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OUR GUIDED TOURS IN GENOA

GenovaGuide has come up with itineraries perfect for discovering the authentic soul of the city. Genoa is beautiful & with a local guide it’s another story

GENOA FOR FIRST TIMERS

Duration: 3 hours

One of our favorites & best seller!

This tour includes some of the most important sites of the city: the Cathedral of San Lorenzo (inside visit
according to Mass and opening time), Via Garibaldi, with some of the most beautiful mansions of the XVI
century (entry in some courtyards to admire frescoes and fountains if during opening times), the house of
birth of Cristopher Columbus (outside), Piazza De Ferrari with the Opera House and Palazzo Ducale
(courtyard), Palazzo San Giorgio, the first bank of Italy (outside) and a walk through the fascinating medieval
district.
The tour will also give you the opportunity to learn about real Italian and local cuisine, its history and
traditions, while visiting artworks and monuments.

TASTE AND TRADITION

Duration: 3 hours, from Monday to Saturday

Even if this is your first time in Genoa you will have heard of pesto and focaccia, culinary specialties that
make your mouth water even on the page.

Let us help you discover the true flavours of our city through anecdotes, traditions and interesting facts about
Genoa from the coast to the countryside. Our famous street food will evoke the aromas and flavours of the
past in the many shops of the historical centre.
Walking through the lesser-known streets of the old town, we will share delicious secrets: we will enter the
heart of the medieval city through the Sottoripa arcade and explore its wine cellars, colonial shops, grocery
stores and fried food. There will be a compulsory stop at the sciamadde, where you will have the chance to
try typical Genoese street food: vegetable pies and farinata baked exclusively in wood ovens.

HISTORICAL AND ARTISAN CRAFTS: THE SOUL OF THE OLD CITY

Duration: 3 hours, from Monday to Saturday

The old town of Genoa is still home to a strong concentration of historical and artisan shops, which are the key to understanding both the past and the present of the city.

 

We will take you to the heart of old Genoa, passing by antique sweet shops and patisseries where you can buy a delicious souvenir, characteristic tripe stands, colourful fabric stores and elegant shoemakers. We will stop to admire some artisan crafts.

With our tour shopping in Genoa becomes an historical and engaging experience, suitable for the whole
family.

Vertical Genoa – Urban Trekking

Duration: 3 hours

Genoa is a vertical city!

The panoramic lift takes us to 𝗦𝗽𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗮 𝗖𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗼, from where you can enjoy an enchanting view of the city and its port.

With a short walk we arrive at the imposing building of the Albergo dei Poveri, erected in the mid-1600s as a new shelter intended to give hospitality to the city’s poor, to continue on to the suggestive 𝗤𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗹 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗲.

We are a stone’s throw from the university heart, yet we will find ourselves in another dimension, made of timeless corners, where we find alleys with sweet and evocative names, such as vico del Cioccolatte, dello Zucchero, hidden and suggestive squares, such as Piazza della Giuggiola and Piazza San Bartolomeo dell’Olivella, where the ancient church and the adjoining convent that housed the Circestensi nuns still stand.

We will continue to Piazza del Carmine where we will see the ancient church and a valuable votive shrine, to finally reach Piazza dell’Annunziata.

The Golden Age – the Genoese Renaissance 

Duration: 3 hours

The XVI century, a period of great splendor, called the “Golden Age,” begins with the alliance that the Republic of Genoa stipulates with Spain.

A journey through where some of most beautiful churches and some of the most elegant Palazzi are located. Palazzi which were part of the “Sistema dei Rolli”, splendid residences of the richest families used to accommodate important State guests on official visits to the city, a unique testimony to the wealth and splendor attained by the Republic of Genoa.

THE MONUMENTAL CEMETERY OF STAGLIENO


Duration: 3 hours


The Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno represents for the Genoese not only a place of remembrance, but also a fascinating artistic and historic testimony.

 It is a real open-air museum, with hundreds of statues lined up in the elegant galleries, arcades and funeral chapels that are an important evidence of sculpture in Liguria between the XIX and XX centuries. There are various styles used by sculptors: from realism, neo-Gothic and neo-Renaissance to Art Nouveau and Symbolism.

You will be able to pay homage to the illustrious remains of celebrated citizens such as Fabrizio de André and Gilberto Govi, or sigh at the grave of Lady Constance Wilde, the unhappy wife of Oscar Wilde. Under the shade of the trees in the forest area rests Giuseppe Mazzini, together with many Garibaldini and heroes of the Italian Risorgimento.

A DAY IN GENOA


Duration: 6 hours

Do you have a whole day to discover the city? 

We can combine two itineraries, create a personalised tour or add a visit to one of the splendid Museums or historical Palazzi of Genoa (entrances on request)
The selection is vast, we are here to help: tell us about your interests, tastes and preferences.

OUR GUIDED TOURS iN THE ITALIAN RIVIERA

Nature that plunges directly into the sea, coastal pines lapped by the water, small yet surprising bays and colourful villages built on precarious rocks beaten by the waves: the Riviera east of Genoa offers breathtaking landscapes.

GenovaGuide will show you the best the region has to offer, sharing, as always, its most curious secrets.

THE THREE PEARLS OF THE TIGULLIO GULF:
PORTOFINO, SANTA MARGHERITA AND RAPALLO

Duration: approx. 7 hours 


They call them the “Three Pearls” of the Tigullio Gulf: three stunning destinations where you can truly breathe in the most refined, sophisticated and yet authentic air in Liguria.

We will arrive in Portofino, the pride of the eastern Riviera and one of the most famous international tourist destinations in Liguria since the fifties. The stunning bay is home to the ancient “Portus Delphini”, once a quiet fishing village and now an exclusive village with its tall and colourful houses, where you are likely to run into celebrities under the generous sun of the Levant.

We will continue on to Santa Margherita Ligure, where elegance reigns supreme in even the most hidden corners. We will stroll between the brightly coloured houses, trompe-l’œil facades and art nouveau hotels. And of course we will stop to admire the enchanting church dedicated to the Madonna of the Rose. 

Our tour will end in Rapallo, where you can wander the typical streets of the old town, full of shops, cafés and restaurants, before surrendering to the call of the sea along the promenade lined with elegant art nouveau cafés and a spectacular view of the Gulf. 

PARADISE GULF: CAMOGLI AND SAN FRUTTUOSO

Duration: approx. 7 hours

 If you want to discover the maritime soul and wild side of the Riviera, you cannot miss the Paradise Gulf. 

Let yourself be captivated by the charming Camogli, an old fishing town that welcomes seafarers with its unmistakable row of tall, colourful houses. We will walk through the maze of narrow alleys and passageways that lead to the small beach in the shadow of the church, and to the tiny harbour with its typical Ligurian fishing boats. 

We will then visit San Fruttuoso, a fascinating destination that dates back to the 9th century, which is still only accessible by boat or on foot. We will reach a small bay with pristine, crystal-clear waters, which surrounds the small village and Benedictine complex of San Fruttuoso, restored to its former glory by the Italian Environmental Fund (FAI)

A DAY BETWEEN GENOA AND PORTOFINO

Duration: 7 hours

 

Anyone with a day to spare should not miss out on the luxury of visiting Portofino. Together we will reach Santa Margherita and follow the beautiful coastline all the way to Portofino, where there will be time to discover the characteristic streets embraced by the sea. Then we will return to Genoa, where we will take a scenic tour perfect for taking amazing shots. We will end the day in the old town, the largest and best preserved in Europe, where you will have the chance to try our focaccia and be amazed step after step by the hidden wonders of the city.  

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All the tours can be customized to your needs and interests

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