The Anonymous Widower

The Metro In Genoa

The Metro in Genoa is only small, but it got me out of trouble.  There had been a lineside fire and everybody was taken off the train from Rome at the Brignole station, rather than the main one at Principe.  There was no information at the station and I eventually found a friendly concierge in a hotel, who told me to take three stops on the Metro.

It is only a small system, but it covers the main parts of the city centre and goes to the sites I wanted to see on my overnight visit.

I actually could have used it more, as it also ran from my hotel to the restaurant I found on the Internet.  But the hotel concierge felt it best I took a taxi, despite the station being about thirty metres away.

Compared to some metros I’ve used throughout Europe and the world, the Genoa metro sets a standard that others could emulate.

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Two Trains To Genoa

I took two trains to Genoa.

The first was one of the new high speed trains called Frecciarossa, that got me to Rome in just over two hours and the second was a Frecciabianca that got me to Genoa around six in the evening. I didn’t write the exact times down and can’t find them from the Trenitalia web site.

On the trip to Rome, I had an aisle seat, which explains the lack of pictures. Especially as the train was crowded!

When I booked the trip, I didn’t realise that the Rome to Genoa leg runs for a long time up the coast and has spectacular sea views.

Both trains were 2+2 seating and despite the bigger loading gauge in Italy compared to the UK, I think that the seating was rather cramped compared to some First Class I’ve sampled in the UK, in France and on Eurostar.

The stops on the Rome to Genoa leg are also quite important cities including Pisa, which is a major rail junction, so don’t necessarily do the leg in one as I did.

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