I stayed in Chiara’s apartment for over a month living alone as a student in Genoa, and I loved it. The neighborhood is the best of both worlds: family friendly by day (a piazza filled with the voices of small children until dark) with a vibrant nightlife after dusk, and no prostitution (at least nothing visible) to speak of, compared with other parts of the old town (i.e. the area just south of Via Garibaldi).
The nightlife, for the record, never kept me up at night. To the contrary, I slept very well. The bed is comfortable, and the apartment itself, replete with beautiful personal touches. I loved the red, gold, off white/platinum aesthetic, lovingly maintained throughout the apartment (except for the bathroom, which is blue -- and also very bello and functional). As a student, I especially loved the attractive study corner with its lamp, which I used frequently. The kitchen is also very well equipped, although it is quite small, and there is no dishwasher (not that I expected one -- but if you don’t plan to eat out every night or every other night, that should be an important consideration).
Finally, Chiara is the kindest host, which I experienced from the first. Chiara was very flexible and responsive on the day of my arrival, which helped greatly, owing to the conditions of my arrival. Another act of kindness: one of the airlines I had taken lost my luggage, but for a period of five days (at which point my luggage was delivered) I got on just fine because Chiara shared her clothes with me. Therefore, I especially recommend this apartment to petite women, because if the airline loses your luggage, you’ll still be in great shape! ; ) I’m 5’, 90 lb, and never had to buy replacement clothes in order to endure this period with dignity, many thanks to Chiara.
So rest easy in Chiara’s cozy, yet elegant apartment in a historic and comfortable part of town! You’ll be very happy you did!!