Stopover in Genoa

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Stopover in Genoa

Arrival at the cruise port of Genoa

During your stopover in Genoa, you will be happy to know that you can easily disembark from the ship in just 7 minutes on foot, without having to take a taxi (free exit). This proximity will allow you to fully optimize your time.

I have had the opportunity to visit Genoa several times (even too many) because Genoa is the first port of embarkation, so in almost every itinerary, Genoa is on it. If you have already visited Genoa, opt for Portofino.

What to do in Genoa city center

  • Explorer the Old Port

Start your tour at the Porto Antico, the old port of Genoa. This historic area has been renovated and now offers a multitude of activities and sites to discover, such as the Aquarium of Genoa, one of the largest in Europe, and the Bigo, a panoramic elevator offering spectacular views of the city and the port.

  • Discover the Via Garibaldi

Stroll along Via Garibaldi, also known as Strada Nuova. This historic street is famous for its magnificent Renaissance palaces, such as Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Doria Tursi, which house museums and art collections.

  • Visit the San Lorenzo Cathedral

Don’t miss the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, a masterpiece of Gothic and Romanesque architecture. Admire its striped marble façade and explore the interior, where you’ll find impressive frescoes and the Chapel of St. John the Baptist. Visit this iconic church and its underground passages for €4.50/person.

What to do in the city center

  • Strolling through the Maddalena district

The Maddalena district is perfect for getting lost in the narrow and picturesque alleys. This authentic district offers a real immersion in Genoese life, with its small boutiques, local grocery stores and charming cafés.

  • Admire piazza de Ferrari

Piazza De Ferrari is the heart of Genoa. Admire its grand fountain and explore the surrounding buildings, such as the Ducal Palace and the Carlo Felice Theatre. It’s also a great starting point for exploring other parts of the city.

  • Discover the Palazzo Ducale

The Palazzo Ducale is a must-see. Former residence of the Doges of Genoa, this palace is today an important cultural center, hosting art exhibitions, concerts and various cultural events. Price 9€

  • Strolling in the Villetta di Negro park

Take a break in the Villetta Di Negro Park, a lovely park located on a hill with a beautiful view of the city. It is a great place to relax, take a walk or enjoy a picnic.

Bocadasse district

Stopover in Genoa

Now let’s talk about the charming Boccadasse district.

  • To get there, you can take a bus from Piazza Verdi (where the train station is) in the city center.
  • Take number 31 to reach this picturesque corner.
  • Walk for 20 minutes (it’s easy)

Boccadasse is famous for its colorful houses, picturesque little streets, delicious seafood restaurants, and beautiful beach. It is a real haven of peace where you can relax and enjoy the authentic atmosphere of the area. It is my favorite neighborhood in Genoa.


Stopover in Genoa

Highlights of the visit

  • Marine Biodiversity. Discover an incredible diversity of marine species from all corners of the globe. The aquarium is home to over 12,000 animals spread across 70 tanks, recreating different marine habitats.
  • Underwater Tunnel. Walk through the underwater tunnel for an immersive experience where you can watch sea creatures swim all around you, offering fascinating views of sharks, rays and other exotic fish.
  • Touch pool. Take part in an interactive experience by touching starfish and rays in the touch pool, an activity particularly popular with children.
  • Special Exhibits. Don’t miss the temporary exhibits and educational presentations that are held regularly to educate visitors about ocean conservation and marine life.

Useful information

  • Access. The Aquarium of Genoa is located at Ponte Spinola, Porto Antico, 16128 Genoa, Italy. It is easily accessible by bus or on foot from the cruise port exit (15 min walk).
  • Opening hours. The aquarium is open every day from 9am → 8pm (even on Sundays).

Why visit the Genoa Aquarium?

  • Education and Outreach. Learn more about marine ecosystems and conservation efforts through educational exhibits and programs.
  • Family entertainment. The aquarium offers a fun and educational day out for the whole family, with activities suitable for all ages.
  • Innovation and technology. Admire modern facilities and innovative technologies that faithfully recreate the natural habitats of marine species, offering a captivating visual experience.

Aquarium and Fantacinema Ticket “Combined Ticket”

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Stopover in Genoa – The enchanting city

Highlights of the excursion

  • Picturesque fishing village. Admire the charming colorful houses that line the harbor. Portofino is known for its breathtaking beauty and idyllic atmosphere.
  • Belvedere and Castello Brown. Enjoy the walk to Castello Brown, a historic fortress with spectacular views of the Mediterranean and the surrounding coast. From the Belvedere you will have one of the best panoramic views of Portofino.
  • San Giorgio Church. Visit the San Giorgio Church, perched on a hill overlooking the village, offering magnificent views of the harbor. This historic church houses relics of Saint George.

Useful information

  • Duration. The excursion lasts approximately 5 hours and is organized so that you return on time so as not to miss your boat. It is advisable to be punctual and take into account the boat’s departure times.

Why visit Portofino?

  • Natural beauty. Portofino is a paradise for nature lovers and photographers. The picturesque landscapes, turquoise waters and green hills offer unforgettable views.
  • History and Culture. Discover the rich history and cultural heritage of this important little village. Visit historical sites and learn more about local history.
  • Exclusive atmosphere. Experience the exclusive atmosphere of Portofino, known for its elegant boutiques, high-end restaurants and luxury yachts.

Day trip from Genoa to Portofino

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Cetacean Observation

Stopover in Genoa – Excursion to the Pelagos Sanctuary

Highlights of the excursion

  • Encounter with cetaceans. Meet whales, dolphins and other cetaceans in their natural habitat. The experience offers a unique opportunity to observe these majestic creatures up close.
  • Accompaniment by a marine biologist. Benefit from the knowledge of a marine biologist guide who will provide you with valuable information on cetaceans, their behavior and their ecosystem.
  • Spectacular views. Enjoy the breathtaking seascapes of the Gulf of Genoa, a privileged place for whale watching in the Mediterranean.

Useful information

  • Duration. The excursion lasts approximately 5 hours, providing ample time to maximize your chances of spotting cetaceans.
  • Departure. Departures are usually from the port of Genoa (not the one where you dock) but it is easily accessible from the city center (5 minutes on foot). It is advisable to arrive at least 30 minutes before departure time.

Why participate in this excursion?

  • Educational experience. Learn more about cetaceans and the challenges of their conservation through detailed explanations from a marine biologist.
  • Respect for the environment. The excursion takes place with respect for animals and their habitat, following responsible and sustainable practices.
  • Unforgettable moments. Experience magical moments watching whales and dolphins in their natural environment, creating lasting memories for the whole family.

Activities and extras

  • Photography. Capture spectacular photos of cetaceans and seascapes. Ask the guide for tips on how to get the best shots.
  • Questions and discussions. Take the opportunity to ask the marine biologist all your questions and learn more about marine life.
  • Relaxation break. Some excursions include breaks to relax on the boat, with light refreshments on board.

Whale watching boat tour in pelagos sanctuary

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Comment se déplacer?

How to get around

  • On foot. Explore Genoa at your own pace by strolling through the typical Italian alleys. It’s the best way to immerse yourself in local life and discover the city’s hidden treasures.
  • Metro. Use the metro line to easily get to tourist sites. There is only one metro line, you can’t go wrong. Opt for a day ticket for €4.50 to travel freely.
  • Small tourist train. Ideal for families, Pippo’s little train takes you to discover the different districts of Genoa in 45 minutes. Prices: €8/adult and €4/child (4-12 years).
  • Panoramic tourist bus. Admire the most beautiful places in Genoa from an open-top bus.

Genoa Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour

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