GENOA AS BIG AS THE WORLD
Many of these itineraries explore the “vertical” nature of the city: thanks to lifts and funiculars it is possible to reach some of the best viewpoints over the ancient roofs of Genoa and the sea, the true protagonist of the Ligurian capital.
Genoa is a labyrinthine city, but one in which it is impossible to really get lost. Thanks to Metrominuto, a path-finding project consisting of four "coloured" pedestrian tourist routes through Genoa's streets, traced on street signs, information panels (with QR codes), and inserts into the paving to help visitors discover the secret beauties of the ancient city centre. Designed to help tourists get to know the “Superba” in a clear and pleasurable way, in total safety and without ever losing their bearings. By reading the QR codes and following the dedicated signs and posters you can choose your preferred itinerary. In the old town pictograms have been drawn on the ground and arrows and panels with horizontal and vertical signs have been installed. The mapping is developed over the centre of Genoa and consists of two sectors, the first runs from Piazza Dinegro to the Lanterna in one direction and to Boccadasse in the other. The second goes from Stazioni Marittime to the “Ponte Monumentale” passing through the old city and is linked to the 4 Tours of the old city, marked in red, green, yellow and blue, developed by Genoa City Council together with the Superintendence.
The "Palazzi dei Rolli" tour (marked in red) involves 40 residences of Genoa's ancient aristocratic families. The route winds its way along the streets of the old city centre, from Palazzo Andrea Doria - seat of the Prefecture - to Palazzo Ambrogio Di Negro, in via San Luca.
A special role in this route is played by Via Garibaldi, originally named (as it was still called in the 19th century) 'Via Aurea'. At the beginning and end of the antique “Strada Nuova” (new road), dedicated signage provides detailed information on the 14 buildings along the street.
The second tour, “green”, is entitled "In the heart of the Superba". The first stop is in Piazza De Ferrari at Palazzo Ducale, then a fascinating walk in the heart of the "caruggi": vico di San Matteo, via della Maddalena, Loggia di Banchi arriving in Caricamento.
The third route (orange) is called "The medieval city". It starts from the portico at the back of Palazzo San Giorgio: the itinerary continues towards Campo Pisano and then back to Caricamento, passing through Piazza Matteotti, Via San Lorenzo and the Loggia di Banchi.
The fourth tour (blue), called 'La via dei cavalieri', runs from Stazione Marittima and Palazzo Francesco Grimaldi, in Piazza di Pellicceria. The stops include Villa del Principe, Commenda di Prè, Truogoli di Santa Brigida and the shopping streets as far as Via San Luca.
The map that "brings together" the four tours also shows the "Percorso Wave", implemented during the lockdown period, which leads from the Stazione Marittima to the Aquarium via Villa del Principe, the Commenda di Prè, Mu.MA and the Sommergibile Nazario Sauro.
ANOTHER WORLD BEHIND GENOA
A city that offers a splendid façade to those coming from the sea. But immediately behind its palaces hides a world of mountains and valleys, paths and woods, forts and trenches, villages and churches that a new project allows you to visit from the immediate hinterland. From the heights of Genoa to the sea, we have developed 8 proposals, all of them can be reached on foot or by public transport. This is the “Pedestribus” project, which collects in a 56-page guide eight simple hiking proposals (classified T or E) in the territory of the Municipality of Genoa. All of them are also signposted with a “118” app and are within everyone's reach, as they are not particularly challenging. All departure and arrival points of the routes are connected by bus or by the Genova Casella railway and other Amt means of transport (funicular, rack railway). The project presents an itinerary for each Municipality, with the only exception of the ring route of the historical Acquaduct that embraces both the lower and upper Valbisagno.