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

Product ID: 13191
Join this 2-hour guided walking tour and discover the many treasures of Genoa’s historical city center. Follow the labyrinth of narrow alleys through the city, visit the splendid Palazzi dei Rolli, and admire the artwork at the Strada Nuova Museums.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Italian, French, English, Spanish
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • See the Palazzi dei Rolli, the magnificent residences used by the Genoese Republic to host nobles and authorities visiting the city
  • Follow the labyrinth of narrow alleys (“Caruggi”) through Genoa and discover the treasures at every corner of the historical center
  • Admire the artwork at the Strada Nuova Museums, including important collections from the 15th to 18th centuries
  • Visit San Matteo Square, which symbolizes the power of the Doria family, one of Genoa’s most important families
  • See San Lorenzo Cathedral, the Romanesque gothic church housing many religious objects including the “Sacro Catino”, believed to be the Holy Grail
  • Visit Doge Palace, the government seat of the Republic for centuries
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 belonging 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.
Includes
  • Access to the Strada Nuova Museums
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities (optional)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Tourist Information Office, Area Porto Antico - Palazzina Santa Maria, Via al Porto Antico 2

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Important information
Know before you go
• The tour will take place in two languages with a bilingual guide
• Tour Timetable:
Saturdays 10:00 - tour in Italian and English
Sundays 10:00 - tours in Italian, English, French, and Spanish
• 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 282 reviews

Review summary

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    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
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    4.6 / 5
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Excellent English speaking guide proceeded many interesting facts

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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May 2, 2019

Very interesting

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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April 7, 2019

We took the 3-hour guided tour in English and Italian and the guide was very knowledgeable about the places and history behind the buildings and alleys.

December 10, 2019

Organized by

Genova Tourism Board

Product ID: 13191