Genoa is a port city and capital of Italy’s Liguria region. The pretty and well preserved older town has an antique port, narrow lanes that open to grand piazzas, and alleyways leading to mountain roads and trails. There is wonderful running in Genoa, but it’s helpful to be familiar with the geography. Just up from the port, narrow caruggi and creuze lead to hillside roads, paths, and historic villas.
The best places to run in Genoa are a series of coastal roads and paths, including the Corso Italia, Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi, and Voltri-Verazze. In town, we’ve created a ‘runseeing’ tour of Genoa’s main sights, and a hillside promenade of the upper ring road. For a more challenging run, take the funicular and run by numerous forts in the Park of the City Walls or enjoy some of the extensive trails of Beiugua Geo Park. Further afield, we’ve created a running tour of nearby Pegli and the famous coastal road and trails around Portofino.
It’s helpful to be familiar with the complex geography of Genoa. Right in the city, there’s a subway and buses, and in the hills, there are three funiculars, two rack railways, ten lifts, and lots of stairs. Trains allow for some great one-way runs, and connect to Pegli and Rapallo/Santa Margherita (for Portofino).