Genoa prepares for the Boat Show

Genoa - Five days of intense activity,including traffic. Genoa is betting a lot on the upcoming Boat Show, which kicks off next Wednesday, 30 September. The ultimate objective is to return to growth in the number of visitors, even though the organisation of this year’s boat show was more focused on the dates

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di Emanuele Rossi

Genoa - Five days of intense activity, including traffic. Genoa is betting a lot on the upcoming Boat Show, which kicks off next Wednesday, 30 September. The ultimate objective is to return to growth in the number of visitors, even though the organisation of this year’s boat show was more focused on the dates and the available space (since the Fair has “streamlined” the available spaces). The goal is to cross the milestone of 110,000 visitors, a thousand more than the first post-war show (last year there were 107,000) as long as the management of traffic between the Foce district, Brignole Station and the centre runs smoothly.

THE PLAN OF THE MUNICIPALITY AND AMT
It would take a magician and the municipality
has “only” one Merlin (its Italian surname is “Merlino”), the mobility manager. A few days ago he published the order for the regulation of traffic during the five “hot” days of the show. Simultaneously, Amt and consultant Anna Maria Dagnino studied a series of tariff concessions and shuttles to facilitate visitors from out of town and - hopefully - even the lives of Genoese drivers who will cross Piazzale Kennedy, Corso Italia or Viale Brigate Partigiane.

In particular, there will be special services and upgrades on three bus lines: number 10 which travels between Brignole and the Fair (all five days, from 10 to 7 pm); KA line between Prince and Piazzale Kennedy (Saturday and Sunday, from 10 to 7 pm); and the number 31 which will service the parking on Corso Italia. As in previous years, vehicles will be banned on the sea front along Corso Italia, but only on the stretch between Via Piave and Via Bovio. The Municipal Police retain the right to intervene autonomously and reduce the perimeter and the opening hours of the parking area in question, depending on specific, substantial and unpredictable critical traffic situations.

The Blue Area for parking will be extended in the areas marked by the following letters: A-B-D-E-F-L and M (limited area between Corso Italia, via Cavallotti, via Albaro, via Ricci, via Boselli, via Pisa and Via Caprera). Besides extending the parking regulations during the weekend, the municipality can also hope to collect, both on weekdays as well as the weekend, a daily flat rate of €12 for cars and €18 for campers, and this regulation will be extended to all Blue Islands in the areas mentioned above.

Finally, there is a stopping ban between 9:30 and 6 pm on the west side of the stretch of the road between via Canevari and Corso Montegrappa and the tunnel under the tracks at Brignole.

GENOA IN BLUE
However the Boat Show will not be limited to the Fair: there will be many related events throughout the city. In particular, on 2 October there will be the evening of shopping in blue, with special openings of Rinascente stores on Via Roma, Galleria Mazzini, Via XXV Aprile and Salita di Santa Caterina, with entertainment and music. And the next day, Saturday, 3 October, from 6 to 9 pm, in the beautiful setting of lit Via Garibaldi, the City has prepared the extraordinary opening of the courtyards of the palaces, with music and dancing. Also Palazzo Ducale will host the Antiques Market Show on the weekend of 3 and 4 October.

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