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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.

Genova : Boat Tour to Camogli, San Fruttuoso, & Portofino

2. Genova : Boat Tour to Camogli, San Fruttuoso, & Portofino

Experience a full-day boating excursion and discover three of the most charming villages in Liguria: Camogli, San Fruttuoso, and Portofino. You can choose to visit all 3 villages, or just stop and enjoy one or two of them when booking. The ferry connects the charming fishing villages of Camogli and San Fruttuoso while offering visitors a boat trip around Golfo Paradiso with stunning views and unforgettable sights. Depart from Genova in the morning aboard the motorboat Città di Camogli and enjoy panoramic coastal views on your way to the harbor of Camogli. If you choose to visit San Fruttuoso, you will find a charming fishing village located on the promontory of Portofino and the Abbey of San Fruttuoso. After leaving the dock from Camogli, passengers will catch sight of beautiful views of the tiny village. Next, you'll be able to admire the majesty of Portofino mountain, the pudding-stone landmark outcrop of Punta Chiappa. Then you'll pass the exclusive hamlet of San Fruttuoso, followed by the famous Hermit's Grotto and the Cala dell'Oro. Both of these locations are protected areas where boats are prohibited. In Portofino, you will find the awe-inspiring blue sea, the lush green vegetation at the edge of the cliffs, and the elegance of villas along the coast. Passengers often sight striped bottle-nosed dolphins and the other dolphins that live in these coastal waters.

From Genoa: Roundtrip Boat Tour to Portofino

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

From Genoa: Full-Day Cinque Terre Sightseeing Cruise

7. From Genoa: Full-Day Cinque Terre Sightseeing Cruise

Embark on a day's outing and explore the wonders of Liguria, or the Italian Riviera, by boat. Feel the sea breeze on your face as you're transported to the historic seaside village area known as Cinque Terre. Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites and soak up the charming Ligurian culture. Begin your tour with a morning departure from Genoa. Your first stop will be Camogli, located on the Golfo Paradiso. Take in the stunning, colorful coastline of this seaside town against the beautiful, blue-green waters of the Ligurian Sea. Your tour continues onward to Monterosso, where you'll disembark and have three hours to explore the town before moving on to the rest of the celebrated Cinque Terre area. Visit Vernazza, Corniglia, Riomaggiore, and Manarola, then watch the towns slip past you as you cruise back to Genoa.

Genova: Segway Tour

8. 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: Lighthouse Entrance Ticket

9. Genoa: Lighthouse Entrance Ticket

Take in great views of the city while walking through a major piece of this history with entrance tickets to the Lighthouse of Genoa. Visit the third-oldest lighthouse in the world. Take the 800-meter seaside path overlooking the harbor and enjoy the open-air museum. Check out the ancient fortifications. This still-functioning lighthouse is a major part of Genoa's long maritime history. Climb to the top for great views of the city.

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Genoa

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,495 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!

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

very good experience and every thing is well managed.