How to spend Easter in Genoa

It is Easter and we are in the middle of spring: the days are finally getting nice, sunny, cool.

After the chill of winter, it’s time to get outside and welcome nature’s flourishing and vibrant nature, so you decide to take a trip out of town and spend the Easter holiday in an alternative way.

Some people go to the sea and some prefer the mountains. And then there is Genoa, which thanks to its spatial conformation brings everyone together, whether it is summer or winter.

In this article we want to provide you with some useful hints that will enable you to experience a rich and happy Easter in the Superb, the city built between the sea and the mountains.

Visiting the Strada Nuova Museums at Easter

Want to immerse yourself in Genoese history and culture? Then we suggest you visit the New Road Museums on Garibaldi Street.

These are the so-called Palazzi dei Rolli, so called because during the Republic of Genoa they housed the illustrious people who visited the city: there are several, many of which are currently UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

With guided tours you can take a dip into the past and learn all about the city of Christopher Columbus and the Doges.

They can be visited free of charge during Rolli Days: each palace is unique and holds within it the prestigious works of Van Dyck, rich frescoes, Paganini’s violin, the King and Queen’s apartments, and much more.

Do the Palazzi dei Rolli intrigue you and would like to learn more?

We wrote an in-depth article on the 5 Palazzi dei Rolli you should visit.

Discovering Genoese Easter religious traditions

The Night of the Sepulchres is one of the most beloved traditions of the inhabitants of the Superb.

The Night of the Sepulchres is one of the most beloved traditions among Ligurian residents, the first historical records of which date back as far as the 15th century: during the night of Maundy Thursday, the altars of churches are adorned with fabrics, candles and flowers, which, together with the religious stories, make the Eucharist and the atmosphere quite evocative.

The tradition is to visit the tombs in odd numbers: unfailing is the visit to the tomb of St. Lawrence Cathedral, adorned with the simplicity of flowers.

Other tombs to visit are found in the Church of St. Camillus, Church of St. Matthew, Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Agnes, Church of Jesus, Church of St. Bartholomew and that of St. Donatus.

Procession of the Casacce

Among the best-known Genoese processions, the Holy Thursday procession is one of the best known and most popular.

In the evening, the Confraternities walk through the city’s alleys, lit by the participants’ candles: the procession parades to Genoa’s seven oldest churches, visiting their Sepulchres.

Taste the typical delicacies of the Superba

Focaccia, pesto, pansoti, tripe: Genoa also has its typical products, each of which possesses its own ancient history.

If a visit to the Sepulchres doesn’t inspire you, you can always check out the historic establishments, such as Tripperia la Casana, where tripe has been processed and cooked following tradition for over a hundred years-take the moment to think of some amazing culinary gifts for your loved ones!

You will discover the goodness of Genovese schiacciata: good with onions and cheese, but also good au naturel like the one from Mario Bakery on St. Vincent Street.

Strolling through the Old Port

Visiting the Old Port means experiencing the heart of the city of Genoa: here you will find the Galata Museo del Mare, the pirate ship or Galleon Neptune (which will make the little ones happy), the Lantern and its museum, and finally the buildings built and renovated by Renzo Piano such as the Aquarium, the Bigo, and the Biosphere.

5 unusual places to discover

Do you like to get out of the box, and want to spend Easter in Genoa in an alternative way?

Then you should visit the open-air prison, find out what Genoa’s sundial is and where it is located, or visit one of the most beautiful open-air cemeteries in Europe.

Find everything in our article on 5 unusual places to see in Genoa.

Where to stay

Just under a kilometer from the city center and a hundred meters from Brignole train station, Urban Flora is the perfect place for you to fully enjoy your stay in Genoa

With us you will experience a Scandinavian-modern look, where fresh and pleasant plants will make you enjoy as much relaxation as possible and for an unforgettable vacation. All rooms provide a private bathroom, smart TV and free Wi-Fi that will make you feel right at home. Book your room now or contact us to ask for more information.


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