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Genoa to Cinque Terre, Italy

Nestled in the top of Italy lies a colorful and bustling coast. Genoa sits at the top of the boot, and as you travel down the coast you hit Portofino and Cinque Terre. This hour-ish long stretch of coast is probably my favorite place in the world. In. The. World.

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Things to do in Genoa

  • Take the Willy Wonka elevator in Genoa. There are elevators around Genoa that go sideways and up! Not only are these just really cool, but they get you quickly through Genoa when walking would have taken ages.
  • Town hop! The Cinque Terre is a series of five coastal towns: Monterosso al Mare (northernmost), Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore (southernmost). You can take the train through the rugged hillside or hike the (long) path that connects them.
  • Have a beach day. Or week. Portofino, as well as the Cinque Terre, has a great beach. But don’t forget your sunscreen. That sun is HOT.


Things to eat in Genoa

  • Genoa is the homeland of pesto! Make sure to taste the most authentic pesto in the world while you’re here.
  • Focaccia! The best focaccia bread I’ve ever had the honor of tasting was in Genoa.

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Get around Genoa

  • Driving is a feat. The ultra narrow, winding roads down the coast should not be driven by the faint of heart.
  • Trains are the best way to get down the coast! They’re a good bit less stressful, though trains through the Cinque Terre won’t be as scenic, as you’ll be going through many tunnels.

Things to note

Genoa is the English version of the town’s name, while Genova is the Italian translation.


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