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How to Spend 3 Days in Genoa

How to Spend 3 Days in Genoa

The Ligurian coast is home to Italy’s largest seaport as well as some of the country’s tiniest fishing villages. Take in both these extremes by spending a day in bustling Genoa, then heading out along the coastline to explore picturesque Portofino and the Cinque Terre. Here are a few ways to make the most of a 3-day stay.

Day 1: Genoa

A historic maritime republic and modern-day shipping center, Genoa is a fascinating blend of old and new. Begin your visit with a journey into the past: take a walking tour through the old city’s narrowcarruggi alleys, stopping by the San Lorenzo Duomo. To pair sightseeing with cuisine, sample the city’s traditional street foods on a food tour of the historic center. Finish up at the opulent Palazzi dei Rolli, Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), and Royal Palace before returning to the city’s present at the revitalized port. End the day with a family-friendly attraction or two, such as the Aquarium, the Biosfera (a tropical garden biosphere), or Bigo (a panoramic elevator). 

Day 2: Portofino

For many travelers, Genoa is the gateway to the Italian Riviera, and Portofino is one of the region’s crown jewels. The pocket-size harbor lined with pastel-colored houses and backed by steep wooded hills has become a favorite destination for the jet set. Wander around the town center, packed with pretty cafés and upscale boutiques; walk up to the sunny yellow Church of San Giorgio to enjoy sweeping views of the harbor; or explore the surrounding marine reserve and coastline by kayak or private boat. Alternatively, set off on a guided hike from the town to the beautiful Benedictine abbey in the secluded bay of San Fruttuoso.

Day 3: The Cinque Terre

On your final day, venture farther along the Ligurian coast to the five colorful fishing villages known as the Cinque Terre. Perhaps the most popular day trip from Genoa, these hamlets clinging to the coastal cliffs are among the most charming in Italy, and are easily visited via footpath or the scenic local train that connects all five. Guided tours depart from Genoa and La Spezia.

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Do Eat Better Experience - Food Tours in Genoa

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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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Authentic Cinque Terre - private tour

Authentic Cinque Terre - private tour

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This full-day, private tour makes it easier than ever to discover the charms of Cinque Terre. Meet your guide at your local accommodation, or at nearby train stations, and set off for a guided tour of all five Cinque Terre villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Spot vineyards, castles, and churches as you go, and admire the seaside views. Depending on the weather, travel by ferry or train (own expense).
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$303.34
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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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  • 1 hour
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Private Full-Day Cinque Terre Five Villages Train Tour from La Spezia

Private Full-Day Cinque Terre Five Villages Train Tour from La Spezia

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The Cinque Terre is the star attraction of the Italian Riviera, but exploring the UNESCO-listed landscapes by car can be tricky. Instead, maximize your time on this private full-day tour by train from La Spezia and visit all of the five Cinque Terre villages in one day.
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  • 6 hours
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Portofino private boat tour

Portofino private boat tour

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Widely considered a jewel of the Italian Riviera coastline, the port town of Portofino is famous for its pretty harbor, clear waters, and spectacular coastal scenery. On this private tour, take to the waves by private boat with your guide at the helm. Discover hidden highlights including San Fruttuoso, snorkel around the submerged Christ of the Abyss statue, and see the best of the Italian Riviera with ease.
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  • 3 hours
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$1,031.34
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Sea Kayak Tour to Portofino

Sea Kayak Tour to Portofino

Discover the coastline of Portofino with this daytime sea kayak tour from Santa Margherita Ligure. Aimed at intermediate and advanced kayakers, the experience includes the use of quality sea kayaking equipment so you can paddle with ease around the coast.
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  • 4 hours
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