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Palazzo Cicala, Genova, Italy

May 15, 2014

True to its word, the Palazzo Cicala is an upscale boutique hotel in the heart of the old city. Located in the Piazza San Lorenzo, the Palazzo Cicala would be hard pressed to have a better location.

San Lorenzo from the window in reception

San Lorenzo from the window in reception

Unfortunately, the hotel is very small and when we were visiting was completely full. The good news is that they have a couple of associated apartments nearby that are equally central and nice little places to stay. Don’t forget to ask!

Both the hotel and the apartment have grand entrance halls.

Entrance hall of the apartment

Entrance hall of the apartment

Living room

Living room

Bedroom

Bedroom

Upstairs small bedroom

Upstairs small bedroom

Kitchen

Kitchen

Breakfast is brought over in the morning. Special note: if you go to bed at 6am, breakfast at 8:30 happens WAY too early. But that is how it goes in Genova.

The remains of breakfast.

The remains of breakfast.

Fortunately, the apartment has net.

For dinner, we went to Pintori just down a couple of alleys from the hotel. BTW, in this part of Genova driving is not allowed. Nor is it really even possible. Pintori was very good with an excellent wine list and a small collection of good grappa. The grappa was our downfall.

Genova was full of young people all out until 3am. We joined them for a Negroni or two. Then we sat up in the living room and talked until the sky turned blue again.

Five showerheads for the only boutique hotel in all of Genova. Excellent.

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