10 REASONS TO MAKE GENOA YOUR HOME PORT
Genoa is the ideal homeport for superyachts of all sizes who seek a well-equipped yachting hub able to offer all the necessary specialized services that an Owner, Captain, visitor, crew member or yachting professional could desire.
Here are the top 10 reasons why superyachts choose Genoa as their home port!
1. A LIVING CITY ALL YEAR ROUND
Unlike other yachting hubs around the world that are lively only during summer, Genoa is a metropolis that lives all year round!
It’s an appreciated destination during summer thanks to its trendy spots like Portofino, the Cinque Terre and Portovenere. On the other hand, during winter it’s still delightful and it’s not far away from the Alpes, where you can go both to enjoy the mountainous landscapes and have a wonderful skiing experience.
2. A TURNKEY HUB WITH ALL THE SERVICES THAT A YACHT NEEDS
Genoa represents maritime tradition and expertise. The city’s flourishing port has to offer a vast range of technical and specialized workers, forming a network of specialised yachting professionals always ready to meet the demands and changes that our ever-changing sector presents.
Yacht Agents – Pesto Sea Group is one of the biggest yacht agents in Italy, qualified to provide services for superyachts and crews.
Ship Chandler Services and supplies – Molo Vecchio Marine Supply is the specialist company when it comes to superyacht equipment, yacht and shipyard supplies and services.
3. BEAUTIFUL CRUISING SPOTS
Genoa is located at the very heart of the Mediterranean, with its’ privileged position offering a wide range of reachable destinations such as the principal European capitals (Milan, Rome, Monte Carlo), as well as all of the towns and locations in the area’s natural conformation. You can easily be sipping an espresso in Portofino’s harbour first thing in the morning and then be skiing along a snowy slope just a few hours later.
You can also reach Tuscany and France very easily, but also have a wine-tasting experience nearby in Piedmont thanks to the Genoa’s advantageous key location!
Most importantly, the diversity of the cruising is like no other – there are so many beautiful bays to stop off in for a swim, so many different coast sceneries and picturesque towns to discover!
4. TOP MARINAS
Not all ports are suitable for yachts, likewise not all marinas can cater to superyachts.
In Genoa, there are not one, but two marinas appropriate for the superyacht lifestyle: Marina Molo Vecchio in the City Centre and the brand new Waterfront Marina facing the Portofino Promontory.
The marinas are supported by a network of services and professionals that will make your stay so much more enjoyable!
Boasting on average over 1,000 superyacht visits a year, for a total of 46,600 days with around 6,000 crew members arriving every year, Genoa provides all the services and supplies that a 30m plus Superyacht may ask for.
5. NEARBY SHIPYARD
For winter refits, long term conversions and extensions – but also for any last-minute summer yacht charter vessels needing pre or post charter assistance – Genoa is a great location to plan your refit works, make sure the crew has everything they need to get their work done and also have a good time!
Amico & Co is one of the few refit and repair centres operating worldwide catering for super and mega yachts – a true full service shipyard, offering all the facilities and capabilities necessary for every sort of superyacht and megayacht.
One of the top Marinas, together with Marina Molo Vecchio, is Waterfront Marina. This brand-new environment is a large yacht hospitality facility suitable for vessels over 30m LOA, with 26 berths from 20 to 110 meters in length, obviously located in the heart of Genoa. But Waterfront Marina has a particular ace up its sleeve – the chance to offer crew members a whole dedicated facility area that allows crews to have a great time. This area – affectionately nicknamed “Crewopoli” – has a fully equipped gym, a yoga studio and several sports courts – for padel, for volleyball/basketball and for 5-a-side football or tennis.
The area also has fully equipped crew kitchens, lounge area, laundry and a mega-external barbecue zone – where you can braai your heart out!
7. INTERNATIONAL AND PRIVATE AIRPORT
One thing you probably don’t know is that Genoa hosts a private aviation lounge and has all the facilities to cater private jets, making Genoa an extraordinary charter pick up place! It’s a boutique, private location, especially appreciated by VIPs looking for a less showy arrival location. With the connections built in the last three years, it’s just a 12-to-15-minute limo transfer to the two city centre marinas.
The international airport also has direct flights to major European cities, including daily connections to London and Amsterdam, which easily allow you to consider Genoa as an easy home port to fly in and out of!
8. ITALIAN DOLCE VITA
As previously said, Genoa is a great key location that enables you to reach many destinations and places that can enrich your stay with lovely and charming experiences.
You can enjoy a cocktail in Portofino, or go hiking or promenade around the Cinque Terre while breathing the soft Mediterranean salty air! Alternatively, you can take a scooter ride along the Riviera of Levante where you will be able to enjoy the beautiful sea landscapes of enchanting towns such as Camogli and Santa Margherita Ligure.
The Italian “Dolce Vita” also involves waking up and going to have a dip in the turquoise waters of the Ligurian sea, such as the beautiful bay of San Fruttuoso. The Ligurian coast is characterized by cliffs, sandy beaches and stony beaches, allowing everyone to satisfy personal preferences.
You must also take into consideration that Liguria is the Italian region with the highest overall number of coveted blue flags, awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education to European coastal resorts which meet quality criteria related to bathing water parameters. The water is delightful.
Italian culture is all about enjoying the simple things in life – sunsets, aperitivos, crystal clear waters and so on, and Genoa is the perfect place to enjoy these sorts of things!
9. A CITY FULL OF HISTORY AND CULTURE TO EXPLORE
Genoa is a meeting place of extraordinary art and culture – you just need to think of its Rolli palaces and the historical centre that are both UNESCO world heritage sites.
Genoa also represents beauty and tradition: enjoyable wanderings amongst the historical shops and elegant parks surrounding Renaissance villas or city quarters overlooking the sea where time seems to have stood still. Genoa is really a place where you should immerse yourself in the history and Italian culture. Grab a local city centre guide to make the most of your discoveries.
As soon as you arrive, Italians just have this habit of making you feel like part of the family. It’s their warm touch that makes a huge difference when arriving at a new port!
Everyone welcomes you with a big smile and is happy to lend you a hand when necessity.
Summing up, people in Genoa enjoy life and find it a pleasure to be cordial, helpful and friendly!
Welcome to Genoa, the perfect home port for your yacht.