014 - Santa Margherita

Our departure for Genoa works to plan. Staying at the Kunesias and using Claudio as our shuttle system was a good move - can't say our accommodation had much glamour but was comfortable and it served the purpose. Volotea operated as smoothly as we were hoping and timings have been exact. The flight was comfortable and cabin staff were very good. Travel time 1 hr 15 min On arrival in Genoa, we took the 0900hrs airport bus to Bigenole station (6€ ea) to catch the 1013 hr Regional Train to Santa Margherita (€3.40 ea). The trip through the city...

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Apr 28, 2014 - Genoa

Our detour to Genoa turned out to be a very nice day despite some rain. There was a shuttle provided to take us into the town center. We walked around the maze of small streets looking at the wonderful old buildings, many of which are UNESCO designated, for a few hours. There was a very old elevator we took up to a view point where you could walk around and then come back down a different elevator to another part of the town. The museums are closed on Mondays so we couldn’t visit them even if we wanted to. We went into the Cathedral and...

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Jan 4, 2014 - Birthplace of Christoper Columbus, Genoa

Overnight, we sailed on NNW and, 203 nautical miles later, we arrived in Genoa. It was dark and raining very heavy. We had been checking the weather forecast and knew we were in for some rain but didn't expect it to be coming down quite so heavy. We hadn't booked any shore excursions; our plan was to wait out the rain and get off the ship and make our way to the historical center. The rain never stopped, didn't even lighten up some, and, somehow, we just couldn't convince ourselves to get out and brave the elements. Genoa is renowned as...

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A Wedding & A Cruise

Jun 25, 2013 - Monaco and Genoa

We had an early start and headed South to the French Riviera. We stopped for fuel and decided to grab lunch there as it would be mid-afternoon my the time we would reach Monaco. As we drove along the motorway we eventually got our first glimpse of the Mediterranean Sea in the distance. Admittedly it has been 12 years since I was last in Monaco, but it seems to have double the traffic and tourists than I remembered. It is also steep. And narrow. And full of scooters. Driving a wide, manual gearbox Ferrari through the streets of Monaco was...

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Nov 16, 2012 - Beginning the "Heidi Tour"

We returned to Civiatechia, picked up our rental car, and headed north toward Switzerland. One aspect of our drive to Switzerland that I did not expect were the tunnels. We would end up going through more than 100 by the time we reached out Swiss destination ! Most were only about a few km, but one was 30km and one even had our exit in the middle of it! Another corkscrewed down (kinda like the exit at a parking garage!) We only spent the evening in Genoa, but we did take time to walk around the area of our hotel and eat at a little mom and...

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Oct 20, 2012 - Along the Autostrada past Genoa

Saturday October 20 (continued) We headed to the A1 Autostrada and drove towards Florence, then passed Prato, Pistoia, Montecatini, Lucca and Viareggio. Then we followed the A12 along the coast, which is a wonderful drive -- tunnel after tunnel along the edge of the coast, hugging the coast at times and then inland through hills and across valleys. Finally we bypassed Genoa and on to the France-Italy border. It is quite a remarkable road. It took us four and a half hours to cover the 440 kilometres and it cost 40.20 Euros in motorway tolls....

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Jun 14, 2012 - Scooter rental....shoot me now!

Breakfast, meet Monica and Luce....decide to stay another night to hike cinque terra with them on Friday...skip Pisa for now....apprehensive about scooter rental, mayhem on the streets re: scooters and cars, very busy city, Nervi- Anna girabaldi passage, sori, comiglio...bought wedding ring from local artist who makes jewelry from recycled materials, stopped in a few towns on way home, no biggy, bodassco referred by Fabiola ???cant figure this site out but told him it was fab, lunch on promenade ...shitty, returned scooter, headed back, app...

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Jun 12, 2012 - Genoa...

Woke up at 430am, as my ride from the Hotel Italia would be there at 515am to take me to the airport. The flight was uneventful....cagliari-roma-genoa! At the airport as i was looking at opptions to get to the city centro, a couple of guys asked me if i wanted to split a cab instead of waiting an hour on the shuttle. Absolutely and only 10. euro a person. They were very helpful on answering questions about the area and gave me some great suggestions on what to do. The cab dropped me off in front of Stazione Genova Brignole....the old city...

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