An Inside Guide to Porto Antico in Genoa Italy - Lucy Williams Global

Genoa is in Italy and in Italian is called, Genova. It is the in the region of Liguria which is in the north-west of Italy.

Genoa is a long narrow city along the coast, hence Genoa was known for its maritime ties for centuries. The great explorer Christopher Columbus was even born in Genoa and you can still visit the remains of his house.

It is the sixth largest city in Italy, but is not full of tourists! This is why I love Genoa!

It is not Rome, Venice or Florence which is great as it is not packed with tourists 365 days a year. In August Genoa is deserted as most of the locals leave for their annual vacation.

There are not millions of selfie sticks flying all over the place of people trying to take just, another selfie in front of a historical site. Really, how many do you need!


Back to Genoa! Now I would love to sum up Genoa in one blog post, but that is not possible unless you have time to read thousands of words. So, I am going to break it up into sections and this will be the first blog.

Today I am going to tell you all about the area of Porto Antico and Principe as this is where I spend a lot of my time when I’m in Genoa.

Porto Antico

Porto Antico literally translates into the old port or the ancient port. As it was originally the old harbour and is an ancient part of Genoa. Now it is a vibrant modern marina with an aquarium, museums, a cinema, bars, restaurants, children’s play area, modern sculptures and old port equipment on display.

It is a nice area to walk along the water and if you are driving there are two carparks one by the aquarium and one by the cinema. It is a safe area with police always around and lots of things for kids to do and be entertained.

Restaurants

In Porto Antico, I recommend the restaurants Eataly and I Tre Merli. Eataly is an easy non-formal restaurant where you order your food at the counter and they bring it to you, it is inexpensive and really good food they serve vegetarian, pasta, pizza, fish and meat. Also, you can just go for a coffee and you can buy all Italian produce there as it is upmarket supermarket too.

I Tre Merli serves typical Genovese food, at good prices and in the warmer months the view outside is fantastic. They serve traditional dishes such as Pesto with Pasta, Focaccia col Formaggio (very thin cheese pie, like a pizza), Farinata (chick-pea flour polenta made into a flat bread) and seafood.

Genova is the city pesto came from so you will find it on every menu made in all sorts of ways, also there is a lot of fish especially anchovies as Genoa is by the sea. Not many cows here!

Best Museums

Galata Museo del Mare

The maritime museum – Galata Museo del Mare is a fantastic museum about the history Genoa and the sea. There are life-size models of boats from years ago, go back in time to when a lot of Italians emigrated by sea to America. There is a section on submarines and so much more. Also, the view from the top of the museum is worth a visit looking out to the city. Then you can visit a real submarine just outside of the museum.

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Palazzo Reale

Palazzo Reale is behind Porto Antico in Via Balbi and is one of the palace’s that was built in 1643. The building is a large aristocratic residence, which the Balbis family lived in and built.

The Durazzo family lived there at the end of the 17th and beginning of the 18th Century and they enlarged the building. The Savoy dynasty lived there the 19th Century.

It is beautiful inside with very old pieces of art and how the other half lived back then and the courtyard is unique. From the road, it looks nothing until you get inside!

Villa del Principe – Palazzo di Andrea Doria

Villa del Principe is in Piazza del Principe and it was the richest and most noble household of the city of Genoa. It was the home of the only Prince Genoa ever had in 1529. The rooms are ancient and have painted walls and ceilings and tapestry everywhere and the grounds are stunning.

Essential Info

  • Weather in the summer: 22*C – 35*C
  • Language: Italian, English is spoken in some places (tourist attractions, restaurants, shops)
  • In the summer use lots of insect repellant and sunscreen

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Next time, I will tell you more about this amazing city leading into the medieval city centre.

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Have you been to Genoa? What would you recommend doing?

Happy Travels

Love Lucy x

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The Lake Como in Italy Weekend Guide - Lucy Williams Global

Lake Como is in the region of Lombardy in the north of Italy. It is the perfect place to visit for a long weekend especially in the summer months.

It is such a relaxing place with the beauty of the lake and the mountains on either side. The houses are scattered around the lake and all painted different colours that compliment each other perfectly with terracotta tiled roofs.

It is visually pleasing and looks fantastic on Instagram!

I have been to Lake Como many times since I met my husband. He grew up in the area whilst he was a teenager, so we spend a lot of time there throughout the year.

In the winter it’s nice as long as it’s not raining. I know I’m British, but I do not like rain!

How to Get Around

Lake Como is beautiful, but you do need transport, as it is spread out. While you are there you will want to sit by the lake, eat some pasta and drink an Aperol Spritz.

Just as a warning, parking is a nightmare in Como when you leave the city centre. So you can hire a car, but a scooter is better, as there is always somewhere to park.

Or use public transport, there are buses or you can use the ferry boats that go up and down the lake. Taxis are available, but you can not rely on them at night as sometimes they stop working before 10.00 pm.

Where to Eat

Whilst I’m in Como I love to eat and drink as there are so many amazing bars and restaurants. One of my favourite restaurants, that I recommend if you love seafood, is Le Soste al Mare (Via Armando Diaz, 59/63 Como), it is in the centre of Como.

The decor of the restaurant is beautifully designed and the food is delicious. We had oysters, lobster and gelato while we were there and all the plates were cleared.

What to See

Apart from visiting the lake, the city centre of Como is easy to walk around and has lots of shops, bars, restaurants, museums and a large cathedral.

Lake Como is not Rome, Venice or Florence, but it is the perfect place to just switch off and unwind and watch the beautiful scenery.

ESSENTIAL INFO

  • Weather in Summer: 25*C – 38*C
  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Italian and English is spoken in some places (tourist attractions, restaurants, shops)

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Love Lucy x

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10 Tips On How To Pack Just Hand Luggage for a Cruise (1)

Can you really pack just hand luggage for a cruise? For some of you, you have just read the title of this article and thought there is no way you can just pack hand luggage for a 10-day cruise! Well, yes you can!

How? A capsule wardrobe, clever packing and leave a few things at home!

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Here are 10 tips on how to pack for a cruise with just hand luggage:

Tip One

First, you need to check the size of your hand luggage as there are different sizes and if you are flying to your destination check the dimensions your airline allows as of course, they differ! Second check maximum weight as some airlines allow 23kg for hand luggage, while others only allow 7kg! I use this suitcase for my hand luggage: Eastpak Unisex Adult Transfer S Bag.


Tip Two

Do not bring bulky clothes, if you want to bring a big puffy skirt, that is all you are going to take! Bring lightweight clothes and if you are going to a cooler climate pack some thin layers.

Tip Three

Are you going to the formal nights? Check how many formal nights there will be on your cruise, usually on a 7 to 10-day cruise there are two formal nights. These days you do not need to wear a full-length ball gown. A nice cocktail dress is fine and there are lots of lovely dresses that are lightweight and pack nicely.

Tip Four

Use Packing Cubes, these are a game changer and I love them. They have changed the way I pack for years now and I always use them from a weekend away to a four-month trip. They keep you organised and they save so much space in your luggage. I use these ones: eBags Packing Cubes – 3pc Set.

Also, vacuum packing bags are good if you have a bulky item of clothing, like a jacket, but best to stay away from bulky clothing and if you have a bulky jacket, wear it!


Tip Five

Roll all your small clothing, like tees, shorts, dresses and nightwear and fold the larger items and put under the packing cubes.

Tip Six

Take fewer toiletries as you can only use that lovely little clear plastic bag that holds 100 ml products and we all know that little bag does not hold much! Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion and soap are usually in the bathroom of your cabin, so leave those items at home and bring your other essential items makeup, deodorant, perfume, etc.


Tip Seven

Transfer your own toiletries into small bottles, jars and only take the amount that you are really going to use. I use these travels bottles: 9 Pieces Travel Bottle Set Air Travel Bottles I love the jars and it saves so much more space!


Tip Eight

Leave the hairdryer at home there is one onboard in the cabin or if you must bring one bring a tiny travel sized one.

10 Tips On How To Pack Just Hand Luggage for a Cruise - Lucy Williams Global

Tip Nine

Try to pack this amount of clothes:  7 casual tops, 7 smart tops, 2 casual shorts/skirts/trousers, 2 smart skirts/trousers, 2 formal dresses, nightwear, underwear and 2 pairs of shoes (not including the pair you wear to embark the ship). There are washing machines onboard to use or use the laundry service.

Tip Ten

Bring shoes that can be mixed and matched with all your clothes. I always bring nude coloured shoes as they go if everything and they make your legs look longer! Wear a pair of shoes, e.g. sports shoes on the day you embark.

 

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I hope these tips help you on your next cruise vacation. If you have any top tips to share, please do in the comment box below, I would love to hear them.

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Love Lucy x

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Home in Sunny Selsey (1)

As you know if you are following my blog, I am not onboard a cruise ship at the moment. I have been home in sunny Selsey! I am loving having my feet on the ground and enjoying life on land.

So, what have I been doing?

I have been in the UK in my home town seeing my friends and family, drinking lots of tea and eating all my favourite foods that I missed while away.

I grew up in a small town called Selsey in the county of West Sussex which is in the South of England and most people have never heard of it!

Selsey is not a place that you would end up in by mistake, as there is one road that takes you in and out.

It has been lovely coming back after 129 days away,  going from country to country and coming home to a decent cup of tea!

Then I flew into Heathrow airport it was grey! Of course! But then by the afternoon and the rest of week, it was warm and sunny and when it is like that I think Selsey is the best place in the world.

Unfortunately, Selsey is in England so that is not the case all year round. The Selsey climate is great when the weather is good and compared to other parts of the country.

I have enjoyed many hot summers over the years and I remember when I first brought my Italian husband to Selsey and he didn’t put any sunscreen on ‘as its England’ of course he looked like lobster later that day!

Selsey is surrounded by the beach mainly shingle (pebbles) and some sand. So, it’s beautiful to walk around.

The main focal point was the RNLI Lifeboat Station, but unfortunately, they are taking it down due to a new size lifeboat. Such a shame as it really was a Selsey landmark.

If you have heard of Selsey it might be because you have stayed at the large caravan park. It is right on the beach on the west side of Selsey.

Selsey is a beautiful picturesque small seaside town that is perfect if you like a quiet town to vacation in and if you are not from the UK, I’m sure you would love Selsey.

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Love Lucy x

Home in Sunny Selsey

 

 

 

 

Debra Santangelo has kindly written a guest blog post for me, about her fascinating life. I hope you enjoy reading!

Santangelo's Sicily (1)

Every time I get off the plane at Catania airport on the spectacular island of Sicily I feel overwhelmed by a mixture of emotions. You see, the first time I ever set foot on the island I was only 18 and I was completely spellbound by the intoxicating combination of sunshine, tradition and legend that accompanies the Italian island. I fell completely under the spell of the old-fashioned villages with their winding streets and the constant presence of Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano, which was an ever-present companion throughout our days.

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Little did I know that this exciting trip would change my life forever.

I had so many adventures during that first Summer. I rode on the back of a Vespa through the cobbled labyrinth of alleys and slept on the beach under the stars. I went to Italian parties out in the countryside and sat in the park most afternoons reading Italian novels to practise the language……..and that’s where I met the fiery Sicilian who was to become my husband.

I fell head over heels in love and over the next few years, we travelled all over Italy. Throughout this time I worked in a campsite on Lake Garda and taught English in Milan. It was a crazy time and when we decided to start settling down we moved back to England where I completed my degree in Travel Management.

Of course, Sicily was always in the back of my mind and I knew that my Italian adventure wasn’t yet over. After university, we decided to move back to the island and that’s when I found out that I was pregnant with my eldest daughter. I was over the moon but all of a sudden the whirlwind adventure ended and I found myself completely isolated in a small Sicilian village, away from my friends and family, sitting at home all day waiting for my husband to return home from work.

 

After months of living like this, the vibrant, ambitious young girl disappeared to be replaced with an insecure housewife, completely dependent on her husband even to go out for a coffee or a walk around the park. At that time it was unheard of for women to go out alone there unless they were headed straight to the school or to the bread shop!

Then one day I decided that enough was enough and I summoned enough energy to turn my life around. We moved back to the UK and I made the conscious decision to become that independent, passionate girl once again.

I started my coaching business because I wanted to help other women who are in the position that I was. I wanted to show women that no matter how ‘stuck’ or frustrated they may feel, there is always another way. I now continue to share this message with my community because, to me, there is nothing more exciting than seeing an independent woman with a purpose and a strong voice to share with the world.

Now, my life couldn’t be different. I regularly visit Sicily with my husband and my two daughters and we spend a wonderful couple of weeks sightseeing and spending time with our Italian family. Earlier this month we travelled there for my niece’s First Communion and I still become enchanted by the wonderful traditions and the breathtaking scenery. As we wander through our olive groves in the rugged countryside I still feel like I’ve stepped into a scene from The Godfather and that Michael Corleone will appear over the hill any time now in his search for Apollonia!

 

Nothing is more important to me than my freedom and the freedom of my family and it’s now my passion in life to help as many women as possible create a business that aligns them with their true identity and gives them financial independence.

The world has so much to offer and I’m going to enjoy it to the full………..but it will be on my terms!

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Debra Santangelo is an International Business and Success Coach and teaches women entrepreneurs how to create a freedom-based business that allows them to design a life they truly love. 

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For more information about Debra’s coaching go to www.debrasantangelo.com

 

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