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Genoa: Guided Walking Tour

1. 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

2. 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: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of the Historical Center

3. Genoa: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of the Historical Center

The tour allows you to discover the historical center of Genoa and the wonderful Palazzi dei Rolli, a Unesco world heritage site. These elegant residences belonging to the aristocracy and date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. You will be guided through the narrow alleys (Caruggi) of the widest historical center in Europe, to discover its many curiosities and secrets. The tour starts from the Old Port area and guides you through the highlights of the city, including the San Lorenzo Cathedral, the Doge Palace, the Opera House, and the wonderful Strada Nuova Museums. In the museums – the galleries of Pallazo Rosso, the Palazzo Bianco, and Palazzo Tursi – you can admire the antique furniture and important masterpieces of Italian and foreign artists. The museum exhibits works by Veronese, Procaccini, Rubens, Van Dyck, and many more.

Genova: Segway Tour

4. Genova: Segway Tour

Visit the most historically significant sites of the largest medieval historic center in Europe on a segway tour. Enjoy a fast, easy, and fun way to see the beauties of the city of Genova. Explore the hidden alleys of the old town and the beautiful noble streets with an experienced guide. Take in the medieval atmosphere and learn about the culture, art, traditions, and gastronomy of the city.

Genoa Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

5. Genoa Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Enjoy a 2.5-hour private guided tour of Genoa, taking in the large seaport and the amazing architecture of one of Italy's major economic centers. Experience the charm and artistic heritage of the city’s UNESCO-listed medieval center. Starting from the renovated harbor, walk through the intricate maze of medieval alleys to the Gothic-Romanesque St. Lawrence Cathedral. Continue to Piazza de Ferrari, where you’ll find the Opera House, the Palace of the Doges and the Academy of Fine Arts. Pass by Piazza San Matteo before the guided walk ends in Via Garibaldi. Admire some splendid historical buildings and palaces, which represent the "Golden Era" of the ancient Republic of Genova.

Genoa: Private Tour with a Local

6. Genoa: Private Tour with a Local

With this welcoming tour, transform traveling philosophy: make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his or her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet wherever you're staying to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, discover the easiest ways to get around and learn about the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information needed to make the most of your stay.

Genoa: Guided Gourmet Food Tour with Tastings

7. Genoa: Guided Gourmet Food Tour with Tastings

Meet your friendly guide at the Neptune Galleon then set out on a food-lovers walking tour through the charming streets of Genoa. The tour takes you to a number of historic eateries, modern cafes, and trendy restaurants where you can sample the true gastronomic wonders of this city. During the tour, get a sense of authentic Genoese life whilst mingling with the locals and listening to stories about the city’s history and culinary culture. Tastings on offer: Focaccia and a cappuccino - a typical Genoese breakfast. Try dipping your focaccia into the cappuccino, which offers a unique sweet and salty taste. Focaccia with cheese - two very thin layers of dough filled with Stracchino cheese. Pasta with pesto - made using an authentic recipe of fresh, local basil and pine nuts. Traditional Genoese cake - visit the original pastry shop that invented this cake and let the pudding speak for itself. Artisan ice cream - taste the best artisan gelato in town, offering both traditional and innovative flavors. Gourmet coffee - a delicious coffee, garnished with tasty ingredients, suitable for all palates.

Genoa: Traditional Food Tour

8. Genoa: Traditional Food Tour

Explore Genoa's downtown alleys with a local foodie, sitting in typical restaurants, tasting some of the best traditional dishes carefully chosen on a daily basis. You will be surrounded by a genuine and unique environment, a memorable way of tasting the city's traditional specialties and of visiting Genoa! Your guide will choose the best dishes for you, aiming to introduce you to the city's traditions. He will suggest to you the best restaurants and make this culinary experience delightful. You will taste some of the following specialties on this food tour (depending on availability): Pasta with pesto, savory pastries, focaccia with cheese, fried calamari, stockfish, anchovies, frisceu, coffee and dessert.

Genoa: City Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and Tour

9. Genoa: City Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and Tour

Explore Genoa with this interactive smartphone tour. Make your way through the city while solving location-based riddles on this walking tour. Stroll by the oldest church in the city at St. Syrus’s Basilica and see where Christopher Columbus once lived. Solve a puzzle outside of 10 top city sights. Follow clues at each attraction to find your next destination. Enjoy the challenge of using logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to complete the game. Feel the satisfaction of solving each riddle. Have the freedom to pause or resume the tour whenever you want. View the city at your own pace. Learn interesting information and facts about the city. Snap as many pictures as you want. You can start playing anytime. Start your tour from San Siro, in the center of Genoa. Visit the Palazzo Grimaldi della Meridiana with its unique architecture and explore Piazza Fontane Marose and the magnificent buildings that surround it. Photograph Santa Maria delle Vigne with its distinct white facade and wonder at the imposing Palazzo San Giorgio with its original interior and imposing exterior. Learn about the Romanesque Cattedrale di San Lorenzo with black and white stripes and frescoes inside, which houses unique holy relics. Marvel at the palazzo Ducale mansion and admire the Piazza de Ferrari, famous for its bronze fountain.

Genoa: Palazzi dei Roll and Palazzo Reale Guided Tour

10. Genoa: Palazzi dei Roll and Palazzo Reale Guided Tour

See some of the most sumptuous residences built by the aristocratic Genoese families on guided tour of the Palazzi dei Roll, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built during the Golden Century, the grounds include splendid open staircases, courtyards, and loggias overlooking gardens. The Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli in Genoa’s historic center date from the late 16th and early 17th centuries when the Republic of Genoa was at the height of its financial and seafaring power. Discover the palaces positioned on different levels that were part of a network of public hospitality houses for state visits, as decreed by the Senate of the Republic of Genoa in 1576.    Explore the Palazzo Reale, built in the 17th century by the Balbi family, based on the designs of Pier Francesco Cantone. One of the largest architectural complexes in Genoa, its reception halls are decorated with frescoes, stuccos, paintings, sculptures, furniture, and fittings belonging to the noble and royal families who lived there. Some of the most important names in Baroque and Rococo decorative art frescoed the vaulted ceiling of the living rooms and galleries. Among the more than 100 paintings on display are works by the greatest 17th-century Genoese artists. Other works on display are masterpieces by Anton Van Dyck, Tintoretto, Guercino, Luca Giordano, Ferdinand Voet, and Bassano.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 306 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.

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.

First time on a Segway! The guide was super helpful I. Getting us used to it. Thoroughly enjoyed riding these around and so much information!

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