Genova is also the birthplace of pesto and it is well known for focaccia so the pause was definitely worth our while.
Genova has a small airport that is serviced by a bunch of low-cost airlines so flying in is really easy. If you're relatively nearby, train travel is also an easy option. There's a train that comes in from Nice, so if you're in France and you feel like having some pasta, take a quick jaunt. We took a train in and a plane out.
WHERE TO STAY
Genoa is a bustling city so there are an endless number of hotels. We stayed at the Grand Hotel Savoia, which was looked lovely and fancy but it was pretty affordable for $150/night.
There are also funiculars which will take you up the mountain. They are closed for a few months every five years for a safety audit, which unfortunately for us coincided with our visit. However, there are buses to make up the gap.
DO, SEE, & EAT
Genova is full of beautiful facades and maze-like alleyways. To be honest, I would not want to be caught in some of those alleys at night (my sister and I were calling some of the seedier ones "rape alleys") but during the day, it's fun to get lost.