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From Genoa: Roundtrip Boat Tour to Portofino

1. 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: Guided Walking Tour

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

Genoa Market Tour and Home Cooking Class

6. Genoa Market Tour and Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Go food shopping like a local with your host, enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land.  Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

Genova: Segway Tour

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

10. Genoa: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a local's home, enjoying an exclusive show cooking and tasting authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian "Mammas". This experience will allow you to feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. You will enjoy a 4-course menu including a starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, and dessert, with drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars and coffee).

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What people are saying about Genoa

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 363 reviews

I really enjoyed the tour! It was in Italian and English, and as an English speaker I didn't feel left out and really enjoyed hearing our guide speak in Italian too, a wonderful experience! We also got museum passes which was great to continue exploring with afterwards.

Very nice food cooked on the spot by welcoming host Daniele. Was interesting to hear more about the city and the customs from someone who lived there for long time. Would recommend!

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!

Very well organised and ferries on time. Fantastic views and beautiful villages. Snorkelling in camogli was amazing

Beautiful cities, the first one Camogli was nice, the trip was worth it 100%