Top Tours & Activities in Genoa
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Having once provided ostentatious lodgings for royals on state visits, an incredible 46 of these 163 palaces are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites!
Surrounded by Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, this piazza – and its magnificent fountain – provides the perfect jumping-off point for Genoa sightseeing tours!
Step inside this Mannerist church to see the contrasting Baroque interior. Its striking frescoes include the cupola masterpiece by Giovanni Andrea Ansaldo.
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.
Genoa's Natural History Museum contains over four million specimens from across the world. Check out the huge woolly mammoth skeleton!
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.
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!
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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+39
- Best time to visitGenoa 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
Marco met us at our hotel. We immediately started in the old Genoa area, walking through a labyrinth of alleyways (most of which we would not have walked up on our own) and streets. There were surprises at every turn and Marco's knowledge was amazing. We visited some amazing churches with unbelievably beautiful interiors which most people would not find on their own. Marco also timed the tour so that we were at an elevated position to get an amazing view over Genoa as the sun was setting. After an icecream break, the tour continued with more fantastic sights of Genoa. The evening finished off with a visit to a small eatery where we sat down to enjoy an aperitif with focaccia and quite a few side dishes (all inclusive). Marco then walked us back to our hotel. The pace of the tour was leisurely and lasted about four hours. Thank you Marco for showing us a Genoa we would never have seen without you.
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.
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.
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!
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.