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Top 10 things to do 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.

  • Via Garibaldi

    1. Via Garibaldi

    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.

  • Palazzo Bianco

    2. Palazzo Bianco

    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.

  • Cathedral of San Lorenzo

    3. Cathedral of San Lorenzo

    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.

  • Aquarium of Genoa

    4. Aquarium of Genoa

    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.

  • Palazzi dei Rolli

    5. Palazzi dei Rolli

    Having once provided ostentatious lodgings for royals on state visits, an incredible 46 of these 163 palaces are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

  • Piazza De Ferrari

    6. Piazza De Ferrari

    Surrounded by Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, this piazza – and its magnificent fountain – provides the perfect jumping-off point for Genoa sightseeing tours!

  • Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato

    7. Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato

    Step inside this Mannerist church to see the contrasting Baroque interior. Its striking frescoes include the cupola masterpiece by Giovanni Andrea Ansaldo.

  • Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno

    8. Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno

    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.

  • Natural History Museum of Giacomo Doria

    9. Natural History Museum of Giacomo Doria

    Genoa's Natural History Museum contains over four million specimens from across the world. Check out the huge woolly mammoth skeleton!

  • Edoardo Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art

    10. Edoardo Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art

    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.

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Planning Your Visit

  • Does Genoa have beaches?

    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!

  • How many days?

    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.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    Genoa 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

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 946 reviews

Best tour ever!! Unmissable! Matt was an amazing tour guide and so knowledgeable about the city, he answered any questions we had and we were able to get a real for the city! Matt made the segways so easy to use and feel safe, can not recommend enough!!!

We had a fantastic time with our guide Pier for 3-hour tour. He was amazing and knowledgeable about the city. It was a wonderful introduction to Genoa. Highly recommend to new comers.

It was a great tour full of interesting information of the history of Genova. Also the guide was very friendly and used to do this, perfect English and humor!

The experience is amazing but sometimes I found the order of the animals a little bit confusing. It is worth of money value.

Very big and nice aquarium, i and my doughter enjoy a lot. Dolphins are amazing.