Genoa, Italy

Includes the 'Metropolitan City of Genoa' from Bogliasco West to Voltri. See Also Our Guide to Liguria

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. Our guide to the best places to run in Genoa includes the ‘Metropolitan City from Bogliasco west to Voltri. See also our separate guide for the Ligurian coast.

The best places to run in Genoa are a series of coastal roads and paths, including the Corso Italia, and Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi. We’ve also created terrific ‘runseeing tours’ for each of Genoa and Pegli, hitting the main sites and scenic hillside promenades. The scenic Circonvallazione a Monte is a nice hillside promenade. For a more challenging run, take the funicular and run by numerous forts in the Park of the City Walls. For more, see our separate guide to the Ligurian coast east and west of Genoa.

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).

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Genoa has a great climate for running. Winters are mild but somewhat rainy, with high temperatures near 10C (50F) and cool nights. Summer are warm but not hot, with high temperatures in the 27C (81F) range. It’s generally sunny and dry in summer and more precipitation in winter. There can be snow in the hills above.

Genoa is a popular place to visit, as well as very much a working port. There’s an ample selection of hotels. Try to stay within a 1-2 km of the nicer coastal sections for an out your door easy run. The good transport system will also help navigate up and down the hills to good running options.