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Places, curiosities and flavors of old Genoa
Hi everyone, I'm Simona, teacher and certified tour leader. Genoese for generations and in love with my city, I love walking through the streets of Genoa and accompanying travelers and tourists to discover suggestive corners that only a local can know. I will tell you curiosities and anecdotes proposing always different and personalized itineraries trying to convey all my passion for this wonderful city. Do you want to discover the hidden charm of Genoa?? Contact me!
Is this your first time visiting Genoa? You don't know the city and you don't know where to start?
Then the walk I propose is just for you and starts from the ancient port, to discover the caruggi and Genoese street food.
We will go to the heart of the old city getting lost in the labyrinth of alleys: between Renaissance buildings, medieval towers and baroque churches, I will tell you anecdotes and curiosities. You will find yourself in picturesque corners, hidden squares, you will discover what barchili and newsstands are, you will be amazed by the grandeur of the marble portals and the monumental entrances of the Genoese palaces.
You will be able to browse the windows of the numerous historic shops, stop and taste the best focaccia with an extraordinary hand-made pesto and stop at the legendary Buonafede creamery, an ancient dairy that offers an amazing espresso with Genoese panera, a delicacy not to be missed!
The tour will then continue through the monumental Strada Nuova with its marvelous sixteenth-century palaces, called "dei rolli", until it ends in the center but not before having reached the heights of esplanade Castelletto with a period lift, to enjoy a absolutely spectacular view of the city!
At the end of the tour you can count on me for advice and directions for excursions, visiting exhibitions and museums, finding markets, typical restaurants and focaccerie.
I wait for you !
- when booking, I ask you to enter a telephone number with whatsapp to have fast communication in case of updates, confirmations and information
-The group starts with a minimum of 4 participants
- Tastings (optional) are not included in the price.
- In case of bad weather the tour will not take place
What will we visit on this tour?
Meeting point:Calata Cattaneo, 5, 16128 Genova GE, ...Calata Cattaneo, 5, 16128 Genova GE, Italy
You will find me next to the bigo, the panoramic lift near the aquarium. I'm wearing the GuruWalk T-Shirt!
1Outside visitPalazzo San Giorgio
The splendid building that we meet immediately in front of the ancient port, now home to the port offices and once the first bank in Italy, is made up of two parts, a Renaissance one with wonderful frescoes by Tavarone, and a medieval one, in promontory stone and bricks, which was Marco Polo's prison!
2Outside visitPiazza Banchi
From the top of the church of San Pietro in Banchi, we will observe this ancient market square, with the loggia of the merchants and the beautiful noble palaces, discovering gems and curiosities
3Free admissionCattedrale di San Lorenzo
Here is the cathedral , with its characteristic alternation of black and white drums: we will play to find the little dog hidden in the facade , and to discover that inside there are two churches in one , a Renaissance one and a medieval one! It will be a surprise
4Outside visitPalazzo Ducale
Residence of the Doge and seat of government of the Republic of Genoa, we will see the two facades, the Renaissance and the Neoclassical, and the beautiful Grimaldina tower, the ancient prison of the city.
5Outside visitPorta Soprana
We will pass the city gate, built in 1155, passing from ancient to modern Genoa, admiring the medieval architecture of the defense towers from whose tops the flags of San Giorgio fly
6Outside visitCasa di Cristoforo Colombo
The wonderful 12th century cloister will be the scene of beautiful photos that will immortalize, between capitals and columns, a glimpse of the medieval towers of Sant'Andrea. All this next to the ancient residence of the Colombo family, who, as evidenced by the documents, was born in this area of the city
7Outside visitPiazza San Matteo
The ancient settlement of the Doria family, with the noble church and medieval palaces all around, in Genoese Gothic style, with the characteristic black and white bands of marble and promontory stone
8Free admissionSpianata di Castelletto
An ancient lift takes you to a panoramic terrace in the beautiful Castelletto district: a splendid 360-degree view of the city, where we can play at recognizing the towers, palaces and bell towers we encountered during our walk
9Outside visitPiazza De Ferrari
The main square of the city , the center of Genoa , with the spectacular fountain , the ducal palace , the wonderful stock exchange palace and the Carlo Felice opera house .
10Outside visitPalazzi dei Rolli
We will be able to admire three buildings in particular, entering the courtyards on the ground floor, and we will have an overview of the street, the museums of strada nuova and the town hall.
How much does this tour cost?
Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).