Sensations at every turn

The aquarium of Genoa
The old charming city and its palaces
Portofino and the allure of the west coast

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A mix of cultures and fragrances

The ancient and vibrant atmosphere of Genoa will captivate your heart, guiding you to the discovery of unexpected treasures at every turn, among a luscious nature and beaches as beautiful as pearls.

The extensive UNESCO Heritage that makes Genoa, with its traditions and maritime his-tory, the queen of the Ligurian sea will fascinate you while sailing on an MSC Mediterra-nean Cruise, giving you a unique experience at every step of the way, among the waves that break on the cliffs and on the old port that nowadays regularly holds spectacular events.

Designed by the architect Renzo Piano to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of the New World, the Genoa Aquarium dominates the area of the old harbour. Thanks to an MSC Excursion, you will visit Europe's largest aquarium with harbours thousands of animals of as many species. You will be taken away by the an-cient flavours of the port: the pesto, ravioli, fries and takeaway focaccia that you can ap-preciate from any traditional trattoria.

You will enter the maze of medieval alleyways of the charming old city, packed with his-torical buildings. One of the MSC Excursions follows the crowded and colourful arcades to take you first to Piazza Cavour, home of the former city's fish market, and then to Piaz-za del Palazzo del Principe, the late residence of Admiral Andrea Doria.

The west coast stands scattered with jewels. Between the Golfo del Tigullio and the Golfo Paradiso, you will discover the sublime town of Portofino, the destination of an MSC Ex-cursion that pays homage to the ancient Roman heritage of this small yet spectacular town. You will bathe in the clear waters of the bay, stroll amongst the yachts in the har-bour, the boutiques and the pastel-coloured houses, feeling like of being part of a fairy tale.

Must see places in Genoa

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    Port of Genoa

    See all the information you need on getting to the port of Genoa and parking.

    Cruise Terminal:

    Ponte dei Mille/Ponte Andrea Doria

    Reach the port by

    • Car

      From the A10 (Autostrada dei Fiori), A7 (Milan-Genoa) and A26 (Alessandria-Genoa) motorways, take the Genoa Ovest exit. 
      Then follow the signs marked Genoa Port.

      Parking Information

      GENOA - VALET Parking

      Tel.  +39 010 0898 319 
      • This service is available for cruises on MSC Opera and MSC Fantasia
      • Guests are invited to reach Ponte dei Mille or Ponte Doria where a valet service is available 

      GENOA - VALET Parking

      Tel. +39 010 24 62 613

      • Guests are invited to reach Ponte dei Mille or Ponte Doria where a valet service is available
      • MSC Parking is bookable online up to 48 hours before your cruise departure. Bookings after the 48 hour deadline can be made directly with MSC Parking, and the same reduced rates will be applied when presenting your cruise travel documents
      Book your parking with MSC



      Car/Suv 4 € 60
      Van 4 € 80
      Car/Suv 5 € 72
      Van 5 € 95
      Car/Suv 8 € 90
      Van 8 € 120

      Car/Suv 3 € 50
      Van 3 € 60
      Car/Suv 4 € 60
      Van 4 € 80
      Car/Suv 5 € 72
      Van 5 € 95
      Car/Suv 6 € 80
      Van 6 € 110
      Car/Suv 7 € 85
      Van 7 € 115
      Car / Suv 8 € 90
      Van 8 € 120
      Car / Suv 9 € 100
      Van 9 € 135
      Car / Suv 10 € 110
      Van 10 € 150
      Car / Suv 11 € 120
      Van 11 € 165
      Car / Suv 12 € 130
      Van 12 € 180
      Car / Suv 13 € 140
      Van 13 € 195
    • Train

      Genoa Piazza Principe station is about 1 kilometre from the Port. 
      You can reach the Port by taxi (2 minutes depending on traffic).
      Genoa Brignole railway station is about 4 km from the Port and you can reach it by bus or taxi.
    • Plane

      Cristoforo Colombo airport is about 10 kilometres from the Port.
      It is served by taxi and by bus.
      The bus will take you straight to Genova Porta Principe railway station.

      Driving to the airport of departure? With ParkinGO, MSC customers get 5% discount on parking near the main airports in Europe. Book now to get the best deal! 



    History, gastronomy and fashion
    History, gastronomy and fashion

    A cruise to Italy is an emotional roller coaster. Rome is a tremendous city quite unlike any other, and in terms of historical sights outstrips everywhere else in the country by some way.
    Liguria, the small coastal province along the north-west coast, has long been known as the “Italian Riviera” and is accordingly crowded with sun-seekers for much of the summer.
    In Veneto the main focus of interest is, of course, Venice: a unique city, and every bit as beautiful as its reputation would suggest. Tuscany in central Italy represents perhaps the most commonly perceived image of the country, with its classic rolling countryside and the art-packed towns of Florence and Pisa.

    The south proper begins with the region of Campania. Its capital, Naples, is a unique, unforgettable city, the spiritual heart of the Italian south. Puglia, the “heel” of Italy, has underrated pleasures, too, notably the landscape of its Gargano peninsula and the souk-like qualities of its capital, Bari.

    As for Sicily, the island is really a place apart, with a wide mixture of attractions ranging from some of the finest preserved Hellenistic treasures in Europe, to a couple of Italy’s most appealing Mediterranean beach resorts in Taormina and Cefalù, not to mention some gorgeous upland scenery.