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The Liguria region's main city, Genoa has a gritty appeal. Its commercial flair was based on maritime trade, and the city is still a key Mediterranean port. It is an excellent destination for a short break, but is also a useful stopping-off point for rail travellers heading deeper into Italy. Some of Liguria’s most celebrated coastal resorts (such as Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure) are close by, and Genoa itself has enough to entertain any visitor for a few days.

An intricate maze of lanes (locally called caruggi) leads up from the waterfront into the Old Town where the showpiece sights are the ducal palace and cathedral. Everywhere you’ll see the red and white flag of Genoa – which England appropriated. St George is also the patron saint of Genoa.

The gaudy main station is called Genoa Piazza Principe (often abbreviated to Genova Principe). The city is far from the main Italian high-speed network, so journey times are slow. Plan on five hours for the direct train to Rome, two hours to Turin and 90 minutes to Milan.

Genoa does however have some useful long-distance connections. There is a direct overnight train to Naples and Salerno and very useful direct EuroCity services (run by Thello) to Nice, Monaco and Marseille. A weekly direct train to Moscow adds a little spice to the departure boards at Piazza Principe station.

You can reach Genoa easily in a long day’s journey from London. The standard route has been via Paris and Milan. But since Eurostar launched its direct London-Marseille service in May 2015, it now make sense (on those days when the London to Marseille train runs) to travel from London to Genoa with just one change of train at Marseille St Charles. The run from Marseille to Genoa is a superb rail-cruise along the Riviera.

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Marseille to Genoa by train

from £22.40

Avg 0 changes 5hr 35m

Nice to Genoa by train

from £13.40

Avg 0 changes 2hr 59m

London to Genoa by train

from £78.40

Avg 1 change 12hr 39m

London to Genoa by train

from £78.40

Avg 1 change 12hr 39m

London to Genoa by train

from £78.40

Avg 1 change 12hr 39m

Cannes to Genoa by train

from £13.40

Avg 1 change 3hr 58m

Levanto to Genoa by train

from £4.90

Avg 0 changes 59m

Florence to Genoa by train

from £8.80

Avg 0 changes 2hr 43m

Milan to Genoa by train

from £7.90

Avg 0 changes 1hr 30m

Venice to Genoa by train

from £29.80

Avg 1 change 4hr 8m

Pisa to Genoa by train

from £8.70

Avg 0 changes 1hr 35m

La Spezia to Genoa by train

from £6.40

Avg 0 changes 53m

Monterosso Almo to Genoa by train

from £6.00

Avg 0 changes 56m

Rome to Genoa by train

from £8.70

Avg 0 changes 3hr 58m

Riomaggiore to Genoa by train

from £6.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 17m

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Ventimiglia to Genoa by train

from £8.20

Avg 0 changes 1hr 56m

Santa Margherita Ligure to Genoa by train

from £2.40

Avg 0 changes 20m

Siena to Genoa by train

from £18.10

Avg 1 change 3hr 56m

Rapallo to Genoa by train

from £2.40

Avg 0 changes 19m

Turin to Genoa by train

from £8.70

Avg 0 changes 1hr 25m

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