Italian Backpacking Exploration: Genoa Italy

Italian Backpacking Exploration: Genoa Italy



Genoa Italy or in Italian, Genova, which I prefer the last one. Whichever way you call it, as long as you make your way there. I know I will be back one day. This was one of those places that we have so many memories of, good and bad. Nothing Genova did to us, but our own mistakes. Like getting off at the wrong train station. We can laugh at it now but at the time we were so lost. The good thing was that we got to see so much of this place because of this silly mistake. We had no idea how far we were from our hotel and we had no clue how to find a taxi. Now that I think about it, I’m glad we didn’t get a taxi, we would have missed so much.


The location was picked by pure luck. We were winging our trip as we went, just in the event, we found a place we wanted to stay in any place longer or not at all. I was booking our rooms the night before we arrived. Not that it made it any more expensive or cheaper. Italy is a pricey place, period.

The hotel we picked was located in the historical center. I’m so glad that we ended up here because the area was just what this artist needed for inspiration. There were so many cute cafes and little bistros to eat at. The architecture was absolutely amazing, there was color splattered in every corner we turned and of course the romantic harbor at night time. We called it a date night, but every day in Italy was date night for us.


I know I’m an old soul because I am drawn to the old life, the beautiful time periods filled with history and stories. Genova had this in almost every street. The most modern thing I saw was the harbour. We walked through streets where the buildings had a gorgeous crest on them. Each house more grand than the next. I wanted to transport myself into the past to see these homes in their prime. These homes belonged to some of the wealthiest families.


I say that I’m Latina and that is the reason I love anything with color but it’s a joke. Most people are drawn to color, it makes you happy. At least it makes me very happy. The color inspires me, and it translates into my art. I wish there was this much color on our buildings back home.


If I could return to Italy right now, Genova is on my list to go back to and stay longer. We didn’t get to explore as much as we wanted. One day sure wasn’t enough to get lost in it, even though we managed to get lost two times. It’s definitely worth spending a few days in it. We also hadn’t become the foodies we are now, then I was just happy that I was getting my daily gelato.

You can read about our Italian Backpacking journey here.

What are some suggestions for my follow up trip to Genoa?

Italian Backpacking Exploration: Genoa Italy

Leslie M. Guzmán is a Guatemalan artist best known for her creative explorations of world cultures. Her works capture the untold stories of people, objects and the places from which they come.

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