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Aquarium of Genoa: Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Aquarium of Genoa: Skip-the-Line Ticket

Make your way to the Aquarium of Genoa to see more than 15,000 animals from 400 species at Italy's largest aquatic zoo. Skip the line, and learn how the aquarium was built for the Genoa Expo '92. Now, it is home to the biggest display of aquatic biodiversity in Europe. Venture into the fascinating waters of the world as you explore more than 70 tanks of critters, including sea cows. Marvel at animals from the Antarctic, such as penguins, and see sharks, seals, jellyfish and the colorful fish of the coral barriers. Go to the Cetacean Pavilion, designed by Renzo Piano, and laugh along with the bottlenose dolphins at 4 open-air pools.

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Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa with Lunch

2. Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa with Lunch

Immerse yourself in the largest aquatic biodiversity exhibition in Europe. Stroll through the world's most fascinating seas and waters as you discover the ocean and enjoy an unforgettable experience. In spectacular settings, enjoy new thematic itineraries to get to know all the secrets, curiosities, and details of a place that never ceases to surprise and excite. Enrich your visit with lunch at the Tender Cafè, which is a fast food bar inside the Aquarium of Genoa which has a splendid terrace overlooking the port of Genoa. It will be there that you can taste and discover Ligurian and Genoese specialties. Lunch is Genoese focaccia with burrata cheese, cherry tomatoes, chips, or a salad. Lunch also includes 1 drink of your choice.

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Genoa: Aquarium and Andy Warhol Exhibition Combined Ticket

3. Genoa: Aquarium and Andy Warhol Exhibition Combined Ticket

Get access to the 12,000 specimens at the Genoa aquarium and learn more about the pop icon Andy Warhol at the Andy Warhol Exhibition with this combined ticket that is valid between November 11th, 2021 and March 27th 2022. Visit the 70 tanks at the Genoa Aquarium to get up close to marine life like penguins, dolphins, sea cows, and jellyfish. Experience the predators of the sea at Shark Bay. Find out more about the famous artist Andy Warhol at the Andy Warhol Exhibition. Journey through the life and works of this colorful and chaotic artist. Deepen your understanding this pop art superstar.

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Genoa: Lighthouse Entrance Ticket

4. 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.

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Genoa: Aquarium and FantaCinema Combined Ticket

5. Genoa: Aquarium and FantaCinema Combined Ticket

See tanks with beautiful and strange aquatic life at the Genoa Aquarium. Discover creatures from the Ligurian Sea, the North Atlantic and Caribbean reefs. Watch dolphins, penguins, and sea cows play in their habitats. Visit the playful past of fantasy cinema at FantaCinema. View original pieces, memorabilia, statues, articles, and posters. Learn how the cinema of fantasy was born and how it developed. Listen to soundtracks of cult films as you tour the exhibits. Look at cult objects such as the famous "the machine of tempo” original used by Zemeckis in the movie Back to the Future, or the original costumes from Alien and Star Wars. Walk though the Harry Potter and Game of Kings sections.

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Genoa: Guided Walking Tour

6. Genoa: Guided Walking Tour

Wander through the history of Genoa with a guide on a walking tour. See the most interesting artistic and historical treasures in the historic center. Go through the Porto Antico and make your way through the medieval parts of the city. See the Collina de Castello, the Cathedral, and various Baroque structures. Learn about the golden age of Genoa through its architecture before ending up in the modern part of the city at Piazza de Ferrari.

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Genoa: FantaCinema Museum Entry Ticket

7. Genoa: FantaCinema Museum Entry Ticket

Book your entry ticket to FantaCinema Museum and immerse yourself in original pieces, memorabilia, statues, articles, and posters from your favorite films while learning how fantasy cinema was born and how it developed. Discover cult objects such as the famous DeLorean, the original time machine by Zemeckis in “Back to the Future” and the original costumes from “Alien” and “Star Wars.” Enter other worlds as you explore sections dedicated to the Harry Potter films and the section featuring the sword fight between the medieval-fantasy warriors of “Game of Kings.” Feel the magic of mythical scenes with the help of popular films' soundtracks. See what it would be like to be the protagonist. Stop at the section dedicated to shooting, editing, and projection tools and an engaging section dedicated to entertainment to get a glimpse of what takes place behind the scenes.

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Genoa Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

8. Genoa Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Enjoy a 2.5-hour private guided tour of Genoa, taking in the large seaport and the amazing architecture of one of Italy's major economic centers. Experience the charm and artistic heritage of the city’s UNESCO-listed medieval center. Starting from the renovated harbor, walk through the intricate maze of medieval alleys to the Gothic-Romanesque St. Lawrence Cathedral. Continue to Piazza de Ferrari, where you’ll find the Opera House, the Palace of the Doges and the Academy of Fine Arts. Pass by Piazza San Matteo before the guided walk ends in Via Garibaldi. Admire some splendid historical buildings and palaces, which represent the "Golden Era" of the ancient Republic of Genova.

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Genoa: Historical Centre City Exploration Game

9. Genoa: Historical Centre City Exploration Game

Here's a sneak peek at the storyline: “Last night you had a strange dream about a woman in a dark crimson gown. She was on a mysterious ship that docked in Genoa and made the guards bring you to her. On your way to the bakery, you spot her guards, who start running towards you.” As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. So, are you up for an exciting city game?. The city game starts at Piazza Dante. It will take you around 1.5 to 2 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at Calata Falcone e Borsellino. After your booking, you will receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. 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 download and play the city game on their phones. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase.

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Genoa: Private Tour with a Local

10. Genoa: Private Tour with a Local

With this welcoming tour, transform traveling philosophy: make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his or her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet wherever you're staying to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, discover the easiest ways to get around and learn about the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information needed to make the most of your stay.

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What people are saying about Genoa

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 88 reviews

Extravagant and engaging experience. Alessandro was a nice guide, he told us and sang Genoese anecdotes in the best way, making us walk in his company through the historic center of Genoa passing through alternative carucci. TRY IT

Best idea I ever had, far away from all the touristic spots and listening to all the Genova secrets. Highly recommended and again, thanks to my Tour guide, with a lot of Espressi and the Best Focaccia in town.

Super nice and amazing guy!!! Did a fantastic job giving us a tour of Genova. He made it fun and adventurous and even shared with us some original songs that he had made of the city and its history.

E stato bellissimo. Sempre volevo vedere Acquario e tutto era come in descrizione sul sito :)

The guide was very good and passionate and showed us unique aspects of the city