Clarion Collection Hotel Garden Lido
Lungomare Nazario Sauro, 9
Phone: (39) 019 669666
Fax: (39) 019 668552
A recent survey has revealed that in Belpaese the longest queues form in the Post Office, where you can expect to wait for at least 20 minutes. In Bruzzone, the wait is slightly shorter (certainly not at Christmas however), but the crowds are such as to merit a system of tickets, as you might encounter in the Post Office or the Bakers. If you don't subscribe to the belief that the genovese are gluttons for punishment, you are undoubtedly aware of their proverbial keen eye for bargains (some would call it cheapness), and this is why Bruzzone is such a successful shop. It is not particularly attractive, nor well located, but the prices are amazingly cheap, providing you get there at the right time and are not hung up on one particular item or another. The brand names are by far the best and you may find sporting gear for skiers, cyclists, or motor boat lovers, depending on the stock.
Tommaso is a true sports fanatic who couldn't do anything else but run a sports shop. The shop sells articles for all sports and has a particular emphasis on diving, as Tommaso is also an instructor. There is a wide choice of goods and this is also the place to hire and refill cylinders. There is also a wide selection of bicycles, as this shop is in a strategic position, near the Turchino pass, a favourite place for cyclists.
Music to the ears is one of the best ways to be entertained. And when in the the small little city of Sanremo in the Italian Riviera, Popoff Tuttomusica is the stop for all. This is a record store stocking a variety of music CDs, DVDs, cassettes and more records. Though this is a retail shop selling music records, they also book tickets for events like music concerts.
This large and well stocked emporium is to the west, at Sestri,in the pedestrianised area on the main street. It has slowly grown, improving its range and is now a very big store indeed. The store is laid out on four floors. On the ground floor there is a perfume section as well as accessories and sportswear. In the basement there is men's fashion and on the first floor there is womens's. On the second floor, you can find household linen, accessories and materials. The shop sells high quality goods and it has a pleasant atmosphere. It seems more like a boutique than a megastore, in spite of its size.
The Centro Commerciale Fiumara is a giant shopping mall a few steps away from the sea. It was designed and built in the 1970s when the town's people decided to do something, to change the landscape and lifestyle of their town. Today, this place has a huge entertainment complex, health facilities, cinemas, restaurants and is a mini township in itself. The main office is open daily.
The shop in Via Buranello, is one of the first retail outlets of a chain of sports shops that are being opened in Genoa. This chain has expanded and now has 8 retail outlets in the area. Their motto is 'the lowest prices' and they offer a range of sports goods as well as a ski repair service. It is a welcoming shop with polite, mainly young staff and is open all day long. There is also parking space which is rare in this area.
The owner of this shop, Massimo, or Max to his friends, has an authentic passion for two wheels which is obvious to anyone who sees his period, cross country bikes collection and to anyone who visits this shop. This is the historic home of the Motoclub Contessa which has distinguished itself in many Endurance Championships on a national level and offers makes such as Aprilia, Benelli and Kimko as well as specialists as Husquarna, Tm and Vor, which is an Italian firm. They are all made in the workshop and the Motocross, Enduro and Supermotard versions have outstanding results. Be prepared for high prices though, as superior quality doesn't come cheap! They also sell specialist clothing and a range of helmets and accessories.
This is a classic shop that sells everything you could need for the sea. Andrea is the priest of this temple of nautical equipment, and sells spare parts, accessories and all kinds of things that you would never even have imagined. Andrea is also a keen sailor and will be able to advise you if you are buying things for your boat without making you buy useless gadgets. This is a must for loyal clients who stop off here in the evening to look at the race classifications, comment on the latest boat news and exchange weather predictions for the weekend. A nautical emporium, this place is far out on the Bucaneve port. Don't be scared off by the dog, its worth a visit, for the competent owner and its competitive prices.
The shop is inside the old Cotton warehouse near the Old port. It's open until midnight. It's a huge shop divided into sections (many of which are not well-stocked) of CD's which are then subdivided by price. There are both second hand and new releases, and there is a catalogue which contains both mainstream releases, rereleases and compilations. There are four listening posts and sections for videocassettes and videogames. The staff are friendly and attentive in spite of the cash and carry feeling to the store.
A big facility totally dedicated to music, with recording rooms, soundproof areas and training classrooms at the disposal of musicians of any age. You can play your own music, with the possibility of recording it, you can attend singing courses of various kinds (from chorus, to orchestra, to big band), and you can train yourself as a music therapist or entertainer. And even the youngsters can enjoy themselves, thanks to specific classes, teaching them how to interact with sounds and instruments. For schools, Casa della Musica organizes special visits, including laboratories that permit children of all ages to get closer, each in his/her own way, to the world of music.
This shop specialises in architectural texts and catalogues as well as magazines, guides and illustrations. It in a strategic location, near the School of Architecture and also offers kinds of interesting books of a wider public, including literature, all on a architectural theme.
If you like finding the most original Chinese products, you can’t miss the Shanghai Supermarket, a little shop which is located just near the homonymous historical market (Mercatino di Shanghai). The owners are Chinese but speak Italian very well, and prices are very cheap on just about everything: from accessories like chopsticks, rice pots, bento (Japanese lunch boxes), baskets for steam cooking and sushi sets, to fresh or frozen foods. Since all the packaged goods bear a label in both Italian and English, you will be easily able to understand what you have in your hands, or you can always ask the owners, who are very kind and obliging. You can find the supermarket in front of Museo del Mare.