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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 17, 2022

Summary: With a population of close to 900,000, Genoa is an old port city and the capital of Italy's Liguria region. Bring your sneakers and get in shape before you go, because Genoa is a very hilly city. One big advantage of Genoa: it's not a big tourist destination.

What do I need to know about living in Genoa?

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Genoa, they said:

"Lots of hills. Lots of rain in the winter. bitter cold. Head south for the winter," added another person living in Genoa.

"Be prepared for lots of form filling and walking up and down hills. Genova is very, very hilly. Relatively un-touristed other then by Italians, and, in my opinion, an undiscovered treasure as far as the English are concerned," explained one expat living in Genoa.

How do I meet people in Genoa?

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When we asked people living in Genoa about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"Thursday night Aperitivo in Inglese. You can find them on Facebook. Internations (Genova branch). There is also Hiking in Ingese," said another expat in Genoa.

"-For Books try FNAC on Via 20 September -For Curry try the Asian Super Markets along from Porto Antico toward Station Principe -For Ex-Pats try the English Bar off a side street Nr Piazza di Ferrari (on left as you head towards Via Garibaldi," added another person living in Genoa.

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What do expats in Genoa appreciate most about the local culture?

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"Genova is a beautiful and interesting city. There are always surprises to look at, i.e. statues, frescoes on old buildings when you wander around the somewhat dirty, mysterious alleys. The piazza around the old port is beautiful. There is a great acquarium and some restaurants where you can have dinner or drinks overlooking the yachts and the water. There is a little village called Bocadese which is now incorporated into Genova. It has a small beach where you can swim and looks very traditional. Another small village, Nervi, has a beautiful seacliff walkway with lots of restaurants. Genova is connected by rail with Cinque terre, Santa Margarita Ligure, Pisa, Milan, and Nice, France - all of which make interesting day or overnight trips. We brought our two dogs with us from the United States. Italians love dogs. They are allowed on buses, trains and in many restaurants. People stop on the street to pet and admire the dogs. There are water fountains for dogs everywhere. Italians seem to have a good sense of humor and are very nice, generally. There are many musical events to attend in various parts of Italy. Public transport is very good compared to the U.S. and traveling in a rental car on the highways is not difficult although Italian road designers seem to be obsessed with building tunnels, so you don't really get to see that much from the autostrada," explained one expat.

Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Genoa accepting of differences?

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"Very little diversity compared to the large cities in the UK. Small Asian Minority (Chinese) Larger Black community (Ethiopean)," added another person living in Genoa.

What are the schools in Genoa like?

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"this school is state-run so the facilities and the standards are low. look for a better alternative- there is another international school in Genova which seems to be quite good," said another expat in Genoa with children at Deledda International School.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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