Clarion Collection Hotel Astoria Genova
Piazza Brignole, 4
Phone: (39) 010 873316
Fax: (39) 010 8317326
There is now a wide offering of shops in this lively area of Via Gramsci where the Corderia Nazionale is found. This is a shop caught between the past and the future, where marine style objects can be found alongside the latest electronic apparatus. There is also a wide choice of fishing and underwater equipment, which makes the shop the home of Sub Assai diving club with qualified instructors who offer the opportunity of diving at Portofino all year round.
This bathing establishment has a swimming pool and a terrace over the beach. The interior is a restaurant, with outside tables for warm days. In summer there is a bar on the roof where latin music is played, and in winter, a transparent gazebo is put up here. They serve draught beer and aperitifs and this is a great place to look out over the sea.
Built in 1935 and renewed in early 2008 after 16 years of closure, this complex is particularly adored by citizens and is not only the biggest in Genoa, but actually the second largest in Italy after Foro Italico in Rome. It is also the most important swimming stadium in the country, with its five pools (two of which are covered) and its 3000 square meters (33,000 square feet) of fitness area. This area includes a skating rink, a mega-gymnasium, a pool reserved for aqua-gym, free admission to Turkish baths, water massage, sauna, and an available aesthetician. You will not have difficulties finding a parking spot since there are 146 available free of charge.
In order to have a little break from work, in summer what is better than a plunge in a swimming pool two steps away from the sea and the city center? Bagni San Giuliano definitely satisfies the needs of singles, as well as a families, who do not intend to travel too far and sit in line for hours, but prefer being cuddled on the promenade of Corso Italia by the many amenities offered at this equipped spot: a large bar, one swimming pool for adults (22 meters/72 feet) and another reserved to children (five meters/16 feet), a little soccer field, and a playground with many toys for the little ones. Most of all, the little huts, or cabine, are very spacious and nearly all are supplied with a reserved outside zone – two chairs and a table.
In the centre of the Lagaccio valley, between the chaotic Via Napoli area and the quiet hills, this is a public sports facility. There is a strong wind from the hills which makes playing football here a bit of an effort, but there are other sports on offer here and this is one of the few places in Genoa where you can have a game of hockey. The national hockey federation has just sponsored new changing rooms here.
Coming from the city center and taking the fast road to the left shore of the Torrente Bisagno, one can't help being struck by the great, black profile of the covered swimming pool of Sciorba. Similar to a hangar, this transforms into an open air pool, by taking off the motorized cover, which is an excellent solution to the Genoan climate. It only takes a few minutes to take the cover off and so it can always be a last minute decision depending on the weather. This is one of the best municipal, sports centers, planned by the architect Zoppini in 1992, it has four pools, two of which are covered and an Olympic pool with a gallery for 600 people. During the summer season the area of Sciorba becomes 'another beach' for the city, and is especially favored by people who don't have the time to go to the sea and can take advantage of the large parking facilities.
Crocera Stadium is popular both in the neighborhood, as well as among those who travel to the facilities. The flexibility of the open hours, the modernity and the cleanliness, as well as the wide array of courses for people who want more than the free swimming, make the difference. Managed by Don Bosco Association, it is equipped with an indoor court for basketball and volleyball, a fitness room and two swimming-pools: one regulation-size for training, water polo and courses, and one with shallow water for children and rehabilitation exercises. During the summer you can even go there to lie under the sun and relax, enjoying a fresh drink.
Part of a sports centre, surrounded by greenery, the Borzoli swimming pool is 33 metres and is covered over. There are large windows so that swimmers can enjoy a view of the surrounding parkland and this creates a light atmosphere, reminiscent of similar, north European structures. It is a shame that the changing rooms are not quite up to standard and there are not many parking spaces here. Open on Sunday mornings.
One of the aims of the Italian Naval League (45,000 members), is to spread 'culture and love for the sea'. It has a good representation in Genoa in the Sestri Ponente area, with over 1,400 members and 700 boats, and is one of the most important in Italy. They practice and teach fishing, sailing, diving and rowing here at an amateur and competitive level. Located near the airport in the Sestri district, it has close links to the area and offers free sailing courses for local, school children. It also organizes rowing and sailing races and fishing competitions.
One of the rare Italian examples of an English house and garden, this perfectly conserved estate lies in the Val Polcevera, on the left banks of the Torrente Secca, in the little Rio Comago valley. It was built in 1850 by C. Cusani, the Lombard landscape architect, as a country residence for the Genovese nobleman Orso Serra. The neogothic Tudor house has a three peaked facade, high chimney stacks and bow-windows. The romantic English park features woods, lakes with water games, the essential viewpoints and gives an overall impression of a period garden, down to the rare botanic plants. Among the species of tree, there are sequoias, cypresses, beech trees, Lebanese cedars and horse chestnuts. The estate remained the property of the Serra family until 1938, when it was handed over to the local council, who converted it into a public park, which is now revealed in all its original splendor, after a period of recent restoration. Hours vary as per days. Check website for details.
The Park of the Villa Durazzo Pallavicini is a magnificent example of a romantic landscape garden, which is almost unrivaled in Italy. It is a hilly park with oak and pine woods, grassy expanses and even a little zoo with fallow deer and goats. It is an impressive nineteenth century garden, a Disneyland of yore with triumphal arches, lakes, waterfalls, temples, crenelated castles and oriental pagodas. It is interesting to visit all year round and there are several services provided: guided tours, a book shop, boat trips and a cafeteria.
Beside a fairly long stretch of path leading from the Mediterranean Oasis to the next port of call, the Old Lake, the area of the camellia woods is more than an attractive planted bed; it is a botanical phenomenon of great interest. In the first decades of the 19th Century, the collection of camellias reached its peak, as far as the fate of these flowers were concerned; a desire for camellias spread throughout the noble classes of Italy, provoking a rush to cultivate ever new, ever finer specimens with regard to color, form and feature. In the north of Italy, the gardens soon filled with camellias, and the most famous of these are to be found on the banks of the Lombard lakes, between the Riviera and Tuscany. In Genoa, the Pallavicini Park still boasts one of the largest collections of wild camellias in Italy, which have by now attained a tree-like status, giving this stretch of pathway its fascinating wooded character. To make it easier for visitors, the camellias are largely labeled and at the beginning of the path there are leaflets describing the characteristics of each type of plant.