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Genoa

Visit this gateway to the Riviera and find a city buzzing with historical gems, plus some incredible beaches.

Our most recommended things to do in Genoa

Aquarium of Genoa: Timeslot Ticket

1. Aquarium of Genoa: Timeslot Ticket

Make your way to the Aquarium of Genoa to see more than 15,000 animals from 400 species at Italy's largest aquatic zoo. Learn how the aquarium was built for the Genoa Expo '92. Enjoy a venue that is home to the biggest display of aquatic biodiversity in Europe. Venture into the fascinating waters of the world as you explore more than 70 tanks of critters. Marvel at animals from the Antarctic, such as penguins, and see sharks, seals, jellyfish, and the colorful fish of the coral barriers. Go to the Cetacean Pavilion, designed by Renzo Piano, and laugh along with the bottlenose dolphins at 4 open-air pools.

From Genoa: Roundtrip Boat Tour to Portofino

2. From Genoa: Roundtrip Boat Tour to Portofino

Spend the afternoon exploring Portofino, just a short trip down the coast from Genoa. Check out the amazing scenery along the way and explore the charming and unique village for the afternoon. Depart from Genoa's Porto Antico Calata Mandraccio and head to Portofino. As you travel along the coast, admire the beautiful cliffs and coastal scenery. Camogli, the San Fruttuoso Bay, the Portofino Promontory, and the white lighthouse on the cliff await you. The natural beauty of the area is sure to amaze. In Portofino, visit the square, the famous boutiques, and admire the unique views in front of the church of San Giorgio. Maybe treat yourself to gelato before returning to Genoa at approximately 6:30 PM.

Genoa: World-Famous Aquarium and Lighthouse Combo Ticket

3. Genoa: World-Famous Aquarium and Lighthouse Combo Ticket

Experience the Aquarium of Genoa, the largest aquarium in Italy, located in the old harbor area of Genoa. Enjoy an exciting, immersive, and engaging visit before climbing the steps of the Lighthouse of Geno, the tallest lighthouse in the Mediterranean.  Take a rich and exciting journey as you discover the seas of the world in an aquarium that hosts the most extensive range of aquatic biodiversity in Europe. The exhibition gallery consists of over 70 exhibitions and 600 species from all the seas of the world. From the rarest species such as manatees — marine mammals that may be at the origin of the legend of mermaids — to the most famous ones such as dolphins, penguins, and sharks.  The Genoa Aquarium is filled with innovative scenography, the latest digital installations, a completely renewed light and sound design, and a rich daily schedule of speeches. See also two areas dedicated to reptiles and amphibians, and to the conservation and recovery projects of animals in difficulty or seized by the authorities and entrusted to the aquarium. Next, walk over the iconic promenade to visit the monumental complex of the Lighthouse of Genoa, a symbol of the city. The world's fifth tallest lighthouse, the Lanterna di Genova has been operating for almost nine centuries and is the official lighthouse of the Port of Genoa. Climb the first 172 steps to admire Genoa from the top of its first panoramic terrace.

Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa Entry Ticket with Snack

4. Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa Entry Ticket with Snack

Immerse yourself in the largest exhibit of aquatic biodiversity in Europe with a visit to the Aquarium of Genoa. Discover the world's fascinating seas and waterways, including all their creatures. Tuck into a snack at the Tender Café inside the aquarium, refueling with a drink and a butter donut. Walk through the aquarium's spectacular settings and learn about the secrets, curiosities, and interesting anecdotes about our world's oceans. End your visit with a hot or cold drink and a light snack at the aquarium's café, which has a splendid terrace overlooking the port of Genoa.

Genoa: Aquarium & Christopher Columbus' House Entry Tickets

5. Genoa: Aquarium & Christopher Columbus' House Entry Tickets

Benefit from a combo ticket in Genoa to enter the Aquarium of Genoa and Christopher Colombus' House. Explore the aquarium to find rare marine species like manatees, dolphins, and sharks before visiting the childhood home of the famous Italian explorer. Choose to start your day at the Aquarium of Genoa or at Christopher Colombus' House and spend as much time as you like within the sites. Discover an extensive range of aquatic biodiversity within the aquarium and walk through 70 exhibits displaying sea creatures from all over the world. Watch beautiful manatees swimming behind the glass and get up close to penguins. Pass just outside the ancient medieval walls to find Christopher Colombus' House. Learn about the life and childhood of the infamous navigator who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. Explore the groundfloor workshop and venture into the attic.

Genoa: Guided Walking Tour

6. Genoa: Guided Walking Tour

Wander through the history of Genoa with a guide on a walking tour. See the most interesting artistic and historical treasures in the historic center. Go through the Porto Antico and make your way through the medieval parts of the city. See the Collina de Castello, the Cathedral, and various Baroque structures. Learn about the golden age of Genoa through its architecture before ending up in the modern part of the city at Piazza de Ferrari.

Guided Tour of Rolli Palaces UNESCO Site, Genoa

7. Guided Tour of Rolli Palaces UNESCO Site, Genoa

Visit the wonderful Genoese residences of the XVI century and join this guided tour of the Rolli Palaces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A guided tour of some of the most sumptuous residences built by the aristocratic Genoese families during the so-called “ Secolo d’Oro“ (“The Golden Century”), between the 16th and 17th century. The System of the "Palazzi dei Rolli" includes splendid palaces with open staircases, courtyards and loggias overlooking gardens. The palaces, positioned at different levels, were part of a network of public hospitality houses for state visits, as decreed by the Senate of the Republic of Genoa in 1576. The “Rolli” (named from the parchment rolls in which the palaces were inscribed) were subdivided into three “bussoli”, balloting lists, where the palaces were registered according to their richness and dimension. Lots were drawn to decide which palace would have the privilege - and the duty - of playing host to visiting state dignitaries. The first “bussolo” was for cardinals, princes and viceroys, the second for large scale landowners and third for princes of lesser standing and ambassadors: the first example of hôtellerie in Europe. The “Rolli” were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006. These exclusive and elegantly decorated residences did not escape the eye of a fine artist as the great Flemish painter Rubens, who at the beginning of the 17th century published a book collecting the drawings of these buildings as a residential model for the Antwerp nobility. Experience a piece of Italy's extravagant Golden Century in Genoa.

Genoa: Aquarium and FantaCinema Combined Ticket

8. Genoa: Aquarium and FantaCinema Combined Ticket

See tanks with beautiful and strange aquatic life at the Genoa Aquarium. Discover creatures from the Ligurian Sea, the North Atlantic and Caribbean reefs. Watch dolphins, penguins, and sea cows play in their habitats. Visit the playful past of fantasy cinema at FantaCinema. View original pieces, memorabilia, statues, articles, and posters. Learn how the cinema of fantasy was born and how it developed. Listen to soundtracks of cult films as you tour the exhibits. Look at cult objects such as the famous "the machine of tempo” original used by Zemeckis in the movie Back to the Future, or the original costumes from Alien and Star Wars. Walk though the Harry Potter and Game of Kings sections.

From Genova: Portofino Return Transfer by Open-Top Bus

9. From Genova: Portofino Return Transfer by Open-Top Bus

Join us on this tour dedicated to the discovery of Genoa, its coast and the enchanting resort of Portofino. This experience will make you admire the beauties of Liguria, discovering a coast full of unique and breathtaking views, the tour will start from Genoa reaching Portofino along the Riviera di Levante, crossing typical places such as Camogli, Santa Margherita Ligure and Rapallo. Our one-storey panoramic open-top bus will take you in an hour from Genoa to Portofino, the onboard staff will be happy to provide information about the coast and curiosities of Liguria. Once in Portofino you will have free time to discover this renowned Ligurian resort. Prepare your camera and come and discover with us the Italian Riviera!

Aquarium of Genoa: Entry Ticket and Aperitif

10. Aquarium of Genoa: Entry Ticket and Aperitif

Book your Aquarium Happy open ticket and enter the Aquarium of Genoa without any reservation. Take a break with a glass of wine or sparkling wine at the Tender Bar inside the aquarium with a spectacular view of the Old Port. Visit the Aquarium of Genoa after 4:00 PM, the quietest moment of the day, and enjoy the flexibility of an open ticket. In between your visit, sit down and relax at Tender Bar. With this ticket you can make your entrance only between 4 PM and 5 PM to visit the Aquarium and enjoy Your Aperitif.

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What people are saying about Genoa

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 5,416 reviews

We almost canceled because it was so hot and we were achy from walking the day before. But our guide reconfigured the tour so that we started at a point from which we could walk downhill, and she found us plenty of shade. She definitely knew and loved Genoa and was very nice.

It’s 5 stars purely for Portofino which is absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately after one and half hour on boat you only get one hour and 10 minutes there so it feels rushed. Could have done with another hour.

Barbara is a great guide, she does know a lot about the houses. In one of the places they were preparing a wedding but they still let us in. The time went by and I didn't feel the 2 and a half hours.

The tour was very good, we learned a lot more detail about Christopher Columbus and his life. If you are in Genoa, you should take this tour.

Perfect for Génova with it's hills. no prior experience with Segway. Absolutely loved it.