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Here you can find the answers to the most frequently asked questions on major topics.
I have to register documents at the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority. Where should I go and what are the opening times of the Secretariat ?
The address is Palazzo San Giorgio, Via della Mercanzia 2,and the Secretariat is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
I am organizing an event and I wish to request the support/contribution of the Port Authority. What should I do?

You can download the forms online to request the support and/or a contribution

These forms, duly filled in and attached to the accompanying documents, must be sent by certified email to or delivered to the Secretariat at Palazzo San Giorgio,Via della Mercanzia 2, Genova.

I would like to organize an event at Palazzo San Giorgio. Who should I speak to?
To request the technical specifications and rental charges of the premises at Palazzo San Giorgio, please send an e-mail to

For further details and photographs of the premises of Palazzo San Giorgio:
I would like to receive information on staff recruitment on the part of the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority

You can access information on the public recruitment competions of the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority on the website in “Transparency in Public Administration”

I wish to film and/or take photographs in the Ports of Genoa. What permits do I need?

All requests regarding filming and photography in the Ports of Genoa and Prà must be authorised in advance from the Port Leaseholder(s), the Port of Genoa Coastguards and the Port Authority of the Western Ligurian Sea.

All applications must be compiled using the downloadable application forms.

  • The site in which you wish to film or take photographs may be identified online:
  • Authorisation must be requested in advance from the Port Leaseholder which operates the area in question (eg. terminal operators, passenger port operator, ship repairs companies, ship construction companies etc.).
  • Once written authorisation has been granted, please apply for a permit from the Coastguards of the Port of Genoa (Sezione Tecnica), which requires you to submit the following information: scope and purpose of film and/or photographs, date of shooting, ID details of crew including scan of ID cards, indication of number plate of vehicles. The cost of the permit is two 16-euro stamp duties.
  • Upon receipt of the Coastguards’ Permit, the Port Authority of the Western Ligurian Sea Permit may be requested at the offices in Ponte dei Mille (Stazione Marittima), Ufficio Anagrafe, opening hours Monday – Friday, 9:00 to 12:00 hrs. The documents which must be submitted include the Coastguards’ Permit and the Application Forms G – Modulo G - and H – Modulo H - which can be downloaded online.
  • The cost of the permit is 6 euros.

Please note that if filming is restricted to only one day, it is not necessary to go in person to the Ufficio Anagrafe. It is possible to request a one-day pass from the Security Staff at one of the port gates upon presentation of the Port of Genoa Coastguards permit.

I would like to request the “Pescatori Dilettanti” (Amateur Fishing) permit for use in the Port of Genoa. Who can I contact?

To request the “Pescatori Dilettanti” (Amateur Fishing) permit for use in the Port of Genoa, please download the form ”Modello D” online Access to basins.

Fill in all required fields, print the form and attach a copy of the applicant’s identity card. If it is the first application, please attach a 16 euro duty stamp. The card costs 50 euros and it is valid for 30 months.

To receive the permit, please refer to the Port Permit Office at Ponte dei Mille (Piazzale Superiore Stazioni Marittime, Genova. Open Monday-Friday from 9.30 to 12 a.m.) with all the above-mentioned papers.

I would like to visit Palazzo San Giorgio. Is it possible to take a guided tour?

Palazzo San Giorgio was commissioned in 1260 as the first public building in Genoa. In 1903 it served as the headquarters of the Consorzio Autonomo del Porto, then of the Port Authority of Genoa and today as the head office of the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority. From January 2018 it is open to visitors one Saturday per month with guided tours organized by the volunteers of the Genova FAI Delegation (The Italian Heritage Turst). The guided tours (groups of max. 20 people) convene in the hall of the Palazzo (via della Mercanzia 2) at 10 and 11 a.m.
Reservations must be made in advance by calling +39 333 778 1977 or sending an e-mail to

Thanks to the collaboration between FAI Genova and the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority, in an endeavour to foster appreciation and promote the importance of Palazzo San Giorgio as part of Italy’s heritage, the public has the opportunity to discover the artistic and historical legacy of one of the leading landmarks of the city and the port of Genoa.

From the majestic “Sale delle Compere” and “del Capitano” to the monumental staircase, the Loggiato and the “Manica Lunga”, the guided tours provide an insight on the architectural and cultural value of the Palazzo across the major periods of its history.

Palazzo San Giorgio is part of the Beni promossi dai volontari FAI Italian campaign. The FAI guided tours calendar is available in the NEWS section of the Port Authority website and on Facebook – Ports of Genoa.

I am a teacher and I would like to take my class to visit the port. Who should I speak to?
Please contact the Genoa Port Center, the port-city-citizen interface facility located in the Porto Antico di Genova.
Activities and contacts can be viewed on the website
I am searching for information on my relatives who emigrated departing from the Port of Genoa between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Who can I contact to know more about their journey?

The International Center for Studies on Italian Emigration, of which the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority is a member, has databases containing information on millions of Italian emigrants.

By entering the person’s details on the website, you can discover the date, place of departure and destination, and receive information on the transfers, the crossing and on the accompanying family members. In certain cases, you may also find a brief report of the migratory experience.

I have to embark on a ferry and I want to know how to reach the passenger port of Genoa and to receive information on the port facilities.

The passenger terminal of Genoa is operated by Stazioni Marittime Genova. Please consult the website or contact Stazioni Marittime on +39 010 089 8300.

The Public Relations Office provides information via e-mail and receives by appointment. To arrange a meeting, please send an e-mail to, stating your enquiry and indicating a telephone number and/or e-mail address.


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