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Piazza Caricamento Tours

Piazza Caricamento
A large square located just behind Old Port (Porto Antico), Piazza Caricamento is the entryway to Genoa’s historic city center. This waterfront plaza is generally less crowded than Porto Antico and features ample space to people-watch. The Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) is the main must-see landmark in the plaza.

The Basics
Piazza Caricamento is a great central meeting point for groups and many guided tours of Genoa. It was pedestrianized during the 1990s and provides a division between the Old Port and the city center. Most hop-on hop-off tours include a stop here, as a less crowded way to access Porto Antico, along with other notable landmarks including Piazza de Ferrari and Via XX Settembre.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • A tourist information office is located just under the overpass.
  • Piazza Caricamento is lined with a number of cafés offering local street food such as focaccia and panini.
  • The streets of the piazza are cobblestoned, as is most of Genoa, so wear comfortable shoes to walk on the uneven surfaces.
  • Consider toting an umbrella, as the weather in Genoa can be unpredictable.

How to Get There

The plaza is conveniently located next to the San Giorgio metro station. A number of city buses also reach Piazza Caricamento, including numbers 1, 9, 13, 32, and 635. If driving, there are two parking lots between Old Port and Piazza Caricamento.

When to Get There
Piazza Caricamento and Genoa in general are busiest between May and September. It is best to visit in the spring and autumn for fewer crowds and more pleasant weather. Throughout the year the square hosts various markets, most notably the Genoa Christmas Market in December.

Notable Sights near Piazza Caricamento
There are a few attractions near the plaza for visitors to enjoy. The Palace of St. George (Palazzo San Giorgio), adjacent to the square, has recently painted frescoes that bring the 13th-century building to life. The Genoa Aquarium, Bigo panoramic lift, and Biosphere are also all located in the Old Port, just in front of the piazza. And next to the square, the Morchi Tower (Torre dei Morchi), dating back to the 12th century, is one of the only remaining turrets in the city.

Address: Genoa 16126, Italy
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Finance and Nobility: Explore medieval Genoa on an audio walking tour

Finance and Nobility: Explore medieval Genoa on an audio walking tour

If you like the unexpected then follow the thread of this walking tour through the labyrinth of Genoa’s alleys in the city's historic centre. You'll discover breathtaking works of art behind almost every corner, along with other places where beauty is a carefully guarded secret. You'll see the main highlights in the city including UNESCO heritage sites, through the eyes of Antonella Cama, a local who loves to share not only the popular but also the authentic and believes that a tour must be more than dates and figures: She'll take you by the hand into "her" Genova! Some of the highlights from this self-guided GPS audio tour include: • Stories of the inhabitants of the opulent medieval residences • The interiors of Genoa’s richest church • Hear about the first football club in Italy • A historical confectionery shop • Find out why a 17th-century fountain is inside a department store • Take in the splendour of the fountain in the Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari
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