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How to Spend 1 Day in Genoa

How to Spend 1 Day in Genoa

A historic maritime republic and Italy’s largest port, Genoa offers a mix of old and new, with a warren of narrow medieval streets and majestic Renaissance architecture in the historic center and the contemporary buzz of massive ships and modern museums along the harbor. Here’s how to take in both sides of the city in one day.

Morning: Genoa Past

The heart of Genoa’s old city is its maze-like web of narrow alleys, called “carruggi.” Begin exploring with a walking tour through this neighborhood, a masterpiece of Gothic and Romanesque architecture. Gourmands can opt for a food tour to combine sightseeing with samples of the city’s classic street foods.

Afterward, take in the grandeur of some of the city’s 16th-century palaces, beginning with the Palazzi dei Rolli on Via Garibaldi, an architectural jewel rivalled only by the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) and Royal Palace, all reminders of the immense power and wealth once wielded by this former maritime republic.

Afternoon: Genoa Present

The city’s historic port has been dramatically reworked over the past decades by star Genovese architect Renzo Piano and is now home to a number of museums, restaurants, and attractions. Dedicate the afternoon to visiting the highlights along the port, including the Genoa Aquarium; Galata Maritime Museum; Biosfera, a tropical garden biosphere; the children’s museum; the Dialogue in the Dark sensory experience, and Bigo panoramic elevator.

These are the most popular attractions in the city, and lines to enter can be long. Purchase skip-the-line tickets in advance to avoid spending time waiting outside.

Night: Food and Fun

Now that you’ve discovered Genoa’s past and present, enjoy the city’s coastal cuisine. Hands-on cooks can prepare classic dishes during a class, the cuisine-curious can opt for a pesto-making demonstration and tasting, and indulgent gourmands can sit down to dinner in a local home. 

Genoa is also the gateway to the Italian Riviera, so those who want to savor timeless fishing-village charm can make the short jaunt to Portofino, a colorful, now-upscale village just an hour south. Or, stay in the city and take the Corso Italia promenade to Boccadasse, a tiny district that has retained its quaint village atmosphere.

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Do Eat Better Experience - Food Tours in Genoa

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Do Eat Better Experience - Food Tours in Genoa

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Capital of Italy’s beautiful Liguria region, the coastal city of Genoa takes great pride in its local cuisine—with fresh flavors and traditional recipes handed down through the generations. On this walking tour, explore Genoa’s culture and lifestyle through its food and learn why Italian cuisine is the envy of the world. Sample pasta dishes with fresh pesto, local cheeses and seafood, and savory pastries, and taste the flavors the locals love.
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Genoa Walking Tour: Discover Hidden Treasures and Street Food

Genoa Walking Tour: Discover Hidden Treasures and Street Food

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The Italian city of Genoa, where pesto got its start, is home to antique shops; stunning 15th-, 16th-, and 17th-century palaces; and scores of outstanding restaurants and bars. This tour leads you through the top sites, secluded squares, and hidden spots. You’ll try local Prosecco, coffee, pesto, and focaccia, all with the expertise of a local guide.
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Genoa City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Genoa City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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See all the highlights of the beautiful coastal city of Genoa with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket good for 48 hours. Enjoy great views of the city from the open-air top of a double-decker bus as you listen to commentary about the city and what you’re seeing. Get on at any of the 8 stops, and hop off any time you want to explore one of the nearby attractions. It’s the perfect way to get to know Genoa.
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Tour of Genoa and Day Trip to Portofino from Genoa

Tour of Genoa and Day Trip to Portofino from Genoa

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Explore the vibrant port city of Genoa as well as the gorgeous seaside resort town of Portofino during this full-day experience. Enjoy a morning walking tour of the historic city of Genoa, followed by an excursion to the pretty coastal town of Portofino.
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Traditional Home Cooking Class in Genoa

Traditional Home Cooking Class in Genoa

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Immerse yourself in Italian culture with a hands-on home cooking class. Learn to prepare an authentic four-course Genoese lunch with local wine and coffee. Work with your host to discover the secrets to traditional Genoese pesto, trofiette pasta, panzanella, and dessert. Sit down and enjoy your meal on a terrace overlooking the ocean and bring your new cooking skills and printed recipes home with you
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