Clarion Collection Hotel Astoria Genova
Piazza Brignole, 4
Phone: (39) 010 873316
Fax: (39) 010 8317326
Mo to Su from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AMAsending on the red Righi cable car, up from the noisy traffic of the Largo Zecca, after a twenty minute underground journey, it is incredibly exciting to see the city open out into the wonderful panorama which can be appreciated from the terrace near the cable car stop. From the Piazza Balvedere G. Caproni, at a height of about 300m above sea-level, there is quite an amazing view: the whole of Genoa can be seen, spreading into the bay between Mount Portofino and Capo Noli. With your back to the port, you can see the mountains and the old fortifications of the Richelieu fortress extending to the sea, the distant Forte Ratti, while in the foreground stands the Forte Castellaccio, built by the Guelfs in the fourteenth century. A little way beyond the Forte Sperone (built in the eighteenth century, and without doubt the most fascinating and well-preserved of all the forts), you can make out the far-away, solitary Forte Puin and Forte Diamante. The city lies below; you can see the Valbisagno area which slopes up almost to the height of the forts. Then, following the line of the hillside, you should recognise opposite you a large 1970's building, known as the "Biscione", and in the valley below the modern Stadio L. Ferraris, rebuilt for the 1990 World Cup football, can also be seen. Nearby, the large Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno lies alongside the flowing Bisagno.