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Hostel in the Historic Centre of Genoa

Vico Parmigiani 1-3 16123 Genova (GE)

Italy (+39) 010.0981928 – mobile: (+39) 328.5868057 info@ostellingenova.it

The OStellin Genova Hostel is located in the heart of Genoa’s historical centre – the biggest in Europe: OStellin Hostel has masses of history right on the doorstep as it is just few seconds walk from Salita Santa Caterina and Via Garibaldi, part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

By train, from the Genova Brignole train station to our hostel: cross Piazza Verdi and take Via San Vincenzo on your right. Turn left into Via Ugo Foscolo and right into Via XX Settembre until you arrive in Piazza De Ferrari, the central square of Genoa. Cross the square and take Via XXV Aprile. At the corner between this street and Piazza Fontane Marose, turn right into Vico dei Parmigiani, where OStellin Genova Hostel is located.

By train, from the Genova Piazza Principe train station to our hostel: cross Piazza Acquaverde and take Via Balbi. Keep walking, passing Piazza della Nunziata and Via Bensa until you arrive in Piazza della Zecca. On your right, take Via Cairoli. Continue into Piazza della Meridiana and take Via Garibaldi. Turn right into Piazza Fontane Marose until you reach the corner where it meets Via XVV Aprile, here you will see a pedestrian crossing: cross the street and you will find Vico Parmigiani and Ostellin Hostel in front of you.

From the Genoa airport to our hostel: a shuttle bus (Volabus) connects Genova Cristoforo Colombo Airport to the city centre (stopping at Genoa’s train stations en route), every day from 5:20am to 11.30pm. A one-way ticket costs €6.00 and the ticket is also valid afterwards for 60 minutes on the city’s buses and metro. When you take this shuttle from the airport, get off at Piazza De Ferrari, one of the bus’ stops. From Piazza De Ferrari, the central square of Genoa, take Via XXV Aprile and – at the corner between this street and Piazza Fontane Marose – turn right into Vico dei Parmigiani. Here you will find OStellin Hostel!

By Car to our hostel: on the A10/A7 highway, exit at Genova Ovest or Genova Est. OStellin Hostel is located in a pedestrian area. We suggest you park your car outside this area (look for free and non-resident car parks if you can), and follow one of the above directions, depending on where you are.

This means you will be able to experience the very best of Genoa from OStellin Genova Hostel, by exploring and enjoying the historical center within an easy walking distance to all of Genoa’s main attractions: Via Garibaldi and its museums, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Palazzo Ducale, the second biggest Aquarium in Europe, the old port renovated by Renzo Piano. But mostly, the amazing heart of the old medieval city, made up of tiny streets and alleys (called “caruggi”), hidden cloisters, small churches, charming squares, wonderful UNESCO Heritage Sites such as I Palazzi dei Rolli, and much more. At the OStellin Genova Hostel you’re never more than a 5 minutes walking from all the main transportation links. A shuttle leaves from Piazza de Ferrari (a 2 minutes walk from the hostel), and goes directly to the Genoa airport – it couldn’t be easier! There is a bus stop just across the street, and within 10 minutes it provides connections with both of Genoa’s main railway stations: Genova Brignole and Genova Piazza Principe. Within a few minutes’ walk, there also are a number of public elevators and funicular railways connecting the historic centre with the neighborhoods on the surrounding panoramic hills. The station of the “Ascensore di Castelletto” elevator and the “Funicolare del Righi” funicular both offer astonishing viewpoints where you can experience the city, as well as the port, from above.

The historic building where the OStellin Genova Hostel is housed

OStellin Genova Hostel is housed in a national heritage palace, property of the Fondazione Opere Pie Riunite di Genova and former headquarter of the Ligurian branch of the Italian Alpine Club (CAI ULE). The building can be found in the medieval centre of the city, and the alley where it is situated was probably the original location of a commercial loggia owned by merchants from Parma, hence its name: Vico dei Parmigiani.

OStellin Genova Hostel is located at the piano nobile of a wonderful and characteristic building. Its ceilings include frescos and the apartment is complete with typical Genoese marble floors as well as an original fireplace in the kitchen and large windows: all characteristic features which the guests of the hostel will also recognize in many of the historical palaces of Genoa: impressive landmarks from the city’s glorious past such as Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco, Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Spinola di Pellicceria.

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