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Doge's Palace, Genoa

Doge's Palace, Genoa

Doge's Palace, Genoa: Our most recommended tours and activities

Genoa: Hop-on Hop-off Tour Ticket

1. Genoa: Hop-on Hop-off Tour Ticket

Genoa, included among the Unesco world heritage sites, is the capital of Liguria and the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Climb aboard the panoramic buses and observe the numerous monuments and grandiose buildings dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries that stand along Strada Nuova. With the ticket valid for 24 or 48 hours you can admire both the historic center and the seafront of Corso Italia. This bus is also an ideal way to reach shopping places. Thanks to the possibility of getting on and off at any stop, you can visit attractions such as the cathedral of San Lorenzo, built in different styles ranging from Gothic to Renaissance and Palazzo Ducale. The best art collections can be visited in three different buildings of the Strada Nuova Museums. See Rubens' masterpieces alongside other works by Italian and local artists. Enjoy the 360° panorama from the second floor of the bus. Treat yourself to a stroll along the elegant Via Garibaldi, located in the cultural heart of Genoa, lined with imposing buildings and refined shops. Near the Porto Antico you will find numerous attractions suitable for the whole family, including the Aquarium where you can watch the dolphin show. Buses leave daily, every 20-30 minutes, until late afternoon, when you can give yourself some time to discover the city's lively nightlife. The heart of the city is represented by the ancient part of Genoa, up to the border marked by Piazza Sarzano and via San Lorenzo. With the ticket valid for 24 or 48 hours you can also board the buses the following day and stop at the lift that takes you to the Spianata Castelletto panoramic point. While admiring the most beautiful monuments of Genoa, you have the opportunity to listen to the informative commentary of the audio guide available in different languages. Historical Route- Red Line Stops 1) Acquario 2) Garibaldi 3) De Ferrari 4) Brignole Train Station 5) Via XX Settembre 6) Carignano 7) Corvetto 8) Portello - Spianata Castelletto 9) Principe Train Station 10) Cruise Terminal 11) Mei Coastline Route - Blue Line Stops 1) Acquario 2) Garibaldi 3) De Ferrari 4) Piazza della Vittoria 5) Boccadasse 6) Levante Water Front - upon request 7) Via XX Settembre 8) Galleria Mazzini 9) Portello- Spianata Castelletto 10) Principe Train Station 11) Cruise Terminal

From Milan: Genova & Portofino Full-Day Tour

2. From Milan: Genova & Portofino Full-Day Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Milan on a full-day sightseeing tour of 3 gems of the Ligurian Coast. Departing by bus from central Milan, drive south to the capital of Liguria and the largest seaport in Italy at Genova (Genoa). Nicknamed “La Superba” ("Superb One"), due to its impressive landmarks, part of the old town was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006. Explore streets rich in art, gastronomy and architecture. The birthplace of Christopher Columbus, its role in maritime history is beyond compare. Once one of the "Maritime Republics,” along with Venice, Pisa, and Amalfi, the ornate buildings and monuments reveal a rich story of trade and shipbuilding. Next, relax at the pearl of the Ligurian Sea at Portofino, a small village that dates back to the Roman period. Its glittering harbor and colorful waterfront houses have made it a much sought-after destination among celebrities, while its Roman name of Portus Delphini (Port of the Dolphin) reflects the large number of dolphins that inhabited the Tigullian Gulf. End your tour at Santa Margherita Ligure, where the maritime scenery and turquoise sea blends beautifully with the green of the Ligurian hills, colorful fishing boats bob in the harbor, and picturesque fishermen’s houses transport you back to a less hurried time.

Genoa: City Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and Tour

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

Get to know Genoa at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. An ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children. Can be used as a great team-building activity. 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. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. 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: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Genoa City Pass

4. Genoa: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Genoa City Pass

Make the most of your time in Genoa with a city card that grants you access to the city's top attractions as well as public transportation tickets and a choice of other attractions including walking tours, bike rentals, and Segway tours (according to the option selected). With the 24-hour pass, enjoy access to two attractions of your choice, as well as the use of public transportation and a guided tour of Carlo Felice Theatre Opera House. Choose one of the following: • Strada Nuova Museums (Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Doria Tursi)• D'Albertis Castle - Museum of World Cultures • Ascent to the Towers of San Lorenzo Cathedral • Doge's Palace In addition, choose one of the following: • Galata Sea Museum and Nazario Sauro Submarine • Lanterna Museum (Genoa Lighthouse) The 48-hour pass includes local public transportation use as well as all of the following:• Strada Nuova Museums (Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Doria Tursi)• Ascent to the Towers of San Lorenzo Cathedral• Doge's Palace • Galata Sea Museum and Nazario Sauro Submarine• Lanterna Museum (Genoa Lighthouse)• Carlo Felice Theatre Opera House guided tour The 72-hour pass includes public transportation and the following attractions:1) All included:• Carlo Felice Theatre Opera House guided tour• Royal Palace and Palazzo Spinola di Pellicceria• Ascent to the Towers of San Lorenzo Cathedral• Doge's Palace  2) Choose one of the following: • City walking tour• City Segway tour 3) Choose three of the below attractions:• Strada Nuova Museums (Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Doria Tursi)• D'Albertis Castle - Museum of World Cultures• Villa Croce Museum of Contemporary Art• Museum of the Risorgimento• Museum of Natural History• Wolfsoniana Museum 4) Choose one of the following: • Electric bike rental• Hop-on hop-off bus tour

Genoa: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

5. Genoa: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. 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 with the magnificent buildings that surround it. Photograph Santa Maria delle Vigne with its unique white facade and let yourself be lost in the imposing Palazzo San Giorgio with its unique 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. Still the palazzo Ducale mansion will fill the memory of your mobile phone, as it is the heart of Genoa. Admire the Piazza de Ferrari famous for its bronze fountain. The imposing Porta Soprana will captivate you, while Christopher Columbus' House it will be the icing on the cake of this unique tour since it will show you the house of the most famous Genoese ever born!

Genoa for you: the Old City Walking Tour

6. Genoa for you: the Old City Walking Tour

Set out from the meeting point at the Old Port and immerse yourself in the city center while discovering the most picturesque spots in town. Feel the charm and beauty of one of the largest medieval city centers of Europe by strolling between the historic and traditional alleyways. Admire the beautiful facades, courtyards, several palaces like Palazzo san Giorgio, the old Genoese bank, Palazzo Ducale, the seat of the Doge, the Cathedral, and much more. Photograph the Piazza De Ferrari with elegant twentieth-century architecture and the main meeting and shopping area in town. Marvel at Via Garibaldi, the heart of the Unesco site with its "Palazzi", frescoes, and decorations.

Genoa: City Exploration Game and Tour

7. Genoa: City Exploration Game and Tour

Combine the excitement of a sightseeing city tour with a exploration game fun on this self-guided smartphone walking tour in Genoa. Find attractions easily with the app's navigation function. Download the app and start the game by going to the first location. Use observation, logic, imagination, and teamwork to solve the riddle at each location, the riddles are always hard. Pause the app at any point if you want to take a break, stop for coffee, or spend some more time visiting one of the sights. Play the game at your own pace. 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: Finance and Nobility Self-Guided Audio Tour

8. Genoa: Finance and Nobility Self-Guided Audio Tour

The apparent low profile of the today's city hides a past of sly and smart businessmen who had made luxury a habit, as UNESCO has discovered. If you like the unexpected, follow this Arianna's thread in the labyrinth of the Genoese alleys, around the highlights, to discover behind almost every corner secret beauties and breathtaking works of art. You'll give a look at the main points of interest of the town with the eyes of a local who loves to share the authentic - not only the popular - and believes that a tour must be more than dates and figures: I'll take you by the hand into my Genova! Some highlights include • Stories of the inhabitants of the opulent medieval residences • The interiors of Genoa’s richest church • Hear about the first football club in Italy • A historical confectionary shop • Find out why a 16th century fountain is inside a department store • Take in the splendour of the fountain in the Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari

Genoa's Historical Centre Outdoor Escape Game

9. Genoa's Historical Centre Outdoor Escape Game

Play a city game where you’ll follow clues to discover one of Europe’s most important ports, Genoa. You’ll see many buildings and landmarks, such as the Ducal palace or St. Lawrence Cathedral, which was of major political importance, along with some lesser-known hidden gems. You’ll also find out how the city became a maritime power in the Mediterranean Sea. Are you ready to explore Genoa? The app offers precise directions through the city. Play at your own pace. Feel free to pause and explore your surroundings whenever you wish. After you book the game, you’ll get an email with instructions on how to play. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own voucher. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Genoa: Private City Walking Tour with Guide

10. Genoa: Private City Walking Tour with Guide

Genoa is to be discovered. With this private tour you will learn about some of the most significant places in the most densely built historic center in Europe, among very tall houses, alleys and squares, noble palaces and precious churches, you will breathe in the charm and tradition of a city at the crossroads of peoples, rich in history, hidden treasures and suggestive corners. The route winds through caruggi and small squares, opening onto the Cathedral, Palazzo Ducale and Strada Nuova. Genoa is a city extremely tied to traditions, and its streets are dotted with ancient shops where time seems to have stopped.

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What people are saying about Doge's Palace, Genoa

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 122 reviews

There are hop on bus team at outside entrance and you need to show this ticket purchased for them to give a voucher which will be used during getting on bus. The bus stop is just opposite the road. Very nice tour, audio worked well. A small town with lots of historical buildings.

We arrived in Genoa by train and right when we left the Príncipe station there was the bus stop...both lines pass through very interesting areas.

Good route and information. Sadly out of everyone control, the weather was not the best to explore all the great things of the area.

Very good number of busses. No issues waiting. All on time and audio was good

The tour made us discover a different Genoa. Excellent guide