As you probably know, last week in Genoa happened a really tragic event. A part of the motorway bridge, Ponte Morandi has collapsed. It has caused the death of 43 persons. It is an event that shocked the whole of Europe but especially shocked Genoa and Liguria. I was speechless for over 1 week because I, my husband and many of people I know were using that bridge frequently. That’s why I think we have to consider ourselves lucky and I am extremally sorry for all persons that lost their lives and for all their families.
At this moment Genoa is in mourning. However, it is a city of strong, tenacious people that will go beyond this tragedy. And at this moment the most important thing is not to leave Genoa alone. The city doesn’t have to be forgotten. That’s why it is so important that you don’t miss it or avoid it when you are travelling through Liguria! Below I describe the actual situation in Genoa. How you can get there and how to move now without Ponte Morandi.
The historical centre of Genoa
The bridge collapsing didn’t influence the historical part of Genoa. So all of you who wanted to see the old town of the capital of Liguria can do it without problems.
The bridge was the fastest way to get to the Genoa airport. Now, if you want to get there you have to use a deviation that was created after the collapse.
Deviations that replace the bridge
You exit the motorway in Genova-Ovest motorway exit. Then follow the indications to Savona. Go through Lungomare Giuseppe Canepa/ SS1 Aurelia. There you will see the indications to A10 motorway. Take an exit at Genova Cornigliano, follow the indications to A10 and enter the motorway following the via Enrico Melen. In this way you arrive to A10.
If you are going to go to the airport, follow the indications to Aeroporto that you will see in Lungmare Giuseppe Canepa.
A10, A7, A12, A6, A26, A21 Motorways
Basically, if you are going to visit Genoa or eastern Liguria, nothing has changed at all. The incident did not influence the connections of that part of Liguria.
A10 is a motorway that connects eastern and western Liguria. It leads also to the French border. The collapsed bridge was the fastest way of moving to western Liguria. The collapsed bridge was also a crucial part that connected A10 with A7, the motorway that leads to Milan. Below, I list you actual ways of reaching western Liguria.
Northen Italy -> Western Ligure
Now if you want to go from northern Italy to western Liguria you can to use A26 or A6.
Eastern Liguria -> Western Liguria
If you come from eastern Liguria you can arrive in Genoa with A12. Then you have to exit the motorway and follow the road deviation that brings you to the A10. The problem is that you arrive in the city centre that very often it is very congested. The deviation to follow is Genova Ovest motorway exit – Lungomare Giuseppe Canepa street – Genova Cornigliano – Enrico Melen street – A10 motorway.
To move from east to west you can also use a motorway connection A12-A7-A26, without exiting from the motorway. When you arrive in the zone of the collapsed bridge turn to A7. After about 40 km, in Tortona take A26 motorway that leads back in Liguria. They are about an extra 140 km (!) but you don’t waste your time in the queues in Genoa. However, I remind you that the deviation in Genoa is 5 km long.
Eastern Italy -> Western Liguria
If you come from eastern Italy (before La Spezia) and you want to reach western Liguria you can follow the A21 motorway that passes through Parma-Piacenza-Tortona and arrives directly to A10 in Genova Voltri. Even if Google Maps still suggests A12+Genoas deviation as the fastest way of moving from eastern Italy to western Liguria.
From 08/14/2018 the motorway A7 from Genova Ovest – Genova Bolzaneto and A10 parts: Genova Prà – Genova Aeroporto, Genova Prà – Genova Pegli, Genova Pegli – Genova Aeroporto are all free of charge. Even if you are only transiting through that places you don’t pay anything.
I think it is very important to know that after the incident it is still possible to visit this wonderful town and the region. What is more, they need much more than ever the visibility and touristic movement. That’s why the best thing we can do is to visit Genoa and Liguria and admire how beautiful they are 🙂