We could say that Liguria is the most beloved coast by people from Lombardy and from Piedmont thanks to its beautiful beaches, picturesque towns and good food. Genoa, its capital, has the largest medieval centre in Europe, thanks to its success, alongside Venice, Amalfi and Pisa, as a Maritime Republic, during the Middle Ages but, unlike the others, Genoa is still a working and thriving port.
Genoa is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and Nicolo’ Paganini and it is a city of architectural and cultural treasures. As Italy’s main and most powerful commercial seaport it has for centuries attracted people to its many narrow alleyways called carruggi, its Romanesque and Baroque churches, aristocratic castles, sculpted monuments and multitude of museums holding a wealth of art.
Enclosed by the hills and sea, Genoa is the perfect place for your business event.
Talking about hotels, I would suggest the Meliá Genova located in the heart of the city. With its elegantly designed 99 rooms, the building was designed by local architect Giuseppe Crosa di Vergagni in 1929 and it is classic and impressive on the outside, modern, luxurious and elegant on the inside. Furthermore, lobby and restaurant have two works by Silvio Wolf, the internationally famous artist from Milan. For your business event, the hotel provides meeting rooms to meet the needs of up to 180 people.
Another stylish option it’s the Grand Hotel Savoia, a 5-star jewel of hospitality in the centre of Genoa that, during the course of its glorious history, has welcomed members of the aristocracy and royal families of Italy and Europe, as well as political figures and other celebrities. Entering the Grand Hotel Savoia is like stepping back into the past on board a marvellous transatlantic liner sailing for distant shores. Meeting rooms provided with the most modern equipment, a restaurant serving sophisticated dishes, immaculate service and attention to detail everywhere in the facilities are the elements that distinguish this hotel.
For your gala dinner I would suggest Palazzo della Meridiana a surprisingly 16th century elegant building in which different architectures and styles co-exist, frescoes and pictorial decorations of great value, a delightful outdoor area and a central position in the most visited part of the old city of Genoa. It has undergone long and thorough conservative restoration work and now it has 16 rooms outfitted specifically for receptions, exhibitions, meetings and events.
Another amazing venue is the Aquarium of Genoa. Perfectly set in the ancient port of the city the Aquarium is one of the most important structures in the recent “repositioning” of Genoa as a city of art and point of reference quality entertainment, culture and science. Nevertheless, the unique, evocative atmosphere of its rooms have provided the ideal setting for conventions and gala dinners.
In Genoa team building activities has to be “sea-oriented”. For example, participants will embark on traditional, brightly coloured wooden fishing craft known as “Gozzi” and they will try their luck at fishing.
A “not-to-be-missed” team building activity is a regatta which, on leaving the old port of Genoa, will take teams on a sailing trip to admire the beautiful Gulf of Tigullio directly from the sea.
For your sightseeing, one of Italy’s most picturesque, enchanting and romantic places: Portofino.
Next time another seaside city…of the south coast.
Greetings from Genoa!