OVERVIEW: Discover Genoa and its history, from the elegant city center to the surrounding panoramic hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: Enjoy a guided walking tour of the sites of Genoa including opulent mansions, palaces, fountains, statues and frescoes. Afterwards, you'll have approx. one hour of free time for independent exploration.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approximately 1 mile (1.5 hours) over various surfaces, inclines, and 25 – 35 steps.
Discover Genoa and its history, from the elegant city center to the surrounding panoramic hills.
-Carignano Hill: Glimpse a panoramic view of Genoa.
-External views of Palazzo San Giorgio, the Opera Theater and Palazzo Ducale
-Via Garibaldi: Walk along the “Golden Road” featuring mansions, palaces and the Town Hall.
-Corso Italia: Ride along the sea promenade.
-Free Time: Enjoy approx. one hour to explore the treasures of Genoa independently.
Begin your half-day adventure, passing through the harbor area and by the remains of the home of Christopher Columbus. Continue to Carignano Hill for a panoramic view of the city. Drive past the 13th century Palazzo San Giorgio in front of the new Expo area which was designed by Renzo Piano. The Palazzo was once the seat of government and later housed a bank. You’ll also pass the biggest aquarium in Europe.
Leave your coach and walk along the pride of Genoa, Via Garibaldi, once known as the golden road. This street features opulent mansions including the white and red palaces. Also see the former residence of Doria Tursi, now the Town Hall and home to such relics as Paganini’s violin and Columbus’ manuscripts. Continue to Piazza De Ferrari for outside views of the Opera Theatre Carlo Felice and the 13th century Palazzo Ducale. This former residence of the Genoese Doges is adorned with fountains, statues and frescoes by Corlone and Tiepolo, and has been recently converted into an exhibition center.
Rejoin your coach for the drive to Corso Italia, the sea promenade, before passing the 13th century Abbey of San Giuliano and the elegant 16th century villas of the Albaro quarter. On the return to the harbor, you will pass through Via XX Settembre (the main commercial street), Via Roma, Piazza Corvetto, and the Castelletto district to enjoy a panoramic view of the old town.
What to Bring:
-You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port
-Camera and local currency
What to Wear:
-During summer, hats and other forms of sun protection are highly recommended.
-Flat-soled, comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended.
-Guests are requested to dress conservatively when visiting sacred sites. Clothing should cover shoulders and knees. Shorts and vests are inappropriate.
-Guests must be able to walk approximately 1 mile (1.5 hours) over various surfaces, inclines, and 25 - 35 steps.
-On Sundays and church holidays, tour groups are not allowed inside the church during services. However, entry will be allowed on an individual basis to view the interior quietly and reverently.
-Time permitting; guests will have approximately 1 hour of free time for browsing and shopping.
- This tour will be offered for the Mariner of the Seas - only for guests debarking in the port of Civitavecchia.