The five lovely villages of the Cinque Terre may get all the press when it comes to Liguria, but the region’s capital city is worth a visit, too. Genoa is a large port city for Italy (cruise ships occasionally make Genoa a port of call), and the historic center has a nice mix of history and that singular quality that can only come from a city built on the water.
Whatever brings you to Genoa, be sure to note the locations of the Genoa hostels on the map below. Some of them are outside the city and would require that you had a car to reach them. And since most budget travelers staying in hostels aren’t renting cars, that might be a problem. Instead, focus on the hostels that are in the city center whenever possible.