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Genoa: World-Famous Aquarium and Lighthouse Combo Ticket

1. 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.

Guided Tour of Rolli Palaces UNESCO Site, Genoa

2. Guided Tour of Rolli Palaces UNESCO Site, Genoa

Visit the wonderful Genoese residences of the XVI century and join this guided tour of the Rolli Palaces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A guided tour of some of the most sumptuous residences built by the aristocratic Genoese families during the so-called “ Secolo d’Oro“ (“The Golden Century”), between the 16th and 17th century. The System of the "Palazzi dei Rolli" includes splendid palaces with open staircases, courtyards and loggias overlooking gardens. The palaces, positioned at different levels, were part of a network of public hospitality houses for state visits, as decreed by the Senate of the Republic of Genoa in 1576. The “Rolli” (named from the parchment rolls in which the palaces were inscribed) were subdivided into three “bussoli”, balloting lists, where the palaces were registered according to their richness and dimension. Lots were drawn to decide which palace would have the privilege - and the duty - of playing host to visiting state dignitaries. The first “bussolo” was for cardinals, princes and viceroys, the second for large scale landowners and third for princes of lesser standing and ambassadors: the first example of hôtellerie in Europe. The “Rolli” were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006. These exclusive and elegantly decorated residences did not escape the eye of a fine artist as the great Flemish painter Rubens, who at the beginning of the 17th century published a book collecting the drawings of these buildings as a residential model for the Antwerp nobility. Experience a piece of Italy's extravagant Golden Century in Genoa.

Genoa: Lighthouse Entrance Ticket

3. 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 for you: the Old City Walking Tour

4. 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: Palazzi dei Roll and Palazzo Reale Guided Tour

5. Genoa: Palazzi dei Roll and Palazzo Reale Guided Tour

See some of the most sumptuous residences built by the aristocratic Genoese families on guided tour of the Palazzi dei Roll, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built during the Golden Century, the grounds include splendid open staircases, courtyards, and loggias overlooking gardens. The Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli in Genoa’s historic center date from the late 16th and early 17th centuries when the Republic of Genoa was at the height of its financial and seafaring power. Discover the palaces positioned on different levels that were part of a network of public hospitality houses for state visits, as decreed by the Senate of the Republic of Genoa in 1576.    Explore the Palazzo Reale, built in the 17th century by the Balbi family, based on the designs of Pier Francesco Cantone. One of the largest architectural complexes in Genoa, its reception halls are decorated with frescoes, stuccos, paintings, sculptures, furniture, and fittings belonging to the noble and royal families who lived there. Some of the most important names in Baroque and Rococo decorative art frescoed the vaulted ceiling of the living rooms and galleries. Among the more than 100 paintings on display are works by the greatest 17th-century Genoese artists. Other works on display are masterpieces by Anton Van Dyck, Tintoretto, Guercino, Luca Giordano, Ferdinand Voet, and Bassano.

Genoa: Historic Guided Tour of Christopher Columbus' House

6. Genoa: Historic Guided Tour of Christopher Columbus' House

Ticket: Escorted tour of Casa di Colombo Not far from Porta Soprana, just outside the ancient medieval walls, is the Casa di Colombo, where the discoverer of the Americas lived in his youth. According to archival documents, Domenico Colombo, father of the great navigator, moved here in 1455, when Christopher was four years old. The ground floor of the house was used as a workshop; an attic with wooden beams divides it from the upper floor, where the rooms for private use were located. Ticket: Escorted tour of Casa di Colombo Not far from Porta Soprana, just outside the ancient medieval walls, is the Casa di Colombo, where the discoverer of the Americas lived in his youth. According to archival documents, Domenico Colombo, father of the great navigator, moved here in 1455, when Christopher was four years old. The ground floor of the house was used as a workshop; an attic with wooden beams divides it from the upper floor, where the rooms for private use were located.

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Very thorough and informative guide with a pleasant manner. We particularly liked the fact that she gave the English speakers as much information and time as the Italian speakers, even though there were only 3 of us and lots of them! The app did take us to a building some yards away from the meeting point but we did manage to find it.

Barbara is a great guide, she does know a lot about the houses. In one of the places they were preparing a wedding but they still let us in. The time went by and I didn't feel the 2 and a half hours.

The tour was very good, we learned a lot more detail about Christopher Columbus and his life. If you are in Genoa, you should take this tour.

Interesting and stimulating visit for those who, like me, don't know the city and have little time.

Very nice panorama and kind staff the guard at the top of the tower explained the port to us a bit