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Meet Genoa

Genoa is a port city that sits at the center of the Italian Riviera, offering a rich, authentically Italian experience for tourists and digital nomads alike.

The largest seaport in all of Italy, Genoa was once one of the major financial centers of Europe and the Mediterranean. Today the capital of Liguria still boasts many reminders of its illustrious past, from the elaborate palaces, churches, and piazza in its historic center to the Old Town District that has defined the city for centuries. But despite its past as a significant hub of trade and commerce, Genoa has often been overshadowed as an international tourist attraction in favor of cultural behemoths like Rome and Venice. Things are slowly changing for Genoa, after being named the European Capital of Culture in 2004, as well as a collection of streets and palaces known as The Strade Nuova and Palazzi dei Rolli being listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2004. These days more travelers and nomads are flocking here, whether to enjoy a seaside holiday in the Boccadasse district or explore one of the many museums and historic sites the city has to offer.

Where to live in Genoa

Though the locals swear by driving, parking can be an issue as you get closer to the central districts. If you’re living in outer districts your best bet is taking public transport either by bus and train, or cable cars and public elevators that connect the central city to neighborhoods in the hills. If it’s a mix of culture and entertainment you’re looking for then living in the districts of the Old Town, such as Maddalena and Molo is your best bet. The incredible architecture and historic sites will keep you charmed and entertained throughout your stay, and you can also find the most popular bars and restaurants in this area. It’s also a stone’s throw away from the Via XX Settembre, the biggest shopping district in Genoa.

Best Neighborhoods in Genoa

Because Porto Antico and the Old Town district are the beating heart of Genoa, and where many of the most significant cultural attractions are, these are popular places for expats and digital nomads to live in. Molo and Maddalena are two of the most attractive areas for living in the city center. Further afield neighborhoods like Castaletto, Nervi, and Albaro offer the best balance between cosmopolitan and suburban living. If you’re hoping to live near Genoa without the hustle and bustle of the city center and surrounding neighborhoods, you can also consider Boccadasse. Originally a fishing village, Boccadasse is now a charming coastal neighborhood full of colorful seaside villas and often used as a holidaying spot for Genoan families.

Quick Facts About Genoa

Genoa may be one of the lesser-known of the major Italian cities, but it’s past speaks for itself. The region was once an independent republic and held onto that independence for almost 700 years, establishing itself as one of the most powerful maritime republics in the entire world. Today it remains an industrious seaport, while still maintaining much of the stunning art and architecture from the region’s illustrious past. These quick facts will help you understand a little more about this fascinating city.

Work in Genoa

Genoa’s workforce is fairly diversified, with shipbuilding and steel manufacture no longer the backbone of the region. In modern times tourism and education have become major contenders, and tend to be the best options for expats and digital nomads looking to work in the city. Food production and agricultural products are regularly produced in the countryside surrounding the city and exported out of the country. Particular products include olive oil, fish, seafood, and wine. Expats have the best chance of finding work in language schools teaching English to locals. Italo Britannica, the International Language Centre, and The British School of English are just some of the language schools worth looking into. If you want to work in the service industry you will likely need to speak fluent Italian.

How good is Genoa for Digital Nomads or Remote Work

Remote work is changing how the global workspace operates. In a trend that is showing no signs of slowing down, remote work is rapidly on the increase all around the world—especially in a place like Genoa. And about 25% of remote workers describe themselves as digital nomads—those who like to travel or stay in cities around the world while they work. So, how good is Genoa for both of these growing movements?

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Food and Drink in Genoa

Genoa has a sophisticated food culture, with traditional Italian cuisine easily accessible throughout the city. When it comes to meat, don’t be surprised that this port city’s cuisine is centered around fish and seafood. You can expect to find seafood variations on your favorite Italian dishes. Genoa is also famous for its basil, pesto, and focaccia, so you’ll likely come across these foods all over the city. If you’re looking for more traditional Genovese fare, central restaurants such as Le Cicale and Da Leccarsi i Baffi offer classic Ligurian dishes, with local seafood as the star of many menu items. You can even venture out of the central city to try a few slices of Genoa-style pizza at La Pizza di Egizio. For fine-dining options check out Historia Ducale and Scalvini, both of which offer fantastic Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Consider making a booking though, as both restaurants are in high demand. If you consider Genoa’s international history it makes sense that there are great international food options if you want to mix things up. Visit Jamila in the Old Town for affordable and authentic Senagalese and West-African cuisine, or Maracaibo and Habanero for Venezuelan and Mexican street food. And of course, you can pop into French-owned J'aime les Crepes and the Indarsena Oyster Bar for crepes and high-end seafood from the neighbors across the border.



Top 6 Things To Do in Genoa

Genoa has as much fascinating culture and history to choose from as any of its eastern and souther-Italian counterparts. So much so that the Old Town district is considered by some to have the largest medieval quarter in Europe, hence why Genoa is a city that should be seen on foot. In the Old Town, you can wander through the Piazza De Ferrari and the Piazza Matteotti, and the San Lorenzo Cathedral just around the corner. Further down you can visit the Porto Antico and imagine the merchants of the middle ages sailing in and out of the port. There you can also visit Genoa’s maritime museum, as well as the Genoa Aquarium, the largest of its kind in Italy. Make sure to check out the city's UNESCO heritage sites, the Strade Nuove and Palazzi dei Rolli.

Musei di Strada Nuova - Palazzo Bianco

Via Garibaldi, 11, Genova


Mercato Orientale Genova

Via XX Settembre, 75r, Genova


Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato

Piazza della Nunziata, 4, Genova


Do Eat Better Experience - Genoa Food Tours & Cooking Classes

Via Antonio Gramsci, 1, Genova


Palazzo Spinola National Gallery

Piazza di Pellicceria, 1, Genova


Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno

Piazzale Resasco, Genova