Why choose a cruise to Savona?
You’ll bag a three-for-one deal if you take a Savona cruise, with a trio of different cities to explore. Serene Savona, where you’ll dock, has a compact medieval centre where you’ll find the Sistine Chapel (not to be confused with its namesake in Vatican City).
The colourful, bustling city of Genoa is located an hour’s drive away along the coast. Its labyrinthine historic quarter, dotted with baroque palaces and impressive piazzas, is superbly atmospheric.
Turin is just over 90 minutes’ drive inland from Savona. It’s an elegant city of art-nouveau mansions, shaded boulevards and chic cafes, with the snow-capped peaks of the Alps visible on the horizon.
A guide to Savona for Genoa and Turin’s hotspots
Stroll through the historic quarter of Savona, down cobbled streets past narrow, colourful houses. Don’t miss out on a visit to the beautiful Sistine Chapel to marvel at the frescoes and marble carvings inside. The medieval tower, Torre Leon Pancaldo, is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks.
Step through ancient gates into the medieval part of Genoa. Marvel as you walk down the Strade Nuove, opulent streets built by the aristocracy, which are lined with gorgeous palaces known as the Palazzi dei Rolli. Visit the bronze fountain at the Piazza de Ferrari, a historic square.
In Turin, visit the lavish Piazza de Castello, where you’ll find the spacious Royal Palace of Turin and the lavish Palazzo Madama, a 1st-century BC palace supported with opulent columns.
We also recommend visiting Turin’s highest-rated attraction, The Museo Egizio. This museum houses 30,000 Egyptian artefacts, from ancient Sphinx statues to The Book of the Dead.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Savona
The best time to visit Savona for Genoa and Turin
The summer months of July and August are a great time to visit, because the skies are clear and the temperature averages a sunny 24-25°C. If you get too hot travel you can travel inland to Turin, where it’s a few degrees cooler, or take a dip in the ocean.
But why not a take a Savona for Genoa and Turin cruise over the Christmas holidays? The weather on the coast is around 9°C, so can enjoy Christmas festivities without getting too cold. Turin is slightly cooler, around 4°C, but it’s renowned for its Luci d’Artista – illuminated light displays created by local artists.
Did you know?
- Pesto was invented in Genoa, so make sure you try some!
- Savona was the birthplace of Christopher Columbus
- The Holy Shroud of Turin is kept in the Cathedral of St John the Baptist
- Turin is where the Fiat car was invented.