Buon giorno! This weekend, my third here in Italy, I traveled to Genova with about 15 other people from my program. Although I would call the weekend a success, I learned a few things about the realities of traveling in a foreign country.
|View from Palazzo Rosso|
Once we got arrived, we started wandering around looking for some of the others that had arrive earlier in the morning. We ended up running into our hotel and decided to go ahead and check in. The receptionist asked for our passports, the one thing I forgot to bring. After panicking for a few seconds, he told us that the hotel would accept a photo or photocopy. I called my roommate, who was still in Torino, who sent me a photo. About half the group of students booked rooms with NH hotel, while the other half booked a hostel. The hostel it turned out, wouldn't accept photocopies, so everyone that had planned on staying there moved to our hotel. When I booked a week in advance, I paid 20 euros for my half of a double. The price at least doubled for everyone else. Tip: Make sure to know the hostel's or hotel's policy. I think most places do accept photocopies, and regardless it is always good to carry a copy with you.
NH Hotels are all around Europe, Latin America, and Africa. It don't know how often they have deals as good as the one I found, but it is always worth checking. My room was really comfortable (coming back to my lumpy pillow in Torino was not exciting), the continental breakfast was delicious, and they had free wifi.
Why go to Genova and what to see:
There are many museums, palaces, and beautiful churches in Genova and because of this I bought a museum and bus pass for 13.50 euros. I only made it to one museum, but if you know for sure you are going to visit many places in the city, the pass is a good option. I went to Palazzo Rosso, which houses a variety of paintings and beautifully decorated rooms. What made it that much better, though, was the rooftop view.
The water! Saturday was a bit rainy and cloudy, but Sunday was such a clear and warm day. The water was sparkly and bright blue. Genova seems like a great place to visit in the warmer months, but I was happily surprised how lovely it was the first days of February.
Sunday we took a bus and and then walked to Boccadasse, a small town right next to Genova. The rock beach was full of families enjoying the weather. Colorful houses winded up narrow streets, and we walked up and down them seeing an amazing view at every turn.
Christopher Columbus supposedly was born in Genova and you can take a tour of his house for 3.50 euros. I'v heard that is isn't worth it.
There are quite a few places you can get a good view of the city. I went up the main one at the old port near the aquarium called Bigo. I don't think the 4 euros was worth it, but the sun was setting and it did make for a beautiful view. The aquarium is pretty famous, and even though I really love aquariums I couldn't imagine spending 20 euros to hang out indoors. If I went again though, I would definitely visit the Biosphere.
|View from the Bigo|