Boccadasse is a perfectly preserved fishing village within a large city.
A temporal island in Genoa , a place frozen two centuries ago, still with its boats on the beach, the low and colorful houses, the sounds and the smells of the sea in every alley.
According to a popular tradition, the village was founded around the year 1000 by a group of Spanish fishermen who, due to a violent storm on the sea, found refuge in this small rocky inlet.
Most likely, however, its origin is much simpler.
Boccadasse actually started out as a small group of crooked houses around the only natural inlet in the area. Here lived and worked fishermen, sailors and small traders.
This magical place is very dear to the Genoese. In fact, even if the building expansion of the surroundings has profoundly changed the appearance of this area, Boccadasse has remained intact.
Even when the first project of Corso Italia provided for the road to continue on the sea, effectively canceling the village, the citizens of Genoa opposed it with a firm hand.
Today Boccadasse represents one of the most popular attractions and places in Genoa.
What to see in Boccadasse
Boccadasse is set between the promenade of corso Italia, via Cavallotti and Capo Santa Chiara. The village has managed to preserve the appearance and spirit of an ancient fishing village.
For centuries it has always been the same messy conglomeration of colorful houses around its small beach. The same scenario that could have been admired identical a couple of centuries ago.
Church of Sant'Antonio da Padova
In fondo a Corso Italia, a dominare Boccadasse dal lato di ponente, potete ammirare la chiesa di Sant’Antonio da Padova.
Tra gli abitanti della zona è conosciuta come “chiesa della gente di mare”.
Questo edificio è l’unico a Genova ad essere dedicato al santo. In origine era una semplice cappella per i pescatori. Nei secoli fu trasformata in un piccolo santuario ed ampliata.
All’interno potrete ammirare delle belle opere d’arte.
Piazza Nettuno is the real heart of the village, enclosed on three sides by pastel-colored houses and animated in every season by clubs and restaurants
It overlooks the small pebble beach where, at any time of the year, you can find bathers and lovers enjoying this corner of paradise.
Going up via the cape of Santa Chiara, you pass from sea level to the top of the village dominated by Turke castle.
This medieval building in Art Nouveau style dates back to the early twentieth century. From here the view finally opens towards the east, and you can admire the view up to the promontory of Portofino .
Continuing towards the east, after a couple of steep stairways, you will arrive at the inlet of Vernazzola which is perched on the same head but on the opposite side from Boccadasse.
Vernazzola as well as being a seaside village, in the past it was above all an important commercial port. Here too the village preserves the ancient houses, the alleys and the atmosphere of the past intact.
The Genoese consider it the less touristy alternative to Boccadasse. For this reason it is very popular.
Boccadasse beach is one of the most photographed places in Genoa.
This beach is more like a fairly small strip of land, with a gravel and pebble bottom that plunges into the transparent water.
If you are visiting Genoa in sweet company, we recommend that you take a romantic walk on this beach. It is no coincidence that this village is known as the “Borgo of lovers”.
Curiosities about Boccadasse
The Genoese singer-songwriter Gino Paoli came to live here in Boccadasse, in an attic in via al capo di Santa Chiara 49a with his wife Anna and with Ciàcola, a cat who made complex and articulate meows and seemed to speak.
At the time Paoli was not yet a famous singer and worked as an advertising graphic designer. His anarchist character led him to ask to work from home.
It was a forerunner of modern Smartworking!
The panorama of the Boccadasse sea outside the window was better than any office.
In 1960 Ciàcola became the protagonist of Gino Paoli’s first great artistic success.
Once upon a time there was a cat, which had a black spot on its face, and an old attic by the sea with a window one step away from the blue sky …
Where sleeping in Boccadasse
Boccadasse is a very small village. If you want to stay right here it is difficult to go wrong, because all the accommodation facilities are located in the village or in the immediate vicinity.
The facilities are not many and if you are planning your stay in a popular period you should book in advance.
However, if you do not find anything available in the high season, you can always opt for a hotel or an apartment in the center of Genoa.
Reaching Boccadasse from the center is truly a snap.
How to get to Boccadasse
Boccadasse was once an isolated village and easier to reach by sea than by land
Today it is located at the end of the Corso Italia promenade, the promenade par excellence of the Genoese, which was built in the early twentieth century to connect the Foce district to the Albaro district.
Depending on your means of transport, here is the way to Boccadasse:
On foot: if you are already in the center of Genoa you can reach Boccadasse on foot along Corso Italia with a pleasant walk.
By car: to arrive by car you have to exit at the genoa west motorway tollbooth, proceed to the fair, in the Foce district, and proceed on corso Italia to the end.
Bus: to reach the village by bus you have to take the number 31 which leaves from the Genova Brignole railway station.
ACCOMMODATION IN BOCCADASSE
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