When you find cheap car hire, Genoa becomes much more than just a pretty city...
It is now the starting point for your explorations of Italy, where the living is easy, the food piled high, the landmarks instantly recognisable, and where art and history collide on every street vista. So when you've made the most of your time in Genoa, car rental offers you the freedom to explore the rest of the region and beyond.
Genoa is a busy port city in the northwest of Italy and is located within a couple of hour's drive of Turin and Milan. It's an ideal place to make use of car rental and explore the mountainous regions of north-western Italy. The region enjoys a Mediterranean climate throughout the year, with May to October enjoying the warmest temperatures.
Genoa has a number of churches, piazzas and promenades to explore, with several UNESCO World Heritage sites to its name - including the Via Garibaldi and the Palazzi Dei Rolli, an area of the city with a rich history - lined with palaces that reflect the rich aristocracy of Genoa's history.
Genoa's ancient port is lined with historical architecture and modern attractions, here you can also find Italy's largest aquarium - The Genoa Aquarium - as well as the Museum of the Sea and the Torre della Lanterna lighthouse. Coastal regions can be reached on foot, as well as by using car hire in Genoa.
Within the city centre you can explore the San Lorenzo Cathedral and a number of museums that chart the history of the city. As well as this, Genoa has a number of public parks in the city centre, meaning you can leave the rental car at the hotel and take a stroll around parks, small towns and coastal attractions.
Are you looking to include Genoa as part of your Italian experience and want to include car hire as part of it? Let us do the searching here at TravelSupermarket by simply entering your requirements into our easy-to-use comparison tool. You can collect your car either at Genoa Airport (also Cristoforo Colombo Airport; GOA) or at a location in the downtown area.
There are many nearby destinations that will lure you away from handsome Genoa, with promises of beauty, history and attractions...
So let yourself be seduced!
As we've already mentioned, you could drive for a couple of hours to reach the city of Turin (or Torino), where full-blown Italian culture parades around the elegant squares and piazzas without any of the throngs that are attracted to destinations such as Rome and Venice. You could head to Milan from Genoa too. At less than two hours to the north, Milan offers a buzzing, cosmopolitan vibe, where model-like beauties strut their stuff amid attractions such as the Duomo di Milano and the place where Da Vinci's 'Last Supper' can be viewed. Football fans flock to the San Siro Stadium. The gorgeous lake region, including Lake Como and Lake Garda, are just a little further on from Milan, with both reachable in less than three hours from Genoa.
If glitz and glamour are your thing, cross the Italian-French border and drive down the tree-lined avenues of the Cote d'Azur; Nice is around two and a half hours from Genoa by road (unless it's the height of summer, when day trippers tend to clog the coastal roads).
But if food is the way to your heart, consider a trip to the foodie heart of the nation, where Parma, Bologna and Modena dish up quintessential Italy on a plate.
Or, of course, you could simply use your car rental to find gloriously unspoilt beaches and isolated coves near Genoa - you certainly don't have to travel far to spend days basking in the warmth of Italy's glory.