The Ligurian coast is home to Italy’s largest seaport as well as some of the country’s tiniest fishing villages. Take in both these extremes by spending a day in bustling Genoa, then heading out along the coastline to explore picturesque Portofino and the Cinque Terre. Here's how.
Piazza de Ferrari
Piazza de Ferrari, Genoa, Italy
Piazza de Ferrari is a bustling area featuring many important buildings such as the Palazzo Ducale, once the Palace of the Doge of Genoa and now used as a cultural center; the neoclassical opera house of Genoa, Teatro Carlo Felice; and the old stock exchange building. You can walk to the piazza and stroll around on your own, or book a city sightseeing tour or hop-on hop-off bus tour to explore Piazza de Ferrari and other Genoese landmarks.
Things to Know Before You Go
The piazza is a must-visit for first-time visitors to Genoa, especially those who love architecture.
There is little shade in the piazza, so bring sun protection if you plan to visit during the day.
The streets in and around the piazza are cobblestone and uneven, so wear comfortable shoes to walk around.
Strollers and wheelchairs may have some trouble navigating the bumpy piazza.
How to Get There
Piazza de Ferrari is located in the heart of Genoa, in the Molo neighborhood. It’s an easy walk from the historic city center and the Old Port. Alternatively, take the metro to the De Ferrari stop; a number of city buses also stop in the main square.
When to Get There
As Piazza de Ferrari is Genoa’s main square, it is always bustling. The piazza hosts many events throughout the year, including the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree and the Genoa City Festival. The best times to visit Genoa are between May and September, when the weather is warm and relatively dry.
One of the piazza’s most significant structures is the Palazzo Ducale, the grand mansion of the former Doge of Genoa. The large palace was built in 1298 and is filled with sculptures, frescoes, and marble columns—flaunting the wealth of Genoa during its peak maritime trade. The palace is also home to La Grimaldina, or the People’s Tower, which served as a jail for political prisoners and commoners.
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- Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)
- Genoa Cathedral (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo)
- Via San Lorenzo
- Genoa Via Garibaldi (Via Giuseppe Garibaldi)
- Basilica of Santa Maria di Castello (Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello)
- Palazzi dei Rolli
- Palazzo Rosso
- Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art (Museo d'Arte Orientale Edoardo Chiossone)
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