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Spianata Castelletto

Get a different perspective of Genoa from this famous spot where you can enjoy stunning views across the city with the beautiful harbor as a backdrop.

The Spianata Castelletto is a viewpoint over the historic center with fantastic 360 degree views. Use the historic art nouveau lift to reach the “balcony” from where you can try to identify landmarks in the picturesque Old Town of Genoa.

Castelletto is the name of the area where this famous hilltop is located. The actual panoramic view is called Belvedere Luigi Montaldo (belvedere means beautiful view). The fortress of Castelletto used to stand in the same spot where  the Spianata Castelletto is today. In the year 1849 the fortress was destroyed, as it was considered a threat to the city below in the event of enemy occupation. Discover a privileged sight of Genoa, admire its medieval towers and the traditional slate rooftops of the houses. Take photos of the sea and ships sailing across the port. See the city’s parks, villas and forts.

Reach the spianata using the  Ascensore di Castelletto, a beautifully preserved art nouveau elevator. You’ll need a ticket to use the elevator and you can find its entrance in the Piazza del Portello area. You can also reach Spianata Castelletto by bus or taxi, via the scenic Circonvallazione a Monte, which is a mountain pass. If you are feeling energetic, walk up the hill and discover some picturesque streets like Via Garibaldi. Be aware that most of the streets are steep and narrow.

While you are visiting the Spianata Castelletto, be sure to check out the neighborhood. Castelletto is a residential quarter of Genoa where you can enjoy a nice walk and taste some delicious gelato. The magnificent views, the elevator and the area itself have become a landmark of the city of Genoa. The Elevator is a famous poem by the Italian poet Giorgio Caproni and is dedicated to this beloved site: “When I decide to go to paradise, I will go there in the elevator, at night, of Castelletto.”

Visit the Spianata Castelletto and discover some magnificent views of the beautiful Italian city.


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