THE CITY

 

 

Genoa is a city of contrasts, sometimes of extremes. A city of surprises, a city of art and an industrial centre.

It has Italy’s largest port but nearby there are beautiful and crowded beaches; glass skyscrapers stand alongside medieval towers, modern offices are located in former palaces that are still largely intact.

It is a city that has always been a crossroads of cultures and peoples.
Genoa’s history dates back 26 centuries and legend has it that it was founded by Janus, the twofaced deity that presided over gates and doorways. Indeed, Genoa has always been a “gateway” to civilisation, linking East and West, the Mediterranean and Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

UTILITIES

The country's official currency is the Euro.

ATM machines can be found at the airport and within major banks.

Credit cards are generally accepted in shops and restaurants.

Banks are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 1:20 PM, with variable hours in the afternoon; some branches are also open on Saturday mornings.

 

Daylight Saving Time
In the spring (on the last Sunday in March), daylight savings time enters into effect: clocks must be moved forward an hour with respect to solar time, which is later returned to at the beginning of autumn (last Sunday in October).

Electrical current
The electrical current in Italy is supplied at 220 volts. Sockets are designed for plugs with two or three prongs arranged in a row.

Telephones
The international code for calling Italy from abroad is 0039, which must be followed by the local area code of the desired phone number.  Cellular phone networks provide coverage throughout the country.

Closing days
On Mondays, most Museums are closed, along with several attractions in the Old Port and many of the city's restaurants. Shops and stores are closed only during the morning on Mondays; most food shops,  with the exception of the supermarkets,  are closed on Wednesday afternoons.

Shop hours
Many shops still close midday from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM, though in the city centre, staying open all day has become very widespread and is a practice that has always observed by the big department stores.

Post Offices
The "Genova Centro" post office, located at Via Dante 4B/r, is open Monday through Friday from 8:20 AM to 7:05 PM and on Saturdays from 8:20 AM to 12:35 PM; it is closed on Sundays.
To view the hours and addresses of other branches, please visit the Poste Italiane website.

Consulates and embassies
On the web site www.esteri.it (link aggiornato da inserire https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/servizi/stranieri/rapprstraniere/ ) you can find information regarding services that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers to foreigners and, in particular, to foreign delegations in Italy, for those wishing to travel or move to Italy for tourism, school, or work.