Bookstores -- Genoa’s best source for English-language books and other media is Feltrinelli, Via Ceccardi 16, near Piazza De Ferrari, just off of Via XX Settembre (; (tel) 010-573-331).

Crime -- Genoa is a relatively safe city, but some of the very small alleyways of the Old Town near the port can be sketchy at night, and even during the day they can sometimes make you feel unsafe. Wait for other people, preferably locals, before entering little-trafficked alleyways and avoid any streets that make you feel uneasy. In an emergency, call (tel) 113; this is a free call. There is a police station on the cusp of the Old Town and the port at Via Balbi 38/B ((tel) 010-254-871).

Drugstores -- Pharmacies keep extended hours on a rotating basis; dial (tel) 192 to learn which ones are open late in a particular week. Usually open overnight are Pescetto, Via Balbi 185r ((tel) 010-246-2697), across from Stazione Principe; and Europa, Corso Europa 676 ((tel) 010-397-615).

Emergencies -- The general emergency number is (tel) 113; for an ambulance, dial (tel) 118. Both are free calls.

Holidays -- Genoa’s patron saint, San Giovanni Battista (Saint John the Baptist), is the same as Turin’s and is honored on June 24.

Hospitals -- The Ospedale San Martino, Largo Rosanna Benzi 10 ((tel) 010-5551), offers a variety of medical services.

Laundry -- There is a self-service laundromat, Lavanderia Self-Service, at Via Gramsci 181R ((tel) 340-235-1492; Mon–Sat 9am–6pm).

Luggage Storage -- The luggage storage office in Stazione Principe is along track 11 and is open daily 7am to 11pm; the fee is 4€ per piece of baggage for the first 5 hours. It is an additional .60€ per hour for the next 7 hours and then an additional .20€ per hour after that. In Stazione Brignole the storage office is on the ground floor (same hours and rates as Principe), but was closed at press time while the station is under construction.

Post Office -- Genoa’s main post office is at Piazza Dante 4 ((tel) 010-591-762). This office is open Monday through Saturday 8:10am to 7:40pm, while the other offices around town—including those at the two train stations and the airport—have shorter hours.

Telephone -- The area code for Genoa is (tel) 010.

Travel Services -- CTS, Via Colombo 21R ((tel) 010-564-366), specializes in budget travel. It’s open Monday to Friday 9:30am to 6:30pm.


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.