GenoaItaly

4.2/5Top Destination

Explore Genoa: its museums, history, monuments, and more!

Part of Italy’s Riviera, on the country’s northwest coast, Genoa offers visitors a glimpse of authentic Italian life. The city’s narrow streets are crammed with family-run restaurants in which you can sample fresh seafood and the region’s famous speciality: pesto. Follow the story of Genoa’s history as a rich and important trade center, and the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, as you wander through old buildings and world heritage-listed districts.

The region of Liguria has almost no flat terrain and that includes Genoa, its capital. The easiest way to explore the city is from the top down. The main shopping areas and public squares are found higher up on the hills. Make your way down through the city’s medieval old town, with its narrow, pedestrian-only alleys known as caruggi. You’ll reach one of the main thoroughfares, Via Garibaldi, which has three of Genoa’s important art museums housed in magnificent palaces: Palazzo Bianco, Palazzo Rosso and Palazzo Tursi.

Visit the Porto Antico (Old Harbor), the city’s former important shipping quarter. This area has been renovated and is now home to cafés, cinemas and museums. Stop by the Galata Sea Museum, where you can learn about the voyages of Christopher Columbus and other famed explorers. The Aquarium of Genoa, one of the largest aquariums in Europe, is also located at the Old Harbor. The newer dockside area is crowded with fishing boats alongside ferries and luxury yachts that often cruise in from nearby Portofino.

Luckily, you don’t have to be a mountaineer to enjoy the sights of this hilly city. Use the two cable car services to travel uphill as you enjoy sweeping views of the city and port. The public elevator from the Piazza del Portello will take you up to the charming Castelletto area, where the terminal is a beautiful art nouveau tower. Driving is not recommended in Genoa as parking is difficult to find. Public buses are also a good alternative if you need a break from exploring on foot.

Known for

Museums, Cafes and Historical Buildings

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Where to stay in Genoa

Genoa Historical Centre
Via Garibaldi

Genoa Historical Centre

Known for Historical Buildings, Ports, Museums

4.5/5(86 reviews)

Genoa Historical Centre is popular for its waterfront views, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Cattedrale di San Lorenzo or Palazzo Ducale.

Nervi
Nervi, Genoa, Italy

Nervi

Known for Museums, Cafes, Natural Parks

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Unique features of Nervi include the seaside views and gardens. Make a stop by Passeggiata di Anita Garibaldi or Port of Nervi while you're exploring the area.

Sestri Ponente
Sestri Ponente, Genoa, Italy

Sestri Ponente

Known for Marinas, Friendly People, Walking

3.5/5(40 reviews)

Unique features of Sestri Ponente include the waterfront views and restaurants. Make a stop by Via Sestri or Marina Genova while you're exploring the area.

Pegli
Pegli, Genoa, Italy

Pegli

Known for Sea, Beaches, Museums

4/5(6 reviews)

Pegli is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Naval Museum (Museo Navale) and Ligurian Archeological Museum (Museo di Archeologia Ligure).

Boccadasse
Genoa

Boccadasse

Known for

Though Boccadasse might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Fiera di Genova and Luigi Ferraris Stadium.

Prè
Royal Palace which includes heritage elements and a square or plaza as well as a large group of people

Prè

Known for

4/5(38 reviews)

While visiting Prè, you might make a stop by sights like Royal Palace and Christopher Columbus Monument.

Top Hotels in Genoa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Bristol Palace Hotel
Bristol Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
Via XX Settembre 35, Genoa, GE
$114
per night
Nov 9 - Nov 10
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,514 reviews)

"Gorgeous hotel and very friendly staff. Nice room."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019

Bristol Palace Hotel
Grand Hotel Savoia
Grand Hotel Savoia
5 out of 5
Via Arsenale Di Terra, 5, Genoa, GE
$121
per night
Oct 20 - Oct 21
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,583 reviews)

"It was a good stay all in all. Clean facilities, good comfy bed and a helpful staff. Though, we did get stuck with a smaller room that had no view. Pictures online are a little bit more pleasing than reality. Still a good stay."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019

Grand Hotel Savoia
NH Collection Genova Marina
NH Collection Genova Marina
4 out of 5
Molo Ponte Calvi, 5, Genoa, GE
$112
per night
Nov 10 - Nov 11
4.5/5Wonderful! (844 reviews)

"My cruise ship got to port early in the day. The room wasn’t ready but they were able to store my luggage and allowed me to sit in the lobby a while to charge my phone. They gave me great advise on picking up the hop on hop off bus tour (right out front, very convenient) and a map of the city with ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

NH Collection Genova Marina

Popular things to do in Genoa

Aquarium of Genoa
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Aquarium of Genoa

4.5/5(42 reviews)

Discover the weird and wonderful creatures of the deep at one of Europe’s largest aquariums, where sharks, manatees, penguins and a myriad of tropical fish await.

Old Port
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Old Port

4.5/5(138 reviews)

Venture into this thriving and culturally rich area of Genoa to discover splendid museums, a bustling harbor and a leisurely atmosphere. 

Piazza de Ferrari
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Piazza de Ferrari

4.5/5(63 reviews)

Stroll past the quaint shops and cafés that line the narrow alleys leading to Genoa’s main square then visit the historic buildings surrounding it.

Palazzo Ducale
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Palazzo Ducale

4.5/5(67 reviews)

Inspect the fabulous frescoes and chandeliers and climb the tower to see the former secret jail that detained renowned inmates.

Palazzo Rosso
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Palazzo Rosso

4.5/5(53 reviews)

Check out the stunning frescoes decorating the majestic rooms of this palace as well as the works of art in the gallery. 

The Bigo Lift
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The Bigo Lift

4/5(14 reviews)

When you take a ride in this lift you’ll see spectacular aerial views of Genoa and experience the expertise of an internationally famous Italian architect and engineer. 

Top activities in Genoa

City Sightseeing Genoa Hop-on Hop-off
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City Sightseeing Genoa Hop-on Hop-off

$17

City of sailors, maritime Republic and home of Christopher Columbus, during its long history Genoa was the “gate” of the Roman Empire on the Mediterranean sea and is still one of the major ports of Europe and one of the cities with one of the best preserved historical centres of the old continent.

Genoa Street Food Tour
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Genoa Street Food Tour

$63

If you are about to visit Genoa, but don't know the most typical dishes to taste, join our street food tour, and you will be driven into Genoa's street culture. Being Genova a port city, the richness and variety of street food scene are close to endless and this can create the risk of finding the wrong food shop.

Genoa Walking Tour & Cruise to Portofino from Genoa
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Genoa Walking Tour & Cruise to Portofino from Genoa

$98

Devote the day to discovering the glorious past of Genoa, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, and the seaside splendor of Portofino on this 2-in-1 tour. After exploring Genoa's labyrinthine Old Town, embark on a stunning cruise to visit the colorful fishing village at your own pace.

Genoa & Portofino Day Trip
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Genoa & Portofino Day Trip

$131

Discover one of Europe’s largest medieval cities in Genoa and the alluring village of Portofino on this full-day excursion. Take an informative walking tour of the city, a scenic boat ride along the rocky coastline, and free time to explore these popular Northern Italy seaports.

Genoa Traditional cooking class with tasting
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Genoa Traditional cooking class with tasting

$104

Our Traditional Cooking class in Genoa will allow you to learn the best Ligurian and Genovese recipes sided by local professionals in the field; the class takes place in a comfortable e and relaxing environment, together with a limited number of fellow “chefs” coming from all over the world.

San Fruttuoso Abbey Entrance Ticket
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San Fruttuoso Abbey Entrance Ticket

$8

Visit: Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, Via San Fruttuoso 13, 16032, Camogli Italy Having gone through various incarnations – a Benedictine monastery, a pirates’ den, a humble home of fisherfolk and then, for centuries, the property of the Princes of Doria – the Abbey of San Fruttuoso is today an utterly unique place, where the work of Men has been pleasingly integrated with that of Nature.

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