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About Genoa

Genoa is a real Italian gem. A marvellously eclectic city, it has a secret beauty that can be found in its daring architecture, traces of splendid frescoes and imposing, noble palaces. Here you can see the house where Christopher Columbus was allegedly born and sample some of its delicious pesto, which originated from this region.

Explore the labyrinth of narrow alleyways of the old city, which are filled with shops, and restaurants. In the centre you will come to the Piazza de Ferrari, around which is sited the Opera and the Palace of the Doges. Some of the other main sights here include the beautiful black and white striped S.Stefano Abbey and St. Lawrence Cathedral, with its bare medieval style.

One of the most charming areas of Genoa is the district of Via Garibaldi. Dating from the mid 16th century, it was designed to accomodate Mannerist palaces of the citys most eminent families, including Palazzo Rosso, which is now a museum.

 

Shore excursions in Genoa

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Taste of Liguria

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

This tour will introduce you to the ancient city of Genoa and the tasteful local cuisine

After a short boat transfer you’ll arrive at ‘Piazza Caricamento’ for a pleasant walk through Genoa’s historic town centre. Follow your guide and wander through the charming narrow streets known as ‘carruggi’. Learn about the great Andrea Doria and admire the façades of the ancient mansions, before reaching ‘Piazza de Ferrari’, the commercial heart of Genoa.

Admire the ‘Palazzo Ducale’ (external visit only). This was the palace where the Doges family lived, the symbol of the power for the Genoese republic. You’ll visit the ‘Cisterne del Ducale’, the ancient cellars of the palace.

Here, a light buffet of ‘bruschetta’ and ‘focaccia’, typical to Genoa, awaits you. While sipping a glass of wine, listen to your guide telling you the fascinating history of this noble palace.Your tour will continue with a visit to the Cathedral of San Lorenzo.

Enjoy some free time at the Expo area of the city, before boarding the boat to return to the port

Essential information

This excursion operates by motor launch and on foot Pesto contains nuts. This tour involves approximately 2 hour of walking over some uneven and inclined surfaces, including steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Order of highlights may vary.

A Taste of Liguria- Small Group Option

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

This tour will introduce you to the ancient city of Genoa and the tasteful local cuisine.

After a short boat transfer you’ll arrive at ‘Piazza Caricamento’ for a pleasant walk through Genoa’s historic town centre. Follow your guide and wander through the charming narrow streets known as ‘carruggi’. Learn about the great Andrea Doria and admire the façades of the ancient mansions, before reaching ‘Piazza de Ferrari’, the commercial heart of Genoa. Admire the ‘Palazzo Ducale’ (external visit only). This was the palace where the Doges lived, the symbol of the power for the Genoese republic. You’ll visit the ‘Cisterne del Ducale’, the ancient cellars of the palace.

Here, a light buffet of ‘bruschetta’ and ‘focaccia’, typical to Genoa, awaits you. While sipping a glass of wine, listen to your guide telling you the fascinating history of this noble palace.Your tour will continue with a visit to the Cathedral of San Lorenzo.

Enjoy some free time at the Expo area of the city, before boarding the boat to return to the port.

Essential information

This excursion operates by motor launch and on foot. Pesto contains nuts. This tour involves approximately 2 hour of walking over some uneven and inclined surfaces, including steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Order of highlights may vary.

Discover Genoa

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4¼ hours

Genoa - a bustling yet charming city steeped in history. Discover its hidden treasures and enjoy some free to explore on your own.

On arrival in Genoa, a panoramic tour will introduce you to many of the historic sights, including the former home of Columbus St. George Palace, once the seat of the Captain of the People; and the first bank in Italy.

Continue your tour via Corso Italia to Boccadasse, a small harbour , encircled by multi-coloured fishermen’s houses.

Afterwards, your guide will take you on a walking tour to discover a network of alleyways and the secrets within the walled courtyards of Genoa. You’ll see San Lorenzo Cathedral, which has striking bands of black and white marble. You’ll also visit the fine 16th Century courtyard of the elegant Palazzo Ducale, which was once the seat of the Doges of Genoa.

After your guided tour, you’ll have around 20 minutes of free time. Wander the charming cobbled streets of the old town, or visit the new marina area and famous Genoa Aquarium. Alternatively, you may wish to relax and enjoy a leisurely lunch, tasting some of the wonderful local cuisine such as ‘trofie’ and ‘cheese focaccia’.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot.City maps will be provided to help you make the most of your time in Genoa. Please take note of the meeting time and place. As the majority of the tour will be on foot, flat comfortable shoes are recommended. On Sundays entry to churches is restricted due to services. If entering churches, please dress appropriately, with shoulders and knees covered. Euros and major credit cards are accepted for purchases. The order of sights may vary.

Genoa and Pesto Lesson - Small Group Tour

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the history of Genoa and learn the secrets of pesto making.

From the restored Aquarium area of Genoa, follow your guide to the medieval historical centre of Sotto Ripa, en route to the Ducal Palace, once the home of the Doges of Genoa, and now a museum and a centre for cultural events and art exhibitions. The Ducal Palace, is located in the heart of the city, with 2 different entrances and facades.

Piazza Matteotti, is the oldest side of the Ducal Palace, and this is where the water tanks of the Doges were kept. Nowadays these are displayed in an exposition centre. Le Cisterne del Ducale, is an exclusive location where the Cooking School will be held.

On reaching the Cooking School, you’ll find your work station already fully equipped with cheese, basil and all the essential ingredients for your ‘pesto’ lesson. You’ll be shown how to use a pestle and mortar to prepare the most typical ‘Pesto alla Genovese’ and shown the recipe for the famous Focaccia al Formaggio di Recco. After your lesson in the secrets of Ligurian cuisine, you’ll have the opportunity to taste bruschetta with pesto, Lasagne alla Portofino and Focaccia col Formaggio.

At the end of your lesson , your guided walk will continue, taking in the exterior visit of the Cathedral on the way back to the Aquarium area to join your boat for the trip back to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion operates by motor launch and on foot.The order of the sites may vary. Pesto contains nuts. This tour involves approximately 2 hour of walking over some uneven and inclined surfaces, including steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Genoa by Trolley Train

Activity lowFamily

Duration: 0¾ hour

Discover Genoa at a leisurely pace with a ride on the tourist train.

All aboard the small tourist train for a 45 minute narrated ride. As the little train twists and turns along the most famous narrow streets of Genoa, you will feel as if you are travelling through an open-air museum passing by famous monuments and piazzas along the way.

Whilst you are seated comfortably on the little train “Pippetto,”listen as your audio guide brings to life the history of Genoa, and let you relive exhilarant moments and dramas of the past.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by trolley train and on foot. Please wear clothing suitable for outdoor temperatures. The order of the itinerary may vary.

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