“La Lanterna”: the lighthouse of Genoa

The Lanterna, symbol of Genoa and most important lighthouse of the city, is a 77-metre-high tower, made of two blocks, square in section, roughly of the same height, and both with a projecting terrace.
Built on a rock of 40 metres of height, the top of the Lanterna stands therefore at 117 metres above the sea level. Its light is visible from more than 50 kilometres away.
The Lanterna has welcomed vessels and boats and guided them into the harbour for centuries. The Lanterna, as we see it today, was built in 1543; unofficial sources, however, date back to 1128 the building on this site of the first tower intended to assist navigators.

Today visitors can climb 172 steps, reach the first terrace (76 m above the sea level), and enjoy the breathtaking view of the port and the old city.

The whole area was restored by the Provincia di Genova between 1995 and 2004 and its other attractions, apart from the Lanterna, are the Museum and the Promenade.

The Promenade

The Promenade is a pedestrian route of about 800 metres. It begins at the Terminal Traghetti (the Ferry-Boat Terminal) and leads the visitor to the Fortifications, the Lanterna and the Museum. Overlooking the quays, the Promenade enjoys an interesting view of the port and its activities.

The Museum

The Museum, housed in the scenic setting of the Savoy fortifications (1830), is not only the obvious place where to exhibit lamps, lenses and other lighthouse-related objects. Its broader aim is to display and promote the preservation of material culture of Genoa and its territory. The Museum displays on 39 TV sets filmed sequences on Genoa and its port, and footage of interviews with people from every walk of life who can claim a contribution to the making of the present day Genoa. The aim is to provide insight into the history, art, traditions, and peoples of the city.

How to reach it:

Visiting the Lanterna area is the ideal thing to do if you are in Genoa waiting for a ferry to somewhere (Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, Tunisia…), and you’ve got a couple of spare hours; or if you’re just arriving here by ship, or you just want to enjoy an unusual, breathtaking view of the city, or - last but not least, of course - if you like lighthouses!

The Promenade to the Lanterna begins just at the Terminal Traghetti (Ferry-Boat Terminal), between the car parking of the shopping centre on the western side and the Columbus Sea Hotel. You’d better park your car here.
By bus: from the city centre, n.3 and n.30; from the Porto Antico, n.2 and n.5; from the western part of the city (Sampierdarena and beyond), n.1, 2, 7, 8, 18, and 20.
Get off at Dinegro bus stop, then walk to the Terminal Traghetti.
By metro: get off at Dinegro metro station, then walk to the Terminal Traghetti

Opening hours

The Promenade is open every day from 8 a.m. to sunset.
The Lanterna and the Museum are open during the weekends and on holidays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last admission: 6 p.m.). It is not possible (nor necessary) to book the visit.
If you want to visit the area at different times or days, please call (++39) 010 910001, and the visit may be arranged.

Admission

Adults: 6 €
Children between 7 and 14: 4 €
Children under 7: free

The ticket allows the visitor to visit both the Lanterna and the Museum. The access to the Promenade is free.

Source: www.liguri.org/lanterna

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