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Genoa

Visit this gateway to the Riviera and find a city buzzing with historical gems, plus some incredible beaches.

Our most recommended things to do in Genoa

Aquarium of Genoa: Timeslot Ticket

1. Aquarium of Genoa: Timeslot Ticket

Make your way to the Aquarium of Genoa to see more than 15,000 animals from 400 species at Italy's largest aquatic zoo. Skip the line, and learn how the aquarium was built for the Genoa Expo '92. Enjoy a venue that is home to the biggest display of aquatic biodiversity in Europe. Venture into the fascinating waters of the world as you explore more than 70 tanks of critters. Marvel at animals from the Antarctic, such as penguins, and see sharks, seals, jellyfish, and the colorful fish of the coral barriers. Go to the Cetacean Pavilion, designed by Renzo Piano, and laugh along with the bottlenose dolphins at 4 open-air pools.

Genova : Boat Tour to Camogli, San Fruttuoso, & Portofino

2. Genova : Boat Tour to Camogli, San Fruttuoso, & Portofino

Experience a full-day boating excursion and discover three of the most charming villages in Liguria: Camogli, San Fruttuoso, and Portofino. You can choose to visit all 3 villages, or just stop and enjoy one or two of them when booking. The ferry connects the charming fishing villages of Camogli and San Fruttuoso while offering visitors a boat trip around Golfo Paradiso with stunning views and unforgettable sights. Depart from Genova in the morning aboard the motorboat Città di Camogli and enjoy panoramic coastal views on your way to the harbor of Camogli. If you choose to visit San Fruttuoso, you will find a charming fishing village located on the promontory of Portofino and the Abbey of San Fruttuoso. After leaving the dock from Camogli, passengers will catch sight of beautiful views of the tiny village. Next, you'll be able to admire the majesty of Portofino mountain, the pudding-stone landmark outcrop of Punta Chiappa. Then you'll pass the exclusive hamlet of San Fruttuoso, followed by the famous Hermit's Grotto and the Cala dell'Oro. Both of these locations are protected areas where boats are prohibited. In Portofino, you will find the awe-inspiring blue sea, the lush green vegetation at the edge of the cliffs, and the elegance of villas along the coast. Passengers often sight striped bottle-nosed dolphins and the other dolphins that live in these coastal waters.

From Genoa: Roundtrip Boat Tour to Portofino

3. From Genoa: Roundtrip Boat Tour to Portofino

Spend the afternoon exploring Portofino, just a short trip down the coast from Genoa. Check out the amazing scenery along the way and explore the charming and unique village for the afternoon. Depart from Genoa's Porto Antico Calata Mandraccio and head to Portofino. As you travel along the coast, admire the beautiful cliffs and coastal scenery. Camogli, the San Fruttuoso Bay, the Portofino Promontory, and the white lighthouse on the cliff await you. The natural beauty of the area is sure to amaze. In Portofino, visit the square, the famous boutiques, and admire the unique views in front of the church of San Giorgio. Maybe treat yourself to gelato before returning to Genoa later in the afternoon.

From Genoa: Full-Day Cinque Terre Sightseeing Cruise

4. From Genoa: Full-Day Cinque Terre Sightseeing Cruise

Embark on a day's outing and explore the wonders of Liguria, or the Italian Riviera, by boat. Feel the sea breeze on your face as you're transported to the historic seaside village area known as Cinque Terre. Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites and soak up the charming Ligurian culture. Begin your tour with a morning departure from Genoa. Your first stop will be Camogli, located on the Golfo Paradiso. Take in the stunning, colorful coastline of this seaside town against the beautiful, blue-green waters of the Ligurian Sea. Your tour continues onward to Monterosso, where you'll disembark and have three hours to explore the town before moving on to the rest of the celebrated Cinque Terre area. Visit Vernazza, Corniglia, Riomaggiore, and Manarola, then watch the towns slip past you as you cruise back to Genoa.

Genoa: World-Famous Aquarium and Lighthouse Combo Ticket

5. Genoa: World-Famous Aquarium and Lighthouse Combo Ticket

Experience the Aquarium of Genoa, the largest aquarium in Italy, located in the old harbor area of Genoa. Enjoy an exciting, immersive, and engaging visit before climbing the steps of the Lighthouse of Geno, the tallest lighthouse in the Mediterranean.  Take a rich and exciting journey as you discover the seas of the world in an aquarium that hosts the most extensive range of aquatic biodiversity in Europe. The exhibition gallery consists of over 70 exhibitions and 600 species from all the seas of the world. From the rarest species such as manatees — marine mammals that may be at the origin of the legend of mermaids — to the most famous ones such as dolphins, penguins, and sharks.  The Genoa Aquarium is filled with innovative scenography, the latest digital installations, a completely renewed light and sound design, and a rich daily schedule of speeches. See also two areas dedicated to reptiles and amphibians, and to the conservation and recovery projects of animals in difficulty or seized by the authorities and entrusted to the aquarium. Next, walk over the iconic promenade to visit the monumental complex of the Lighthouse of Genoa, a symbol of the city. The world's fifth tallest lighthouse, the Lanterna di Genova has been operating for almost nine centuries and is the official lighthouse of the Port of Genoa. Climb the first 172 steps to admire Genoa from the top of its first panoramic terrace.

Genoa: Aquarium & Christopher Columbus' House Entry Tickets

6. Genoa: Aquarium & Christopher Columbus' House Entry Tickets

Acquario di Genova The Aquarium of Genoa hosts the most extensive range of aquatic biodiversity in Europe. The exhibition gallery consists of over 70 exhibits and about 12,000 specimen of 600 species, from all the seas of the world. From the rarest species such as manatees – marine mammals that may be at the origin of the legend of mermaids – to the most famous ones such as dolphins, penguins and sharks – the great predators of the sea; but also jellyfish, seals and multi-coloured tropical fish species. Not far from Porta Soprana, just outside the ancient medieval walls, is the Casa di Colombo, where the discoverer of the Americas lived in his youth. According to archival documents, Domenico Colombo, father of the great navigator, moved here in 1445, when Christopher Columbus was four years old. The ground floor of the house was used as a workshop, and an attic with wooden beams divides it from the upper park, where the rooms for private use were located.

Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa Entry Ticket with Snack

7. Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa Entry Ticket with Snack

Immerse yourself in the largest exhibit of aquatic biodiversity in Europe with a visit to the Aquarium of Genoa. Discover the world's fascinating seas and waterways, including all their creatures. Tuck into a snack at the Tender Café inside the aquarium, refueling with a drink and a butter donut. Walk through the aquarium's spectacular settings and learn about the secrets, curiosities, and interesting anecdotes about our world's oceans. End your visit with a hot or cold drink and a light snack at the aquarium's café, which has a splendid terrace overlooking the port of Genoa.

Genoa: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of the Historical Center

8. Genoa: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of the Historical Center

The tour allows you to discover the historical center of Genoa and the wonderful Palazzi dei Rolli>, a UNESCO world heritage site. These elegant residences belonging to the aristocracy and date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. You will be guided through the narrow alleys (Caruggi) of the widest historical center in Europe, to discover its many curiosities and secrets. The tour starts from the Old Port area and guides you through the highlights of the city, including the San Lorenzo Cathedral, the Doge Palace, the Opera House, and the wonderful Strada Nuova Museums. In the museums – the galleries of Pallazo Rosso, the Palazzo Bianco, and Palazzo Tursi – you can admire the antique furniture and important masterpieces of Italian and foreign artists. The museum exhibits works by Veronese, Procaccini, Rubens, Van Dyck, and many more.

From Genoa: Full-Day Tour of Genoa and Portofino

9. From Genoa: Full-Day Tour of Genoa and Portofino

Genoa, the largest medieval town in Europe, maintains the charm of the ancient maritime republic. Your day will start in the ancient harbor, renovated in 1992 by the architect Renzo Piano. Here, your friendly and professional guide will lead you through the labyrinth of narrow alleyways of the old town to discover the many attractions of this city on an inspiring walking tour. After free time for lunch, hop-on your air-conditioned coach for a scenic ride following the Tigullio Gulf, nicknamed the Dolphins Gulf due to the large school of dolphins that are often spotted there, to reach the colorful village of Santa Margherita Ligure. Here, take the boat for a mini-cruise to the charming fishing village of Portofino, a half-moon shaped seaside village whose beauty has been narrated across the millennia by writers and poets such as Guy de Maupassant. The journey will end with a return by boat to Genoa.

Genoa: Private Tour with a Local

10. Genoa: Private Tour with a Local

With this welcoming tour, transform traveling philosophy: make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his or her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet wherever you're staying to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, discover the easiest ways to get around and learn about the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information needed to make the most of your stay.

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What people are saying about Genoa

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,495 reviews

It was very good. The only "deficit": On the way back from Portofino to Genoa, there were complications due to the weather. Announcements were made in the boat itself about how to proceed. Unfortunately everything in Italian. There were several people present who could not speak Italian and the statements therefore led to a great deal of confusion. Improvement: Have the statements also carried out in English.

The purchase of the aquarium and lighthouse cumulative ticket allowed us to save considerably compared to the purchase of single tickets for the two attractions considered. To enter the aquarium it is necessary to book the day and especially the time of the visit; the reservation is very simple and manageable from the official website of the aquarium. No reservations were required for the visit to the lighthouse.

Excellent service that allows you to stop and leave at pleasure from each stage. You can visit the Abbey of San Fruttuoso but also swim in a blue sea in both CAMOGLI and SAN FRUTTUOSO and eat an ice cream in Portofino. The only drawback: it is difficult to have lunch in San Fruttuoso, you need to book. Wonderful day.

Only superlative adjectives! Exciting, very well conceived with an easy path that does not make you miss any of the swimming pools. Well organized, right from booking and online payment. Allow 4 hours for a visit done calmly, savoring it

Punctual departure, excellent staff who politely made you get on board. Even the time to visit the three locations was sufficient ... Well done, you deserve a five-star rating.