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Cheap Flights to Genoa

Genoa, with its big crawling port and narrow, twisting lanes has been one of the most important trading centres in the Medieval Ages. Those going here can fly to Cristoforo Colombo Airport, a minor international port of entry built on an artificial peninsula. Situated around seven kilometres from the city, it makes a convenient gateway to the capital of the region of Liguria. It serves nearly a million passengers annually in the recent years, with seasonal travellers visiting various destinations in the area.

Connected to a number of European cities, Cristoforo Colombo Airport makes a convenient transit point in the coast facing the Gulf of Paradiso and the Ligurian Sea. It accommodates airlines with a runway extending about 10,000 ft and a width of 148 ft. There is also parking for up to 32 aircraft, of which six can be wide-bodied planes. A general aviation apron can also be found in the airport, as well as a wide taxiway.

What to see & do

Once the Most Serene Republic of Genoa, this city once ruled the Mediterranean Sea during the 12th to the 13th centuries. One will see here the Palazzo Reale, which is somewhat alike with Versailles. Visitors can find here terraced gardens, exquisite furnishings, and a fine collection of Renaissance art. Frescoes, stuccoes, and numerous other artefacts can also be found here.

The Musei di Strada Nuova, planned by Galeazzo Alessi in the 16th century, houses the finest collection of old masters. It features the Palazzo Rosso, Bianco, and Doria-Tursi. The last mentioned palazzo's highlight is the Sala Paganiniana, which showcases a small, but absorbing collection of the personal effects of legendary violinist Niccolo Paganini. Palazzo Rosso provides the backdrop for several Van Dyck portraits of the local Brignole-Sale family. Palazzo Bianco, on the other hand, displays works by several a number of Flemish, Spanish, and Italian artists.

The Musei di Strada Nuova, planned by Galeazzo Alessi in the 16th century, houses the finest collection of old masters. It features the Palazzo Rosso, Bianco, and Doria-Tursi. The last mentioned palazzo's highlight is the Sala Paganiniana, which showcases a small, but absorbing collection of the personal effects of legendary violinist Niccolo Paganini. Palazzo Rosso provides the backdrop for several Van Dyck portraits of the local Brignole-Sale family. Palazzo Bianco, on the other hand, displays works by several a number of Flemish, Spanish, and Italian artists.

The Cattedrale di San Lorenzo with its Gothic-Romanesque style is also a marvel. It is fronted by three arched portals, twisting columns, and crouching lions, as well as two bell towers and a cupola. Inside above the central doorway is also a great lunette with a painting of the Last Judgement. The Museo del Tesoro can also be found here, displaying a number of various artefacts from a fragment of the cross to the polished quartz platter, which was said to have held John the Baptist's head.

Visitors can then turn to the Galata Museo del Mare, Genoa's 'museum of the sea', where one can check out high-tech exhibits on the history of seafaring. A section on the ground floor is dedicated to Christopher Columbus, as well as a 17th-century galley ship. A valuable collection of old maps and globes can then be seen in the second storey, with Italian emigration features on the third floor. Genoa's best city views can be enjoyed at the top floor.

How to get around within Genoa

Buses can be found plying the routes in the area, with main-line trains venturing to and from the city limits, as well as on the currently expanding metro. It has several stations across Genoa, allowing for relatively convenient commutes in the area.

How to get there

Tourists visiting Genoa can turn to Cristoforo Colombo Airport through several airlines. Some of them are Air France, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Blu-express, British Airways, Lufthansa Regional, Meridiana, Ryanair, S7 Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, Turkish Airlines, Volotea, and Vueling. Other than regular domestic and international flights, there are also ferries sailing to and from Spain, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, and Tunisia. Buses and trains going to the area are also available, which make Milan, Pisa, Rome, and Turin accessible.

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