How Safe Is Genoa for Travel?

Genoa, Italy
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Genoa is the most gorgeous city in Italy, with little narrow streets and its spirit completely different from other cities in Italy.

The best thing that you can do in Genoa is walking around the old city center, the largest in Europe.

It is a genuine Italian city with its own identity and not a tourist trap.

Food is amazing even for the already high Italian standards, and being by the sea is just perfect.

Nightlife is not that thrilling but if you are happy with drinking a beer and hanging out in a square in summer or a bar in winter, you’ll have a marvelous time.

Warnings & Dangers in Genoa

Overall Risk


Genoa is a very tourist-friendly city in Italy. It is very safe and there's no reason to fear anything there, just avoid its many secluded streets after dark.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Taxis and other means of transportation are, overall, very safe to use in Genoa, but be on the lookout for pickpockets and other petty thieves.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpocketing and bag snatching does exist, but it's not as common as you would expect. Pickpockets usually lurk around the port area and other tourist landmarks, but you don't have to worry too much.

Natural Disasters Risk


Floods are the most common type of natural disasters in Genoa, but they're not too common. Still, be on the lookout and follow the authorities' advice.

Mugging Risk


Genoa is relatively safe when it comes to mugging or kidnapping. It rarely happens to tourists, but you should avoid little, narrow streets that Genoa is famous for, late at night.

Terrorism Risk


It is best to stay alert and aware of your surroundings in Italy, since its neighbors, France and Belgium, have been victims of terrorist attacks. However, Italy hasn't suffered from such occurrences.

Scams Risk


Since Genoa is a top tourist destination, it is no wonder that people will try to scam you, especially during summer when the number of tourists increases. Double-check the authenticity of everything you want to buy as well as the change you receive and negotiate everything in advance.

Women Travelers Risk


Genoa as other popular European destinations, is very safe for women travelers, so no need to worry there. Just don't do what you wouldn't in your own country and avoid the little narrow streets that Genoa is filled with.

So... How Safe Is Genoa Really?

Genoa is mostly very safe and you have absolutely no reason to worry about your well-being while here.

Genoa has some more dangerous areas and some safer, but the city center is a story for itself.

The city center, gorgeous during the day and filled with people walking around, isn’t the best option for roaming during the night alone (actually it’s better going out there with a group).

This is because it’s very easy to find shady groups of people there, especially around the typical narrow streets of Genoa (called “vicoli” there).

The so-called “dangerous” parts of Genoa (but only at night and if you are alone) are as follows: part of the historical Centre (Via Prè, Via San Luca, Via Gramsci, Piazza Caricamento, Via Della Maddalena and Via del Campo ), Cornigliano, Sampierdarena, Certosa, Begato.

Pickpocketing is the most prominent form of crime that represents a threat for tourists, especially since pickpockets often work in teams or are in some sort of a deal with the street vendors.

A similar thing happens with beggars – they work in organizations and because of that begging is pretty common in larger cities of Italy, but tourists are unlikely to experience aggressive beggars.

How Does Genoa Compare?

CitySafety Index
Melbourne (Australia)80
Montreal (Canada)81
Sydney (Australia)80

Useful Information

  • Visas - Visa is not required for any stays shorter than 90 days, and members of the EU (Schengen) can stay in Italy for as long as they like. Be sure that your passport is valid for at least six months from your planned date of return to the country you're visiting. However, if you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local Italian embassy for further information.
  • Currency - Currency in Genoa is the euro, like in most popular European destinations. Sightseeing and visiting all the remarkable landmarks in Bologna can add up to a high budget. Take into account that you'll need about 70€ per day, including accommodation.
  • Weather - Genoa is located on the western Mediterranean, sheltered by the surrounding hills and mountains. The climate in Genoa is warm and temperate, characterized by winter months that are much rainier than the summer months in Genoa.
  • Airports - Genoa Airport is an international airport, located some 7.4 km west of Genoa, Italy. It is the most important airport of Liguria and it serves the city and Port of Genoa,
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Genoa, since it covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Genoa Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 6° C
Feb 7° C
Mar 9° C
Apr 12° C
May 16° C
Jun 19° C
Jul 22° C
Aug 22° C
Sep 19° C
Oct 15° C
Nov 10° C
Dec 7° C
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1 Review on Genoa

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    Samuel Lee says:

    Historic eateries

    You’d be surprised on how pleasant Genoa really is, tourists don’t flock here as much as other places in Italy and that’s why I love this place! I agree that it isn’t a tourist trap, its a city you have to explore and enjoy firsthand. As a foodie, I highly recommend you check the eateries around, they have a lot of history to share.

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