Clarion Collection Hotel Astoria Genova
Piazza Brignole, 4
Phone: (39) 010 873316
Fax: (39) 010 8317326
The Scout association's shop, Lo Scoiattolo provides low prices and a really wide choice of equipment for mountain climbing, trekking, camping, free climbing and orienteering. The shop which was at one time uniquely for the Scout movement, now offers its mountain knowledge to everyone. This is a favorite, thanks to its old connections as well as for its selection of the best brands and its convenient location. It would be a pity not to take a look, especially during the sales.
This shop was recently opened by three young entrepreneurs, and is now known locally as 'the three guys' shop'. There is not an enormous range of stock, but the quality albums are much sought after, and even for the most sophisticated it would be difficult not to find something interesting. There is a good selection of LPs, 7' singles, punk cds, ska, emo, indie, noise, and heavy metal. Those who still remain unimpressed will be pleased with the selection of T-shirts and merchandise featuring their favorite bands. They buy second-hand records and cds. This shop deserves support.
Men and women's wear from the season's names and fashionable brands. The shop is brave to fly in the face of a traditional city like Genoa. It is always up-to-the minute in its designs and colors. The shop has splendid windows and a very well-kept interior. It sells fashionable clothes, shoes and accessories. For people inspired by international magazines who want to have a refined eye-catching look.
The shop windows are always absolutely beautiful. There are only a few shoes on display in the window, but just step inside and everything is before your eyes. They have all the city's most original collections for both men and women. There are famous brands from alternative fashion made with bright colours, elaborate heels and strange shapes. Every item is highly desirable both for its material and its design. The shop's shoes are more striking than elegant, although the men's shoe range is rather conservative whilst still original.
In its refurbished premises, Upim is a good value department store with an original range of stock. It covers two floors, with sections for toiletries, underwear, men and woman's fashions and accessories on the ground floor, and household items and stationary on the first floor. Fashion items include interesting fabrics like silk, linen and cashmere. The household goods anticipate stylish, modern clients, with colored dinner services, co-ordinated tableware and metal garden furniture.
Dischi Orlandini unquestionably is a reliable music store of Genoa. This huge shop has the latest in music and movies, from around the world and across diverse genres. Do ask for recommendations from the shop staff, if there's anything in particular you're looking out for. Apar from this amazing selection, another reason people flock in here is for the live music performances held here regularly.
This record shop is slightly away from the main street but it still faces onto the Via San Vicenzo, the city's pedestrianised shopping area. This is on the route of the Saturday afternoon "passaggio". The shop specialises in Jazz: rereleases, new releases, compilations and sections devoted to particular artists. There is a wide choice of different styles of jazz from its origins to fusion and the new schools. There's vinyl for the collectors and CDs for those who want the latest material.
This small commercial centre is in the trendiest street for shopping in Genova: San Vincenzo. The centre is made up of an enormous space which is lit by a large sky light. There are several shops inside which are laid out like stalls with all their stock on display. They sell various items including clothes, music, books, candles, perfume, gadgets, stationery and pizza slices. On Saturday afternoon, it's crowded with young people and we advise against going shopping there on then. However, it is strongly recommended that you keep your ears open for their evening programmes.
Fashionable footwear, including sought after designer names. The window displays are always very interesting as an indication of the latest trends, or a display of classic styles. The store has a wide range of daring footwear, displayed with bold pleasure: aerodynamic shoes, and lethal heels, as well as more traditional styles which stay up to date. The range of men's shoes is stylish for the more elegant as well as the more practical models.
This tobacconist can satisfy every man's appetite for tobacco. They have everything from rare cigars to smoking devices. They have all the things you would expect to find in the smoking room of an English club - pipes, tobaccos, matches, lighters and refined table games. We also recommend ladies to go in the shop to have a look at the splendid false jewels. These synthetic stones would fool an expert. Set in real gold, the bracelets, necklaces and earrings are extravagant and elegant. They also sell the sort of cigarette cases and lighters which divas from the silver screen draw from their crocodile skin handbags.
The news that Gianni Agnelli orders his ties from here may give one to understand the caliber of this men's shop. Even the least vain man could find himself spending an entire afternoon here at Via Roma, 38. The Genoese aristocracy, on a par with the English Lords in their sober elegance and impeccable detail, come here to seek advice on the crucial decisions of how many centimetres are needed, length and breadth to create their perfect fit. A supplier of ties, shirts, cashmere cardigans and socks, Finollo celebrates its hundredth anniversary this year.
This exclusive shop sells high fashion names like Yves Saint Laurent and Sonia Rykiel. It sells classic, elegant clothes, adjusting to the tastes of the season but never making any concession to passing fashions. They have perfect suits and luxurious evening dresses which suit the sober and traditional tastes of their Genoese clientele. It's the boutique for an important occasion.