The alleys of Genoa: a walk through flavors and curiosities

Duration: 2h and 45min
Languages: English
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
  • Accepts electronic payment
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Tour description

Is it your first time visiting Genoa and you don't know where to start?
Then the experience I propose is just for you: a dive into the daily life of the Genoese to discover places and curiosities in the heart of the historic center!
I am a Genoese tour leader and I will help you orient yourself in the labyrinth of alleys and get to know my city: among Renaissance buildings, medieval towers and baroque churches, you will find yourself in suggestive corners and hidden squares, following a route full of wonders, such as Palazzo San Giorgio, Palazzo Ducale, Cathedral of San Lorenzo and the magnificent noble residences of via Garibaldi. You can also browse through the historic shops to learn about local specialties and taste the artisanal pesto, the Genoese focaccia, and the coffee with panera, an unmissable delight!
The walk will end vertically, via a vintage lift, to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city.
At the end of the tour you can count on me for information and advice on excursions, exhibitions, museums, attractions for children, markets, restaurants, bars, trattorias and events.
I'll wait for you next to the "bigo" panoramic lift, near the aquarium, in the ancient port area, not far from the cruise terminal and the Principe railway station


- when booking I ask you to enter a telephone number with WhatsApp to have quick communications in case of updates, confirmations and information

-The tour starts with a minimum of 4 participants
- the morphology of the city does not make the tour suitable for people with reduced mobility or children in strollers or children under 7 years old

- 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 Genoa aquarium, in the ancient port area, not far from the Principe train station and the cruise terminal. I wear the badge with the guruwalk logo and the tour guide card

  • 1
    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

  • 2
    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!

  • 3
    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.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Porta Soprana

    We will see the city gate, built in 1155, admiring the medieval architecture of the defense towers from whose tops the flags of San Giorgio fly

  • 6
    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

  • 7
    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 .

  • 8
    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.

  • 9
    Outside visit
    Spianata di Castelletto

    We arrive with an ancient lift to a panoramic terrace in the beautiful Castelletto district: a splendid 360 degree view of the city, where we can play and recognize the towers, buildings and bell towers that we encountered during our walk

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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Kimberly 29 Nov 2023

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2023
Simona was a great guide. She is well informed and pointed out several things we otherwise wouldn't have known about the history of Genova and its beautiful architecture.
Fleur 23 Nov 2023

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Travelled alone - Nov 2023
Simona is amazing. She’s very sweet and tells you a lot about Genova just because she loves the city. This is what you feel during the tour. She’s involved with her group and is super willing to answer all your questions.
Dorreene 09 Nov 2023

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2023
Simona's tour was amazing. She gave us so much information about Genoa history as we explored tiny alleys. She was enthusiastic and made the tour fun. I highly recommend it.
Lara 08 Nov 2023

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Travelled alone - Nov 2023
Both Simona and the tour were amazing 💜 I had a great time discovering the city ☀️
Donna 03 Nov 2023
West Hartford

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2023
Simona’s love and knowledge of Genoa and its history, places and people makes her and this tour truly exceptional! Her energy and engagement with all of us made the city come alive!
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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 5 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
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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