Places, curiosities and flavors of old Genoa

Duration: 2h and 45min
Languages: English, Italian
Guru: Simona
Registered on February 20, 2022

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!

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

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

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Calata Cattaneo, 5, 16128 Genova GE, ...
    Calata Cattaneo, 5, 16128 Genova GE, Italy
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    You will find me next to the bigo, the panoramic lift near the aquarium. I'm wearing the GuruWalk T-Shirt!

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    Outside visit
    Palazzo 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!

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    Outside visit
    Piazza 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

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    Free admission
    Cattedrale 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

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Palazzo 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.

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    Outside visit
    Porta 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

  • 6
    Outside visit
    Casa 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

  • 7
    Outside visit
    Piazza 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

  • 8
    Free admission
    Spianata 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

  • 9
    Outside visit
    Piazza 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 .

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    Outside visit
    Palazzi 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).

Tour opinions

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Clara 20 Mar 2023

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2023
I loved this tour! It was filled with interesting facts about history, architecture, art and, of course, food. Simone was really nice and enthusiastic about showing us the beauty of her amazing city. She took us to some hidden gems as well as to the classics.
Aalap 20 Mar 2023

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Travelled in group - Mar 2023
Really great experience, tour host very informative, passionate and energetic. She was knowledgeable and informative about the city and showed us around all the important landmarks. Highly recommend this tour!
Sona 20 Mar 2023

Great tour, great guide and great experience. I really enjoy!!!
Florin 18 Mar 2023

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2023
Unsere Tour mit Simona war klasse. Sie ist sehr sympathisch und authentisch in ihrer Art. In der Tour zeigte sie uns die wichtigsten Gebäude und Orte von Genua. Darüber hinaus machte sie uns auf viele kleine Details und Kuriositäten der Stadt aufmerksam und gab dadurch sehr tiefe Einblicke in die Stadt und seine Geschichte. Besonders gut hat uns gefallen, dass wir auch die kulinarische Seite Genuas erklärt bekamen und insbesondere erschmecken durften. Simona ist auf die Wünsche und Fragen der Gruppe individuell eingegangen und hat die Tour dadurch zu einem Erlebnis gemacht. Wir würden es jedem Empfehlungen eine Tour mit ihr zu machen!
Deborah 13 Mar 2023

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2023
Simona is a very professional guide, enthusiastic with great advices about food/drinks/transportatie etc..
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 4 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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