Local Information

¤ Weather Forecasts for the week of Monday, 21 June 2010

The week leading to 20 June will be cold and rainy, as well as Sunday 20 June, with temperatures around 18C. It should then be mainly sunny for the rest of the week. Temperature is expected to rise slowly, possibly reaching 23C by Saturday.

¤ Local Transportation

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Travelling from the airport to a hotel

The line Volabus is the fast bus between the airport "C. Colombo" and the centre. The ticket costs 6€ and one can ride on any bus with it for another hour.
From the airport, Volabus reaches Stazione Piazza Principe (often erroneously called Porta Principe), the very central Piazza De Ferrari, and Stazione Brignole.

» Get off at the stop in Piazza De Ferrari to walk to Hotel Metropoli, or to take bus 15 in via Dante all the way to the terminus stop in Nervi for hotels in that area, or to take bus 42 to Boccadasse (ask the driver for the stop) for the hotels in Albaro.

» Get off at the stop at Stazione Brignole for Hotel Verdi and Hotel Astoria (climb along Via de Amicis to Piazza Brignole: it is not the square in front of the train station).


How to reach DIMA-DISI

(a) from the centre, Piazza De Ferrari

Take bus 44 from Via Dante. After some 15 minutes, the route climbs a hill and the bus rides a bus lane in the middle of the road. You can see railroad tracks on the left. When the tracks disappear, the bus leaves the bus lane, and stops on a road on the right which climbs more steaply (Via San Martino). Get off at the next stop (the second stop on Via San Martino).
Walk back some 30 metres, and turn left up along Via Papigliano, to reach Via Padre Semeria, a small lane enclosed by high walls. You see a small gate in front of you: go through it and walk the metal bridge. When you are to take the steps down, you see the main entrance to DISI and DIMA, the Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics.

Take bus 15 from Piazza Dante. After some 15 minutes, the route climbs a hill with sharp bends. After reaching the top of the hill (Via Albaro), you will see a park on the right, and the bus will get into a large square (Piazza Leonardo). The stop after the square is Via Boselli.
You may see signs for DIMA-DISI: at the traffic light after the bus stop, take Via Guerrazzi on the left, going upward, turn left in Via Pisa, then right on Via Flora which continues into Via Dodecaneso. At the very end of that road, there is the entrance to the University Grounds. Enter the grounds: DIMA-DISI is the last department along the road.

(b) from the railway station Brignole

Take bus 17 or 17/ in Piazza G. Verdi (direction San Martino, eastward).
Get off the bus at the first stop on Corso Europa, near "Ospedale San Martino". The bus stop is the first after theend of Corso Gastaldi. It is easy to tell when you are on Corso Gastaldi: it is a large double-lane road which climbs up, leaving railroad tracks on its left. It ends just after the tracks disappear. At that point you may ring the bell to request the bus stops. On the right you may notice the following big signs in succession: "COOP" in red, "OPEL" in yellow, "Blockbuster" in blue - just in front of the bus stop. Walk back along the road for some 50 meters, then take on your left the steps of Salita Papigliano. Cross the first road you meet (Via San Martino). Climb up along Via Papigliano, to reach Via Padre Semeria, a small lane enclosed by high walls. You see a small gate in front of you: go through it and walk the metal bridge. When you are to take the steps down, you see the main entrance to DISI and DIMA, the Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics.

(c) from Nervi

Take bus 15 from the terminus stop next to the Post Office in Via Franchini, after the crossroad at the top of Viale delle Palme. The ride along the seaside takes some 15-20 minutes, then the bus route moves away from the sea and starts climbing. At the bus stop at the top of the hill, you'll see a very ugly, concrete grey building on the left. Then the bus rides a narrow two-way road (Via Pisa), then on to a wide four lane street (Via Boselli). Get off the bus at the stop in Via Boselli (in front of a modern church).
You may see signs for DIMA-DISI: at the traffic light after the bus stop, take Via Guerrazzi on the right, going upward, turn left in Via Pisa, then right on Via Flora which continues into Via Dodecaneso. At the very end of that road, there is the entrance to the University Grounds. Enter the grounds: DIMA and DISI are the last departments along the road.

(d) from the railway station Genova Piazza Principe

Take a train to Genova Brignole (a bus ticket allows to ride trains within the town) and then take a bus (see instructions above). By train, it takes about 10 minutes to go from Principe to Brignole.

Bus tickets

Tickets can be bought at a bus company kiosk (there is one in piazza Verdi, in front of station Brignole), at any newsagent's or at any tobacconist's (it shows "a white T against a black background" sign). You can buy tickets on a bus only after 8 p.m. Bus tickets are valid also on the underground and on railway trains within the town area (Voltri to Nervi).

The possible choices are

  1. single fare ticket: it costs 1.50€, it is valid for 90 minutes. It has to be validated at a small yellow/orange machine at the beginning of the trip:
    • on the bus on the side labeled "Convalida sui mezzi AMT"
    • at the train station on the side labeled "Convalida per viaggio FS"
  2. carnet of ten tickets: it costs 11.00€ and holds ten single fare tickets. The carnet stub must be shown together with the ticket.
  3. weekly pass: it costs 12.00€. It must be validated at the beginning of the first trip, and mark with the user's name and the date of the week's Monday.

¤ Map of the Town

Click on the small maps to enlarge.
To view the printable version click here. (pdf)
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- Center_Map -
- East_Map -
- DIMA_DISI_Map -

¤ Restaurants

Street numbers in Genoa come in two colours: black usually for houses, and red for shops.
Of course, they grow separately along a street. Red number "14" is shown as "14r".

Zona Centro
  • Pizzeria "La sosta degli artisti"
    Piazza San Donato 55r, tel 0102466149
    Open every day 12-15 and 19-1. Advance booking is advised. Prices around €20
  • Osteria "La Cabotina"
    Via San Sebastiano 34r, tel 010590373
    Open in the evenings, Tuesday-Saturday. Advance booking is advised. Prices around €20
  • Trattoria da Ugo
    Via Dei Giustiniani 86r, tel 0102469302
    Closed on Monday. Excellent local cuisine at prices around €20. Advance booking is advised
  • Antica Osteria di Vico Palla
    Vicolo Palla 15r (at Porto Antico), tel 0102466575
    Closed on Monday. Excellent local cuisine at prices below €30
  • Antica Osteria della Foce
    Via Ruspoli 72/74r (take bus 20 to terminus "Foce"), tel 0105533155
    Open 12-15, 19.30-22.30. Closed on Saturday for lunch, and on Sunday. Advance booking is necessary
  • Osteria San Matteo
    piazza San Matteo 6r, tel 0102473282/0104030366
    Closed on Monday. Excellent, re-elaborated local cuisine, wide choice of wines. Advance booking is necessary. Prices around €30
  • Ristorante "Le rune"
    Via Domoculta 14r (uphill from via XXV Aprile), tel 010594951
    Open for lunch until 14.30, for dinner until 22.30. Closed on Saturday and on Sunday for lunch. Prices above €30
  • Trattoria "Da Maria"
    Vico Testadoro 14r (uphill from via XXV Aprile), tel 010581080
    Very basic local food, but interesting experience. Seats at shared tables. Booking is unthinkable. Prices below €15
  • Ristorante "Ombre Rosse"
    Vico Indoratori 20-22-24r, tel 0102757608/3474280698
    Small restaurant, local cuisine. Open for lunch until 15.00, for dinner until 24.00. Closed on Saturday for lunch and on Sunday. Prices above €20
  • Trattoria "Gaia"
    Vico dell'Argento 13r (tiny alley, away from via Cairoli), tel 0102461629
    Difficult to find, excellent local cuisine. Closed on Sunday. Advance booking is advised. Prices around €25
  • Ristorante "La Forchetta Curiosa"
    Piazza Negri 5, tel 0102511289
    Nice position behind Museo di S.Agostino. Closed on Sunday. Local cuisine. Advance booking is advised. Price around €25
  • Ristorante "Le Prie Rosse"
    Via Ravecca 56r, tel 0102512591
    Closed on Sunday. Local cuisine, based only on meat. Advance booking is advised. Price around €30
  • Ristorante "Il Matto"
    Vico della Casana 9/int.1 (on the first floor of a private house), tel 0102466667
    Closed on Sunday. Local cuisine with a twist. Advance booking is advised. Price around €30
  • Ristorante "La Vigna Imperiale"
    Campetto 8 (on the first floor of a private house), tel 0102464956
    Good food with a good choice of wines. Advance booking is advised. Price around €30
  • Ristorante "Le Terrazze del Ducale"
    Fourth floor of Palazzo Ducale, piazza De Ferrari, tel 010588600
    Enter Palazzo Ducale from piazza De Ferrari, walk to the large courtyard at the other end, and take the lift to the fourth floor
  • Ristorante arabo "Nabil"
    Vicolo Falamonica 21r, tel 0102476114
    A Jordanian cook prepares excellent middle-Eastern food: from Mansaf to Kifta and Jiaj. Advanced booking is advised. Prices around €25
  • Pizzeria di Vico dei Biscotti
    Vico dei Biscotti (on a corner of Piazza delle Erbe), tel 0102518990
    Open every day, but for lunch on Saturday or Sunday. Plenty of space. Prices below €20
  • Pizzeria "La Funicolare"
    Corso Magenta 29r (take Funicolare S.Anna in Piazza Portello), tel 0102513286
    Possibly the best pizza in Genoa. Closed on Sunday. Booking necessary
  • Ristorante "La Mandragola"
    Piazza San Cosimo 2 (near the oldest church in Genoa of S.Cosma and Damiano), tel 0102518206
    Nice position, local cuisine, basic service. Prices around €25, possibly a bit overpriced
  • Ristorante "Al Teatro di Campopisano"
    Vico Campopisano 15r, tel 0102511829
    Difficult to find, very interesting local cuisine. Closed on Sunday. Prices above €30
  • Birrificio "Exultate"
    Piazza Lavagna 15r, tel 0102468724
    Difficult to find (walk along Via ai Macelli di Soziglia and look for signs), locally brewed beer and pizza
Zona Boccadasse
(near Hotel La Capannina)
  • Pizzeria "Il Guscio"
    Via Boccadasse 37r, tel 0103770086
  • Pizzeria "Antico Borgo"
    Via Boccadasse 19r, tel 0103760737
    Nice environment and good pizza
  • Pizzeria "Osteria degli Artisti"
    Via Boccadasse 61r, tel 0103760737
    Very good pizza, not so for the rest of the menu
  • Trattoria "Del Parroco"
    Via Righetti 2, tel 0103620428
    Good local cuisine in a plain environment. Prices around €25
  • Ristorante "La Marinetta"
    Corso Italia 21r, tel 010317543
    Good local cuisine in a corner of Boccadasse right over the waves. Prices around €30
  • Trattoria "Dindi"
    Piazza Nettuno 11r, tel 0103761364
    Mainly fish. Prices around €30
  • Antica Trattoria "Osvaldo"
    Via della Casa 2r, tel 0103771881
    Same management as Antica Osteria di Vico Palla, same quality food. Closed on Monday. Price around €30
  • Ristorante "Creuza De Ma"
  • Piazza Nettuno 2, tel 0103770091
    Good restaurant. Price range €25-40
  • Ristorante "Bottega del Re"
  • via Guerrazzi 66r, tel 0103628687
    Very good restaurant. Price above €35
Zona DIMA-DISI
These restaurants are near the conference site, and offer a fairly reasonable option for lunch if one does not want to eat at the Mensa. They are listed from the one closest to DIMA-DISI.
  • Bar "Pit Stop"
    Via San Martino 31r
    Excellent for a quick sandwich
  • Bar "Pit Stop 2"
    Via San Martino 23r
    Same management as "Pit Stop", but wider seating area, a few more choices on the menu
  • Chinese Restaurant "La Muraglia"
    Via San Martino 11, tel 0105221371
    Always open
  • Chinese Restaurant "Nuova era"
    Corso Europa 63, tel 010501758
    Always open
  • Pizzeria "Fuorigrotta"
    Corso A. Gastaldi 191r, tel 0105299055
  • Bar "La Piazza"
    Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 1r, tel 010312235
    The best choice of all, but ask a local for directions before going
Zona Nervi
  • Ristorante Pizzeria "La Spiga"
    Via Marco Sala 14r, tel 0103726394
    Open in the evenings, lunches on Saturday and Sunday. Local cuisine and fish
  • Ristorante "5 maggio"
    Via 5 maggio 26, tel 0103776969
    Ristorante pizzeria, open every day. Advance booking is strongly advised. Bus 15 from Nervi stops exactly in front of the restaurant. Expensive
  • Ristorante "Medusa"
    Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi 27A
    Pizza and fish. Reasonable price, considering the view. Prices from €30