Genova Brignole train station is the city’s second most important, just after Genova Piazza Principe. It is located in the city centre, on Piazza Verdi, which stands at the foot of Montesano hill. The ornate Renaissance building, which was opened in 1905, boasts elegant marble and painted frescoes. Around 300 trains pass through daily, both regional and long-distance national routes. The station sits on the Pisa-Genova line, with the full route on a direct train taking as little as 1h45mins. La Spezia-Genova takes 1 hours, whilst Milan-Genova is a journey of 1h45mins, and travelling from Turin takes 1h50mins. Passengers arriving at the station will find several bus routes to transfer them to destinations like Cristoforo Colombo Airport (around a 40-minute journey) and the Port of Genova (a journey time of 10 to 15 minutes). Access to the centre is easy because there is a metro stop directly connected to the station (also called Brignole), which takes visitors and locals alike to the rest of the city.
Setting off on foot from Genova Brignole train station, visitors will reach the famous Teatro Stabile within 10 minutes. Founded in 1951, this huge theatre hosts plenty of productions and cultural events. Another 5 minutes will lead to one of the city’s largest parks, Piazza della Vittoria. Amongst its manicured lawns is an imposing memorial dedicated to the inhabitants of the city who died in WWI. Another 10-minute walk will see visitors arrive at Piazza Colombo, with its central fountain (Fontana del Genio Marino) and surrounded by arcades under arched walkways. This area presents the ideal opportunity to browse the many shops and stalls selling souvenirs. Just over 500 metres away, or a 5-minute walk, tourists will come to a natural history museum, which houses exhibits ranging from zoological to paleontological, as well as stocking a huge library.
Passengers don’t need to stray too far from the station to sample some good local cuisine. Along Via San Vincenzo and Via XX Settembre, which are no more than a 10-minute walk away, there is a selection of high-quality restaurants, trendy bars and boutique shops. Here it’s possible to pick up local foods like focaccia bread, torta pasqualina and the city’s famous Genovese pesto, made from the best extra virgin olive oil and protected-status basil from the region of Liguria. Foodies will also enjoy a stroll around the nearby Mercato Orientale. As well as being a local meeting point for the community, it’s a colourful treasure trove of stalls selling various cheeses, meats, baked goods, seasonal vegetables, fruits and handmade pasta.
Piazza G. Verdi 2, 16121 Genova
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