Each year thousands of boats, both big and small, flock to the Italian Riviera seeking a taste of la dolce vita. And right at the heart of the action is the colourful city of Genoa. With a historic port and marinas accommodating yachts up to 130 metres, it's a hub of yachting activity and a portal to Italy’s romantic coastline. Not only is Genoa home to a flourishing number of shipbuilders, the city also hosts one of the world’s premier boat shows – and it's growing year on year.
This year marks the 59th edition of the Genoa International Boat Show and aims to be bigger and better than ever. From September 19-24 the city will be open for business as the world’s biggest boat show takes over its historic harbour.
This year will showcase an even more expansive display of Italian excellence. Inspired by the global success of Milan’s Salone del Mobile, organisers want to push the Genoa International Boat Show beyond the confines of the marina and host a number of events throughout the year, transforming Genoa into the true capital of yachting.
Last year’s edition of the Genoa International Boat Show welcomed over 174,000 visitors, and 951 exhibitors from 27 countries, breaking its own record as the biggest event in the Mediterranean for the industry. With 100,000 square metres of land and 100,000 square metres of water already fully booked, it looks like this year certainly won’t disappoint.
And the good news doesn't stop there. The Italian boating industry is on the rise for the fourth year running - a growth that is reflected in the success of the Genoa International Boat Show each year.
This is a city that lives and breathes yachting. Showcasing Italy’s world-class excellence and unmatched maritime history, it's no wonder Genoa is well on its way to becoming the capital of yachting.