Guided tour

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

Activity provider: Genova Tourism Board
Guided tour

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

Activity provider: Genova Tourism Board
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Join this guided walking tour to discover the many treasures of Genoa’s Old Town. Follow the labyrinth of narrow alleys through the historical city and admire the artwork at the Strada Nuova Museums.

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Duration 2 hours
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English, Italian


  • See the Palazzi dei Rolli, the magnificent residences used to host people
  • Follow the labyrinth of narrow alleys and discover the treasures of the city
  • Admire the marvelous artwork at the Strada Nuova Museums and its collections
  • Visit San Matteo Square, the power of Genoa’s most important Doria family
  • Visit San Lorenzo Cathedral, the gothic church housing many religious objects
Full description

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 belonged 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.

  • Access to Strada Nuova Museums
  • Guide
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Meeting point

The starting point of the tour is the Tourist Information Center on via Garibaldi 12r.

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Important information

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  • The tour will take place in two languages with a bilingual guide
  • At the end of the itinerary the guide will introduce the Museums of Strada Nuova to the participants, who will then proceed alone. Please note that the visit to the Museums should be done on the same day of the tour
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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.

March 23, 2023

Geneo or the vertical city as our guide described it. She spoke excellent English and was very enthusiastic in explaining the importance of Genoa as a Roman port and trading centre and the golden age of the Middle Ages. Via Garibaldi the residential street of palaces of the most powerful families at that time - the Rolli palaces now a designated UNESCO world Heritage Sites. It was fascinating to hear about the Crusades bringing back the relics of St John the Baptist in the 1100’s now kept in the cathedral San Lorenzo. Birthplace of Columbus and traces of his house. We learned about the origins of the first bank Banco do S Giorgio, it’s prison history and Marco Polo’s imprisonment. We visited the medieval city, historical centre, city gates and hidden squares of interest. All in all a very enjoyable explanation of the historical town

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March 23, 2023

This was a very interesting tour of Genoa. It gave a good overview of the city , it's history and development. It was great having it in both English and Italian as it gave us the chance to see how much Italian we could understand. Barbara spoke clearly and had a nice sense of humour. I would suggest the maybe she doesn't turn away from her audience when pointing out a building as then we couldn't hear her. But it was a good tour, great value for money with 2 tickets for palazzi included, and we would recommend it.

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March 23, 2023

Product ID: 13191