Going ashore in Voltri, Genoa

The small port of Voltri is only 20 km West of Genoa and it is one of those cities whose centers are just outside the port gate. Going out for a nice dinner or just a walk is something nobody should miss.

Inside the port there is a shuttle bus nonstop service available and walking on the pier is not allowed. The service is free of charge if the ride goes only to the gate close to the Immigration Office – which is more inside the port, but close to the Seamen’s Club Stella Maris. To go to the gate closer to the city, the shuttle bus service requires a 5 Euro fee (regardless the number of passengers). To go there, just ask the driver to take you to the exit close to Pam Supermarket.

If you have more time available, this small port of Voltri is a very good opportunity to start a more interesting visit to some nearby cities.

Just outside the port gate, close to the Pam Supermarket, you can find the train station. With trains coming and going every 10-15 minutes it is not so difficult to choose a destination, depending on your schedule.

Genoa is less than 20 km away and you can arrive there in ~ 35 minutes. One ticket costs 4.5 Euros and it is available 24 hours, also for public transportation. Because Voltri is a small town and the trains station is very small, too, there is no ticket office inside, but only  some automatic machines which work very seldom. For this reason, the train tickets are available at any newspaper stand and in the tobacco kiosks near the station. Do not forget to validate the ticket before entering the train, in order to avoid extra penalties.

Arriving în Genoa Principe (the main Train Station of Genoa), you can start your walk around the old port of the city (Porto Antico), where you can also visit or just admire the Aquarium (the biggest in Europe), the Biosphere (a rain forest plants and butterflies collection), the Square of Festivals (Piazza delle Feste), the Galata Museum of the Sea. You can also step inside the Bigo, a panoramic elevator which offers a 40 meter high view of the port.

Genoa Exhibition and Festival Centre

Genoa Aquarium

The historic centre is very rich in monuments, artworks and architectural buildings and can be a very good option to continue your visit. The Cathedral of San Lorenzo is one of the most important monuments you should not miss as its interior is highly decorated and also hosts the ashes of John the Baptist, brought into the town from the First Crusade.

Genoa Basilica San Lorenzo

Depending on your remaining time, you can also venture to visit the new centre of the city – the area around Piazza della Vittoria, where you can pass through the Arch (Arco dei Caduti) and continue your walk up the stairs for a beautiful panorama view over the area.

Genoa Arco dei Caduti

Genoa Piazza della Vittoria

If you have more time available and want to enjoy the beauty of Ligurian Coast you can visit at least one of the nice and very picturesque villages that spread around the Golf of Genoa, in the vicinity of your location.

After a five minute ride by train in the opposite  direction you can arrive from Voltri to Arenzzano, a small village facing the Ligurian Sea and located at the foot of The Apennines. Here you can enjoy a walk in the beautiful Park of Negrotto Cambiaso or stroll along the waterfront ‘lungomare’ for a  nice view over the Gulf and its blue crystal clear waters.

Arenzano, Liguria -Parco Negrotto Cambiaso

Arenzano, Liguria - Lungomare

Along the Ligurian Coast, but also close to Genoa, you can find many small villages that can offer you the ideal way to spend a nice afternoon, away from the busy port and the routine of working hours.

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