We had just a few hours to explore Genoa on holiday – it’s a warren of streets with palatial architecture. I’ve been back for work, and would definitely like to go visit again and take a tour. The city is very layered and has a lot hidden in the narrow streets.


  • **I Cuochi (Vico del Fieno 18) was a good dinner option. It felt a little touristy, but the food was very good and service friendly.
  • **la Piazzetta del Pisacane was very tasty – lots of local Pizza specials (fish!), and nothing else. It was clearly popular with a local crowd.
  • **Trattoria Osvaldo is perhaps not a hidden find, but feels like it. Set back in a courtyard just behind the small and charming beach front, the tables are outside and the service efficient. Food was fancy pasta and seafood, emphasis on local dishes. Could be a bit challenging for vegetarians or people who don’t like fish.
  • **Zeffirino’s primary claim to fame is age – 80+ years now in the fifth generation of family ownership. It’s very theatrical, almost comically so, and has expensive, but tasty food. It’s fun as an experience.


  • *Hotel Bristol Palace is apparently the place to stay – we weren’t crazy about it. It’s relatively convenient location-wise, very tired, sub-par breakfast. They will park your car for you if you arrive before 8 pm.
  • *Hotel NH Genova Centro was acceptable but pretty bland, no views, boring rooms. Convenient location. They say they have parking but that didn’t prove to be true – they just direct you to street parking and local garages.

See map for a few other hotel options, like Hotel Palazzo Grillo and Locanda di Palazzo Cicala.

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