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The Old Town, some parts of which are sketchy in broad daylight, is especially unseemly at night. Confine late-hour prowls in this area to the well-trafficked streets such as Via San Lorenzo and Via Garibaldi. On the edges of the Old Town, good places to walk at night are around the waterfront, Piazza Fontane Marose, Piazza de Ferrari, and Piazza delle Erbe, where many bars and clubs are located.

Performing Arts -- Genoa has two major venues for culture: the restored Teatro Carlo Felice, Piazza de Ferrari (www.carlofelice.it; (tel) 010-589-329), which is home to Genoa’s opera company, and the modern Teatro Stabile di Genova (www.teatrostabilegenova.it; (tel) 010-53-421), on Piazza Borgo Pila near Stazione Brignole, which hosts concerts, dance, and other cultural programs.

 

Bars & Clubs -- New Yorkers will recognize the name and chic ambience in I Tre Merli Antica Cantina, at Vico Dietro il Coro della Maddalena 26r (www.itremerli.it; (tel) 010-247-4095), which does a brisk business in Manhattan with four restaurants. Here in Genoa, I Tre Merli operates a couple of enoteche (wine bars), and this one, located on a narrow street just off Via Garibaldi, is delightful, even if the surrounding alleyways are sometimes seedy. It’s open Tuesday to Sunday 7pm to 1am. I Tre Merli also has an enoteca and “affittacamere” (rooms for rent) in Camogli.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.