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Rome, Venice, Florence, and Milan might share Italy's more famous landmarks, but Genoa's display of lesser-known treasures is simply breathtaking! Here's what to see in one of the Mediterranean's largest and most resplendent cities.

Via Garibaldi

Though barely an alleyway, the Via Garibaldi is flanked by several grand palaces! The Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco, and Palazzo Tursi can all be toured on a single ticket.

Palazzo Bianco

Of the palaces on Via Garibaldi, this is the real must-see. Its Gallery of the White Palace offers a comprehensive run-down of European painting from the 12th to the 17th century.

Cathedral of San Lorenzo

Genoa Cathedral dates back to the 12th century, although it exhibits Gothic and Renaissance flashes too. Visit its Museum of the Treasury to see medieval jewellery and silverware.

Aquarium of Genoa

The world-class "Acquario di Genova" is one of the largest aquariums in Europe. Spend an afternoon gazing at dolphins, sharks, sturgeon, stingrays and other beguiling sea creatures.

Palazzi dei Rolli

Having once provided ostentatious lodgings for royals on state visits, an incredible 46 of these 163 palaces are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

Piazza De Ferrari

Surrounded by Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, this piazza – and its magnificent fountain – provides the perfect jumping-off point for Genoa sightseeing tours!

Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato

Step inside this Mannerist church to see the contrasting Baroque interior. Its striking frescoes include the cupola masterpiece by Giovanni Andrea Ansaldo.

Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno

This hillside cemetery is famous for its huge sculptural monuments. The extravagant graves were a bourgeoisie fashion of the 19th-century and are simply fascinating to look at.

Natural History Museum of Giacomo Doria

Genoa's Natural History Museum contains over four million specimens from across the world. Check out the huge woolly mammoth skeleton!

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Edoardo Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art

You'll want to explore the stunning Villetta di Negro on a sunny day, but we'd urge you to make time for the park's museum, which hosts an extraordinary collection of Asian art.

Planning Your Genoa Visit

Does Genoa have beaches?

Yes! For the city's best free beaches, head to Quarto, Quinto, Nervi, or even take a boat to San Fruttuoso in Camogli Bay to sunbathe on the sands in front of a 10th-century monastery!

How many days?

Tourists often mistake Genoa for a small place. Although you could have your sightseeing covered within two or three days, there's plenty to do across the city, and with the enchanting Cinque Terre just 2 hours away by train, you wouldn't regret booking closer to a week.

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  • Best time to visit
    Genoa is in its prime late spring through early fall. High tourist season is in July and August, but in the case of this coastal town, the influx feels quite jubilant!

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What People Are Saying About Genoa

Knowledgeable guide, but sometimes difficult to hear.

Excellent familiarization tour, didn't like it being for both Italian and English. Also, make it a professional tour and give guides a microphone and provide earpieces so people can hear what's being said. The value of the tour is easily worth another $5 to $10.

Great 2 hour tour to understand Genoa's basics

We had Anna as our (group of 16) tour guide, and she was fabulous. The tour was both in English and Italian, but knowing a bit of Italian I know she told the same in both languages, and just as enthusiastically. Definitely a recommendation for starting one's visit to Genoa ..... and ask if you do get Anna as your guide, you will be even more fortunate.

Excellent walking tour and suitable for Families

Perfect tour and excellent guide, this tour will provide full information about the city' history in details (the tour about 1.5 hour) plus free time to visit 2 different museums at the end of the tour - tickets included. Our tour start at 10 am which was very good timing as our cruise arrived the port at 08 am, also the meeting point was short distance from the port (approx. one km) or about 20 min walk - maybe less if you don't have children with you! we had one child 5 years and one infant 10 month. After the tour we had free time to walk between the beautiful streets & had coffee, please note that our tour was on Sunday, so most of the shops was closed, also another options to do after the tour, to take the big bus & continue discovering the city if you cannot walk anymore or visit the aquarium which located in same meeting point (tourist info office). city is very clean, helpful people, easy to reach to the port by walk from anywhere, and easy to manage with children!

Informative and a great way to get a feel for the city.

Really interesting and was a lot better than going on a guided tour as you could hear clearly or stop and rewind at your leisure. We liked particular areas so we spent more time there. Also you can go at your own pace and not feel rushed. In addition, you get to keep the guides as permanent memento. Highly recommend.
Genoa Old Town 2-Hour Audio Guide Tour Reviewed by Rachel, 04/13/2015

We really enjoyed our walking tour of Genoa .

We booked this private tour instead of booking through the cruise excursion desk. In talking with others who opted for the cruise excursion we were pleased to learn our tour was smaller, more informative and personal. Thank you for a great day!

Based on 67 reviews by GetYourGuide customers