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    Car Hire in Genoa - travel made easy by Auto Europe

    Genoa is a picturesque city resting at the foot of the mountains on the Gulf of Genoa. As a port city, it used to play an important role in maritime trade over the centuries. Genoa is a place in which you can enjoy the architecture of the historic port, try local delicacies, especially the seafood, and experience the essence of Italy. With a car hire in Genoa, you can discover this busy port town famous for being the place where Christopher Columbus learned his sailing skills!

    Already planning your itinerary for Genoa? Book a car rental in Genoa from Auto Europe and make the first step towards your perfect holiday. Our exceptional customer service is available seven days a week. Our rental cars vary from mini to luxury vehicles, all at very competitive prices. You can place your reservation online in just three easy steps, or call Auto Europe and we’ll help you find the best deal. Read our car hire reviews in Genoa section to see what others have experience whilst using our service.

    How is the traffic in Genoa?

    Traffic in Genoa, outside of rush hour, is fairly easy. Once you get used to the Italian way of driving, you will do just fine. Of course it’s best to avoid peak times, and if you are planning on sightseeing in the old town, its best to leave the car in one of the car parks, as most of the tourist attractions are within walking distance. For tips on driving in Genoa visit our Italy driving information guide. You should also be careful not to drive into the so-called ZLT zone, a zone for residential traffic only. You can download the ZLT zone map in Genoa and avoid entering it. The zone is monitored with cameras, so entering it means you will incur a traffic fine and an administration fee from the rental company.

    Where can I park my car hire in Genoa?

    Finding a parking spot in Genoa, especially in the city centre, may be somewhat challenging. On-street parking is allowed along metered blue lines and is active all week from 8am to 8pm. Seldom can you find a free parking spot. The best parking choice for your car hire in Genoa is the paid car parks scattered around the city.

    Genoa Airport

    Genoa Airport also known as Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport, is the most important airport in Liguria, servicing Genoa, Southern Piedmont and Southern Lombardy regions. This international airport was built on an artificial peninsula, located 4.6 miles west from Genoa. The airport offers flights to European metropolises.

    Official Name: Genoa Airport, Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA)
    Address: Via Pionieri e Aviatori d'Italia, 1, 16154 Genova GE, Italy
    Telephone: +39 010 60151

    What to do in Genoa

    Visit the Old Quarter of Genoa with its well-kept rustic narrow streets and the decorative mansions, where many historic monuments are within walking distance.

    • Genoa Cathedral (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo/Duomo di Genova): a historic church building from the early 12th century and a fine example of Gothic and Romanesque styles.
    • Piazza de Ferrari: the site of an iconic bronze fountain and Teatro Carlo Felice opera house.
    • Christopher Columbus’ House: a museum in a reconstructed house where Christopher Columbus used to live with his family.
    • Via Garibaldi: is a narrow cobbled street with the local flair, beautiful villas and baroque buildings and the perfect place for a coffee break.
    • Aquarium: The second biggest sea-world centre in Europe with over 15000 animals. This is a good entertaining option for younger visitors.
    • The Old Harbour (Porto Antico): located next to the Aquarium, Porto Antico is a promenade with museums, cinemas and coffee houses located along the sea.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Genoa

    Rent a car in Genoa and head to the beautiful Italian Riviera to take in the local culture. Drive along the winding coastal roads and enjoy breath-taking views of the Liguarian Sea. Visit Parma, a nearby town famous for its cheese and ham, located only two and a half hours away. You can also pay a visit to Alessandria and see its neo-classical cathedral or drive to the city of Asti, famous for its sparkling wine.

    Geographic Information & History

    Genoa is picturesquely set between the Apenine Mountains and the Ligurian Sea and is the sixth largest city in Italy. Genoa is bordering Camogli and Portofine, Ligurian holiday hotspots. Within the Metropolitan City of Genoa, there is Aveto Natural Regional Park, a beautiful part of the Apennines Mountains with grazing lands, large beech tree woods as well as olive groves and vineyards. The city enjoys a borderline subtropical and Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters.

    The Genoa region has been inhabited since the forth/fifth millennium BC. The first fortification, however, nowadays called Castello, is part of the Old Town and dates back to the fifth century BC. Due to its geographical setting, Genoa has always been one of the most important marine ports in the Mediterranean throughout the centuries. After Venice, it was the second biggest port during the 12th and 13th century. As such, Genoa was an object of interest of different foreign powers and its rulers have often changed. Today Genoa is the largest seaport in Italy and has one of the oldest universities, founded in 1481.

    How to get around Genoa

    Public transportation in Genoa is run by a local company ATM which operates bus, trolleybus and underground services. Tickets can be purchased in kiosks, newsagents, underground stations or on a bus. Train services are provided by Trenitalia with 23 city railway stations. ATM tickets are valid only for train rides within the city limits. If you are going further away, you need to purchase a ticket from one of the Trenitalia machines. There are also cable cars providing a connection from the city centre to the surrounding hills.

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