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Genoa Neighborhood tours

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Genoa: Private Tour with a Local

1. 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.

Genoa: Guided Panoramic City Tour with Funicular & Snack

2. Genoa: Guided Panoramic City Tour with Funicular & Snack

In Genoa sea and mountains are two sides of the same coin: the city climbs up the surrounding hillsides connected to the sea through picturesque ancient paths. Thanks to public cable railways and lifts it’s possible to get to the high city in a short time and enjoy fantastic panoramas. Going up and down the "Creuze" you'll be able to see Genoa from different panoramic viewpoints, then you'll visit a medieval district and listen to original songs that will explain the history of the city and the personality of the inhabitants. From the highest point, you'll get down to the center again passing by a really nice area with colorful houses, gardens, trees, and flowers. Bear in mind that there are steps and hills throughout the itinerary, so although it's not particularly tiring, it's only suitable for those willing to walk a bit.

Genoa: Guided Gourmet Food Tour with Tastings

3. Genoa: Guided Gourmet Food Tour with Tastings

Meet your friendly guide at the Neptune Galleon then set out on a food-lovers walking tour through the charming streets of Genoa. The tour takes you to a number of historic eateries, modern cafes, and trendy restaurants where you can sample the true gastronomic wonders of this city. During the tour, get a sense of authentic Genoese life whilst mingling with the locals and listening to stories about the city’s history and culinary culture. Tastings on offer: Focaccia and a cappuccino - a typical Genoese breakfast. Try dipping your focaccia into the cappuccino, which offers a unique sweet and salty taste. Focaccia with cheese - two very thin layers of dough filled with Stracchino cheese. Pasta with pesto - made using an authentic recipe of fresh, local basil and pine nuts. Traditional Genoese cake - visit the original pastry shop that invented this cake and let the pudding speak for itself. Artisan ice cream - taste the best artisan gelato in town, offering both traditional and innovative flavors. Gourmet coffee - a delicious coffee, garnished with tasty ingredients, suitable for all palates.

Genoa: Palazzi dei Roll and Palazzo Reale Guided Tour

4. Genoa: Palazzi dei Roll and Palazzo Reale Guided Tour

See some of the most sumptuous residences built by the aristocratic Genoese families on guided tour of the Palazzi dei Roll, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built during the Golden Century, the grounds include splendid open staircases, courtyards, and loggias overlooking gardens. The Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli in Genoa’s historic center date from the late 16th and early 17th centuries when the Republic of Genoa was at the height of its financial and seafaring power. Discover the palaces positioned on different levels that were part of a network of public hospitality houses for state visits, as decreed by the Senate of the Republic of Genoa in 1576.    Explore the Palazzo Reale, built in the 17th century by the Balbi family, based on the designs of Pier Francesco Cantone. One of the largest architectural complexes in Genoa, its reception halls are decorated with frescoes, stuccos, paintings, sculptures, furniture, and fittings belonging to the noble and royal families who lived there. Some of the most important names in Baroque and Rococo decorative art frescoed the vaulted ceiling of the living rooms and galleries. Among the more than 100 paintings on display are works by the greatest 17th-century Genoese artists. Other works on display are masterpieces by Anton Van Dyck, Tintoretto, Guercino, Luca Giordano, Ferdinand Voet, and Bassano.

Genoa: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

5. Genoa: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

On this tour, you can go food shopping like a local with your "Cesarina", enjoying the distinctive Italian local markets and learning how to recognize the best produce from the land. Then, attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of her/his family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with a side dish, and dessert with drinks (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee). Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

Genoa Market Tour and Home Cooking Class

6. Genoa Market Tour and Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Go food shopping like a local with your host, enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land.  Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

Genoa: Group Walking Photography Tour with Genoese Snack

7. Genoa: Group Walking Photography Tour with Genoese Snack

Let your guide share their passion for Genoa and knowledge about photography on this unique walking tour. Follow your guide to stunning locations and get advice on how to compose a photo and which settings should be used to capture different locations and levels of lighting. Be welcomed by your guide in Piazza della Meridiana, 5 minutes walking from Piazza De Ferrari. Climb a hill to admire panoramic vistas of the city. Gain confidence with composition and main camera settings as you use the tips provided to you by your guide. Stop for a delicious Genoese snack of fried fish, a perfectly baked and seasoned piece of focaccia bread, or a sweet scoop of ice cream. Take home photos and skills that will last a lifetime. Get a free 800ml stainless steel water canteen that will ensure you stay hydrated on future photo excursions in an eco-friendly way.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 30 reviews

Mike was fantastic! Great communication before the tour. He gave us a fun, fascinating and varied tour of Genoa that reflected our interests and helped us get our bearings on the city. We really appreciated Mike's sincere pride in his home city, and his easy, personable rapport. While he's humble about his English, he's perfectly fluent and for that matter, also hilarious. We're so glad we spent some of our first hours with this tour. We're still in Genoa and reaping the benefits of his knowledge and recommendations!

Pier was fantastic! He met us at the train station and we had a wonderful afternoon learning about the history, culture and architecture of Genova! He is well read and knowledgeable and can answer all questions regarding his hometown! I highly recommend!

Dear Antonella, Thank you so much for the detailed tour around Genoa, the university district, the lookout post, the old town, the port and much more. Really nice to hear the different city stories from someone who knows so much about the city.

Daniela was an excellent host. I really enjoyed going to the market with her and then back to her home to cook and enjoy a great lunch. Daniela even purchase a couple of items I had pointed out that I liked while touring the market.

Marina was an amazing host and filled our tummies up full with the best Ligurian dishes in Genoa. Well worth it!