Article written by Giulia Calabrese, Susanna German, Caterina Marciano, Maddalena Grianti e Ilenia Marini – III E, Inst. Fripo Buonarroti, Genoa.
If you want to admire Genoa from another perspective, the Navebus boat, that leaves from Porto Antico and arrives in Pegli, is the perfect choice for you and your children.
First of all, because it is the service provided by AMT Genova (the local public transport service), so costs are really low (€ 3,00 each trip; € 1,60 for the residents in the Municipality of Genoa), and then because it lets you to see Genoa from a new perspective, from the sea, connecting the historic centre with the West side of the city.
Once you get on the Navebus (the dock is in Porto Antico near Piazza delle Feste), you will leave behind the Bigo, the panoramic lift of Porto Antico, and the Acquario di Genova.
The trip goes on along the breakwater, so remaining inside the harbour, and from here you can enjoy a wonderful panorama of the city that, like a jewel, spreads on the hills, making the view breathtaking.
After only a half-hour trip you will arrive in Pegli, one of the West districts of Genoa, that still has the features of a maritime village, with the promenade, the palm trees and the colourful houses.
Here there is the beautiful Villa Durazzo Pallavicini, that has recently been restored. The admission ticket costs € 10 for adults, it is free for children up to the age of 6 and it costs € 5 up to the age of 18, but we can assure you that it is worth the price! The Park of Villa Durazzo Pallavicini, built from 1840, is an incredibly beautiful historic garden that twists and turns for 3 km; about the half of the road goes uphill. Moreover, in 2017 it was one of the finalists of “The Most Beautiful Parks in Italy”.
Among camellias (do not miss their flowering in spring), palm trees, holm oaks, exotic plants and perfumed flowers, the paths are also surrounded by suggestive neoclassical and neo-Gothic architectures, like the Temple of Diana that is in the middle of the Lago Grande (Big Lake).
Often didactic laboratories of botany and theatre are organised for children: here you can find the agenda.
But Pegli is not only Villa Durazzo Pallavicini: there is Villa Doria with its Park, one of the 12 Most Beautiful Parks in Italy, too. Near the Park of Villa Doria there is the Museo Navale (Naval Museum), with documents and objects related to the maritim world of Genoa and the Riviera starting from the 15th century. In the weekends the museum is free for all visitors.
It has been a hectic day and it is time to go back. At sunset, waiting for the boat, you can walk down the amazing promenade by the sea. Before leaving, we suggest you to taste some focaccia.
In Pegli there are a lot of very good focaccerie (bakeries), but our favourite one is Nesto, on the promenade. If your children prefer instead ice cream, there is Diego e Danilo, on the promenade too, in front of the dock of the Navebus: it is recommended by locals!
To return to Porto Antico in Genoa you can take the boat again or you can take the bus (n°1) or the train from Pegli station.
Prepare your cameras: the colours of the sunset make the harbour and the city magic and the arrival from the sea will be the ideal conclusion for your family trip!