When to go to Genoa: climate, best time and tips month by month

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Overlooking the Ligurian Sea, Genoa is one of the most surprising Italian cities, whose past was immediately linked to the navy and trade. The port of Genoa, in fact, is the largest Italian port by extension, second only to that of Trieste for flow of goods.
If you are planning a visit to Genoa (of one or more days), here is some information that could be useful regarding the climate, the main points of interest and the unmissable events divided by season.


  1. Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
  2. When to go to Genoa: the cheapest period
  3. Genoa in Spring
  4. Genoa in the Summer
  5. Genoa in Autumn
  6. Genoa in Winter
  7. User questions and comments

Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation

  • Best time: from April to June and September-October, with preference for June and September. In fact, in July and August it can be quite hot and the coast can be very crowded and uncomfortable to drive around. In September there is the Salone Nautico fair
  • Period to avoid: none in particular, but late autumn and winter discourage outdoor activities and excursions

The climate of Genoa is Mediterranean, with rainy winters and summers that are generally very hot and sunny. Despite being in northern Italy, in fact, the city is clearly divided from the Po Valley by the Apennine chain, which is why the climate is milder than in other neighboring areas.
Rainfall is quite abundant (October is the wettest month), but there are never big changes in temperature between the different seasons. A constant feature all year round, however, is the presence of the wind blowing strongly from the north-east, recalled by the frequent periods of bad weather.
Finally, the average temperatures oscillate between 12 ° and 28 ° maximum, with peaks of heat in the month of August.

The best times to visit Genoa are spring and early summer when the days are sunny but the temperatures are not yet prohibitive: in fact in July and August it can be quite hot and the coast can be very crowded and uncomfortable to drive around.

When to go to Genoa: the cheapest period

As for the costs, however, the winter months are certainly the cheapest ones but, all in all, it cannot be said that Genoa is a particularly expensive city and at any time of the year you can find offers and / or travel packages that will allow you to save a little.

The best compromise between climate and savings is in the months of April-May and September-October. In September, however, there is the Boat Show, so the prices go up in those days.

Genoa in Spring

Spring in Genoa is mild, but also quite rainy. The most unstable months are March and April, but even towards late May a cloud of clouds can obscure the sky above the city.
In the first days of good weather, one of the most recommended attractions to visit is the Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno (which, together with that of Messina, is one of the most important monumental cemeteries in Europe). In addition to the fact that many illustrious personalities have been buried here, such as Giuseppe Mazzini, the site is known for the wealth of statues and chapels created over the years by Genoese sculptors, which gives the place a great artistic value from the point of view of funeral architecture-sculpture.
Alternatively, you could think of following the paths traced by the old city walls, retracing the most salient eras of the past.
This season, events and demonstrations in Genoa are certainly not in short supply, especially in May: among the most, I point out the Regional Market in Piazza Matteotti and Euroflora, an event that involves Italian and foreign gardening enthusiasts (but also anyone who is intrigued by particular exotic species and not only).

Genoa in the Summer

Summer is hot but, usually, the breeze from the sea relieves the feeling of mugginess a little which affects most during the month of August.
To escape the oppressive heat, you might consider spending a day inside the Genoa Aquarium, first in Europe for animal species and ninth in the world by extension. It is located in Ponte Spinola, in the sixteenth-century port of the city, and every year it attracts more than a million visitors: the itinerary of about 2 and a half hours includes 70 indoor pools, plus 4 of the open-air Cetacean Pavilion. In addition, one of the most popular initiatives of the Aquarium is the Night with the sharks, or the possibility of spending an entire night in front of the shark tank learning their nocturnal behavior.
If, on the other hand, the heat doesn't scare you, I suggest you go towards Boccadasse, the ancient Genoese village of the Albaro district, with pastel-colored houses and the small bay that seems to have remained unchanged over the course of time.
Finally, among the unmissable events of the period, I point out Summer evenings at the Royal Palace with extraordinary opening of the building every summer Saturday until 22:00, but also SummerSpectacle that animates the evenings in the city with shows distributed in various locations (in addition of course to the various fairs and festivals that are held from late May to early September).

Genoa in Autumn

Autumn days in Genoa are quite mild but also gray and rainy.
With such an unstable climate, it might be a good idea to dedicate yourself to exploring the historic center starting from Piazza De Ferrari, the main square in Genoa from which some of its most important streets branch off. From here, you can move to the Palazzo Ducale, seat of the Doge of the Ancient Republic, or to the Carlo Felice Theater, where the opera season and the symphonic season are held, as well as recitals and various kinds of events. .
Walking along the port, however, you can easily come across the Lanterna, the representative lighthouse of the city (the highest in the Mediterranean).
If you are a lover of boats and water sports, mark the annual appointment with the International Boat Show in September with over 1.000 boats that can be visited and various events dedicated to swimming, windsurfing, rowing, etc.

Genoa in Winter

Winter is quite mild and, when frost and / or snowfall occurs during the coldest periods, they never last long thanks to the mitigating action of the sea.
Taking advantage of the more covered days, however, I would advise you to focus your attention on the main palaces and museums of the city: the Royal Palace, for example, is one of the main historic buildings in Genoa, located near the university center and part of a complex architectural made in pure Genoese Baroque style. Or another building of great importance is the Palazzo San Giorgio, once nicknamed Palazzo del mare because it directly overlooks the port docks.
Finally, if you have time left over, take a walk in Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, included in the World Heritage Sites for the stylistic uniqueness that distinguishes it.
Among the most significant events of the season, the San Nicola Market and the Book Fair in the Mazzini Gallery, both under the Christmas period.

How to dress: what to pack

  • In winter: clothes suitable for cold days (wool sweaters, coat, jeans and / or long pants, waterproof shoes, scarf, hat), umbrella.
  • In summer: light clothes (T-shirt, shorts, dresses), comfortable shoes, sweatshirt and long jeans just in case, umbrella.
  • In autumn and spring: spring / autumn clothes with some heavier items (sweatshirt, sweater, etc.), comfortable and waterproof shoes, umbrella.

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