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“Access the Mountains for Hiking!”

Ferrovia Genova-Casella
Ranked #50 of 294 things to do in Genoa
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Genoa, Italy
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653 reviews
343 attraction reviews
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“Access the Mountains for Hiking!”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

I have taken the train a few times since my review, and its always been fun, but the most recent ride was not very pleasant! The train made a loud high pitched squealing brake noise all the way to Casella! It was pretty intolerable! Views are magnificent, the city below is truly amazing and I enjoy the little town of Casella, although if you go over the Italian lunch time, all the shops are closed and there isn’t much to do, but enjoy lunch at one of the 3-4 restaurants in the town. It’s nearly completely closed down on Sundays!

I have also used the Casella train system to get to a very interesting hiking area and to access the amazing forts in the Parco delle Mura. From Piazza Manin take the Casella train to the Campi stop. You MUST tell the conductor that you want to get out there (also a reduced fare when you purchase your ticket) because they only stop when requested. From Campi, you follow the road uphill for about 5 minutes to a restaurant that seems always closed, then follow the signs to Diamante Forti (fortress) which is a fairly strenuous uphill climb for about 25-45 minutes, but you end up at the top of the world!!! It’s really thrilling to see the views all the way to Corsica! Or you can just start out on the path by the always closed restaurant-look for markers, that will take you by Forte Puin, Forte Begato and Sperone, all the way to Righi (about 2-3 hours).

Stop at the famous tavern Ostaia du Richetto for a bathroom break, coffee or lunch then walk down to Righi and take the funicular back (buy a ticket an validate it!) to the city center. Because the Casella train doesn’t run very often, it might be difficult, but not impossible to meet the train again, to return to Piazza Manin. If you would like more detailed information about this hike, just email me! The hills above Genova are amazing for hiking; you can be at sealevel by the port and then in the mountains above Genova in just 1/2 hr using the funicular at Zecco-Righi! Try hiking!

Visited September 2012
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“Should be a top attraction in Genoa.”
Reviewed June 8, 2012

Somebody from Genoa wrote on the Trip Advisor Forum, 'Don't take the railway to Casella, it's boring'. Well if he found it boring, there must be a lot of other attractions.

The train goes from Piazza Manin (bus 36 from both Principe and Brignole stations - don't confuse with the terminus of this route, Piazza Merani like I did. (D'oh!). Go up some steps from the piazza to find the station.

The tickets are €2.30 one-way to the terminus; you can buy tickets on the train, and you must tell the guard if you want to get off at other stations. From Genova, sit on the right at first to see superb views of the cemetary and the autostrade, then after about twenty minutes move to the left, if you can, to see the mountains and villages.

In England this would be some sort of preserved railway charging a fortune. In Italy, they were mending the track in many places. It certainly can't make any money. I was the only passenger on the train back. Enjoy it.

Visited June 2012
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“Great Day Trip into the Hills Surrounding Genova”
Reviewed December 14, 2010

First note: TA has the incorrect address for this attraction. You can locate the train at Piazza Manin; see below for more information DO NOT GO TO VIA MONTALDO!!!
Ferrovia Genova-Casella or the Genova-Casella Railroad has a difficult job finding it’s proper classification in TA list of Genoa’s top attractions because it’s both a fantastic scenic railroad route for tourists and a means of transportation for the locals. For this reason it’s hasn’t been listed before and it’s a loss to those tourists visiting Genoa for the first time and are unaware of this enjoyable day trip. This attraction consists of taking a historic, narrow gauge, train ride from Piazza Manin, in the city, to any of the many stops along the line to Casella, a small, very quant town in the Ligurian hills, with amazing views of Genova, the valleys, small towns, fortifications and castles along the way. Visiting its website www.ferroviagenovacasella.it and using Google to translate will give you more information about the train, but the best information is a brochure that is free from the AMT Gneova offices or at the Piazza Manin train station. The railroad has been in continuous operation since 1929 providing transportation for locals to 17 stops along the way to Casella. When you board the conductor will ask you where you would like to get off, as the train will only make the requested stops along the way to Casella, which is the last stop and a great place for lunch, to rent bikes (2 minute walk from Casella station), following hiking trails or just stroll the small town. The train ride lasts about 1 hour (one way) and departs about every two hours from Casella; keep a copy of the schedule handy. See the schedule for departures from Piazza Manin and keep in mind it is different for weekdays, weekends and holidays.

The web site and brochure show a beautiful historic train which is used for special events and during the summer months when there are more tourists. But most likely you will travel in a train car “decorated” with graffiti on the outside, but very functional and clean on the inside. Round trip is just 4EU (6EU on Sundays) and may very well be the best bargain in Genova! This trip is great anytime of year and can be particularly scenic after a snow fall, in the spring or autumn or when the train is less crowded. Start the journey on the right side of the train (while looking at the front) for the best views and if possible switch to the left for the last 1/3 of the ride. Piazza Manin is easy to locate from the town center on bus 33 or 34, which drops you off in the center of the Piazza Manin. From there either follow the signs to the train station or take the steep set of stairs by the gas station to the top, turn left and the train station is directly in front of you. Plan to spend at least 4 hours; 2 hours roundtrip on the train and 2 hours in the small town of Casella. Consider bringing snacks, water and keep in mind that there are no bathrooms on the train. They are constantly working on the train tracks. As of December 2010, everyone was instructed to disembark the train at Busalletta and a mini-bus was provided for the 10 minute drive to/from Casella. This doesn’t really detract from the overall experience; rather it just seems to add a sense of adventure! This is really a fun trip for anyone wishing to depart the city and enjoy the countryside, fantastic views and some hiking/biking in the hills. If you have any questions about Genova, I would be happy to email you information to make your stay here more enjoyable!

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