15 Best Genoa Tours

Located on the Mediterranean coast of northwestern Italy, Genoa is the capital of the country’s Liguria region and has nearly 600,000 inhabitants.

This makes it one of the ten most populous cities in the country. It is also the busiest seaport in Italy, ranking 12th overall in the EU.

Dating back to the Middle Ages, Genoa was a maritime commercial center. As such, it is one of the birthplaces of the country’s wealthy business class.

The city is full of historical, cultural and artistic attractions, many of which are over a thousand years old.

Here are the 15 best tours in Genoa.

1. 24 or 48 Hours Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Ticket

Genoa hop on hop off

Hop-on hop-off tours are becoming increasingly popular among groups of tourists who prefer to spend their precious vacation on their own terms.

Depending on the option you choose, these tickets are valid for 24 or 48 hours from the date of purchase.

The tour takes place on a multi-storey bus and offers unobstructed views of many of Genoa’s main sights, such as Piazza Caricamento Acquario, Via Garibaldi and the Aquarium. Guests can leave and explore what interests them and skip the ones that don’t.

Between stops, participants will enjoy multilingual commentary provided by a free audio guide.

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2. 2-hour guided walking tour of the historic center

Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Genoa

For history and culture lovers, Genoa is a virtual treasure trove best experienced with a local guide.

This two-hour walking tour explores the city’s historic center. It includes old neighborhoods, elegant homes from bygone eras, and iconic sights such as the Opera House, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and the art galleries of Pallazo Rosso and Pallazo Bianco.

The tour begins in the old port area and winds its way through the old town’s labyrinth of narrow streets, many of which don’t get much tourist traffic.

This makes them perfect for those looking to get away from the crowds and see things from a local’s perspective.

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3. Traditional Food Tour

Traditional Food Tour

Like almost everywhere in Italy, Genoa has an amazing cuisine that includes traditional and modern food with a variety of international influences.

This food-focused three-hour tour includes the services of a local foodie. It explores Genoa’s various neighborhoods, markets and restaurants, and guests will have the opportunity to learn about local food, history and culture.

They will also meet locals, dine locally and sample a variety of dishes including fresh seafood, pasta, fresh baked goods, fresh and aged cheeses, coffee and desserts.

For maximum benefit, show up on an empty stomach.

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4. 2-Hour Audio-Guided Tour of Genoa’s Old Town

Genoa old town

Characterized by ornate palaces, idyllic fountains, historic cathedrals and neoclassical palaces, Old Genoa is one of the city’s most impressive destinations.

This short audio tour is a great value for those who don’t want to spend two hours on an overly lengthy tour guide.

Instead of a live guide, each guest was given a small audio device and headphones to describe what they saw at each tour stop.

The tour starts at Piazza Fontane Marose and ends with the old port area.

Highlights include Christopher Columbus’ house, Raleigh Palace, and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo.

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5. Genoa Aquarium Guided Tour

Genoa Aquarium

With over 10,000 individual animals from hundreds of terrestrial and marine species, the Genoa Aquarium is the perfect antidote for those tired of the city’s rich historical attractions.

As Italy’s largest aquarium, it attracts visitors from near and far and can get very crowded during peak hours.

Fortunately, this tour includes skip-the-line tickets. As participants are led by knowledgeable local guides, they’ll gain valuable insight into what they’re seeing that those who show up around might miss.

Aquarium highlights include bottlenose dolphins, colorful reefs and jellyfish, and even shark species of all sizes.

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6. 1 Hour Segway Tour

Genoa Segway

Although Segway is known for its use by airport security personnel and mall police, Segway is perfect for sightseers who want to experience the sights from the street without putting a lot of effort into it.

After receiving an overview of how to use the two-wheeled machine, guests and their guide will start exploring the important monuments, cathedrals and palaces in and around the historic center of Genoa.

Guided Segway tours are fun, engaging, and educational for people of all ages and fitness levels.

The tour will go full speed ahead regardless of the weather conditions at the time, so be sure to dress accordingly.

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7. Palazzi dei Roll and Palazzo Reale Guided Tour

Royal Palace, Genoa

For generations, Genoa has had a thriving merchant class. Over the years, many wealthy families built lavish residences or palaces that were the height of luxury in their day.

This three-hour guided tour allows guests to visit some of the most stunning luxury homes built during Genoa’s Golden Century. Many of them date back to the 16th and 17th centuries.

Often including grand staircases, idyllic gardens and fantastic artwork, these homes were inhabited by some of the city’s wealthiest and most influential residents.

Although hotel pickup and drop-off is not included, tours depart from a convenient central location.

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8. Private tour with a local

Genoa, Italy

This tour will be a smart way to spend a few hours for those who are new to town and want to gain an in-depth look at Genoa’s main sights, history and culture.

While many tours focus only on attractions, this one delves into the culture and people of the region, and what makes them so unique.

Previous guests have described their guides as warm, knowledgeable and helpful, and many of the tour stops are the city’s hidden gems.

Tours last between two and six hours, depending on the interests and schedule of participants. For first-time visitors, they are a great way to get acquainted with the layout of the city.

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9. Guided Food Tour with Tasting

spaghetti

Although Italian cuisine is loved around the world, many tourists are pleasantly surprised to find that Genoa’s food scene is vibrant and different compared to other cities and regions.

After meeting their guide at the central location, food lovers will begin a walking tour of the city’s exotic and historic streets.

Tours include traditional family-style restaurants, modern restaurants and cafes, and markets where locals shop daily.

At approximately 3.5 hours, these tours allow guests to sample everything from gourmet pizzas and aged cheeses to Italian coffee and desserts, all while leaving plenty of free time throughout the day.

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10. 24 or 48 Hours Genoa Museum Card

New Street Museum

On a per capita basis, Genoa probably has more museums than any other place in the world.

Lovers of history, art and culture can spend a few days visiting them without running out of options. This great value museum card is an excellent option for those who prefer to see many museums at their own pace.

The tourist card can be used within 24 or 48 hours of purchase and includes discounted entry to Musei di Strada Nuova, Galata Museo del Mare and Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola, among others.

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11. 2 ½ hour private guided tour of musical traditions

port of genoa

From delicious food and world-class art to historical attractions and unparalleled natural beauty, Genoa has something for travelers of all walks of life.

Focusing on the city’s musical traditions, this 2 ½-hour tour begins when guests meet their guides in the Old Harbour area.

The tour stops include places where musical superstars such as Giuseppe Verdi and Wagner used to frequent, as well as places where Alessandro Stradella was murdered for a series of sordid indiscretions, including Embezzlement from the Roman Catholic Church, and extramarital affairs with some of the wives and mistresses. The city’s most prominent and powerful citizens.

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12. Genoa Street Food Tour with a Local Guide

Genoa Street Food Tour

It is said that unless you eat what the locals eat, you will never really understand their culture.

For those who subscribe to the concept, this 2.5-hour tour of Genoese foodie hotspots will be a great way to make it happen.

The tour begins at the Old Port and includes iconic sights such as St. Lawrence Cathedral and Piazza Corvito. They are a great way to meet like-minded locals and food lovers from all over the world.

Plan to show up on an empty stomach, because along the way, you’ll be savoring delicacies such as fresh seafood, baked goods, pasta with basil pesto, and desserts like canestrelli and ice cream.

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13. Raleigh Palace UNESCO Site Guided Tour

Genoa Lomellino Palace

During the city’s golden century, many very wealthy merchants and aristocratic families lived in luxurious residences in stark contrast to ordinary working families.

Genoa’s Palazzo Raleigh is one of the city’s most important UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit with a local guide and give curious visitors a unique insight into the lives of the super-elite and wealthy in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The tour includes stops at several palaces and the Bianco Museum, where guests will see priceless works of art, antiques and household items, and learn how maritime trade brought previously unimaginable wealth.

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14. Triple Attraction Sea Experience

Galata Museum

Combination tours are valuable for those who don’t want to be crammed into focusing their day on one particular aspect of Genoa.

While this triple attraction experience is centered on the city’s maritime history, it includes elements of commerce, culture, and the natural world, making it fun and engaging for nearly all ages and interests.

Tourist hubs include the Genoa Aquarium, Galata Museum and a World War II-era submarine named S518 Nazario Sauro.

The aquarium portion of the trip is a perennial favorite for those traveling with kids who need constant excitement.

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15. Private walking tour with a local guide

Genoa

Despite the hustle and bustle of the city, Genoa is a very walkable city. Hiking is a great option for those who prefer to stretch their legs rather than sit on a sweltering tour bus.

Tours include iconic sights such as the port and harbour, St. Lawrence Cathedral and the Academy of Fine Arts. While each site may not contain entries, visitors usually find something they want to explore on their own after the tour is officially over.

Popular with history, culture and architecture lovers, hiking tours are generally suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.

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