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Things To Do In Genoa, Italy 


Modified: December 27, 2023

by Thalia O.

Geona, Italy
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Welcome to Genoa, Italy! This is the sixth-largest city of Italy and the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and Paganini. This northern city sits on the Ligurian Sea and is perhaps one of the most underrated cities in Italy.


Genoa is a great place to spend a few days exploring piazza’s, churches and palaces. From a rich history to beautiful architecture and some amazing food, Genoa is a must for anyone wanting to experience the full breadth of what Italy has to offer.


In this guide, we are going to discuss some of Genoa’s hottest must-see attractions. Certainly, it will entice you to add this spectacular city to your itinerary for your next Italian adventure.



Stroll Around Via Garibaldi

Via Garibaldi, Genoa, Italy

Photo by Андрей Романенко (Wikimedia Commons)


Take a stroll down the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Via Garibaldi (or Strada Nuova or Strada Museo). You will be overwhelmed by the spectacular architecture that you can find here.


There are many palaces and museums up and down this street that has been there since the 16th century. Some of these include Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco, and Palazzo Lomelino. All the palaces that are open to the public are wonderful and a great way to get into the history of Genoa, Italy.



Snap Some Photos In Boccadasse

Boccadasse, Genoa, Italy

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This fishermen’s district of Genoa, Italy is by far one of the most photo-friendly you will find. Set on the East side of the Corso Italia, you will witness a full view of the spectacular pebble beach. Here you can also find some of the most romantic vistas available in Genoa.


Take in some of the traditional sights like the colourful boats of the fishermen, as they sit in the small harbour or float across the water. This is a great place to relax, grab a glass of wine and simply enjoy the wonder of  Boccadasse.



Check Out The Paintings At Palazzo Rosso

Palazzo Rosso, Genoa, Italy

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Now a museum, Palazzo Rosso was originally built in the late 17th century. This was used to be a place where the famous guests of the Genoan’s state settled.


Now, you can stroll through the majestically decorated palace and get a taste of what the aristocracy of a bygone area lived like. You can also check out some famous portraits and paintings here.



Savour Some Bites In Corso Italia

Corso Italia, Genoa, Italy

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Take a stroll down the Corso Italia on your way to grabbing a bite in the Boccadasse. This 2.5 km promenade will have you gliding along the beaches of the Genoa harbour. Wrapped by amazing architecture and stunning views of the Ligurian Sea, the Corso is a must for experiencing the classic afternoon stroll.


There is so much history surrounding this promenade. You can take in art deco buildings and an abbey from the 13th century, and even walk past the beach where the fabulous Sophia Loren was crowned Miss Italia. 



Explore Riviera In Portofino

Riveria in Portofino, Genoa, Italy

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If you are looking for a lovely day trip, then heading out to Portofino is a great choice. This fishing village has become known for its resorts and famous vacationers. Portofino is a must-see for anyone looking for a beautiful Italian Riviera experience.


Known for its beautiful colourful buildings, this village has something for everyone. You can enjoy fine restaurants that serve exquisite Ligurian fare, as well as learn Portofino’s history that dates back to the early A.D. years.  



Get A Panoramic View On The Bigo Lift

Bigo Panoramic Lift, Genoa, Italy

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Everyone wants the best panoramic view possible when visiting the magnificent cities of Europe. When in Genoa one of these views come at the top of the 40-meter Bigo Panoramic Lift.


Bigo Panoramic Lift is not an attraction for those that are afraid of heights. However, if you are brave enough, make your way to the top and get a full 360-degree view of Genoa. The amazing harbour will allow you to take some pictures that you will want to immediately frame when you get home.



See The Sights At Piazza De Ferrari

Piazza de Ferrari, Genoa, Italy

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The centre of Genoa is adorned with a beautiful Piazza that is surrounded by spectacular 19th-century architecture and topped off with a giant fountain at its centre. The Piazza de Ferrari is a great place to take in some sights, have a little bite to eat, or simply take that evening stroll.


Many important buildings surround this square. Some of the sights you may want to check are the Doge’s Palace, Teatro de Carlo Felice and the art galleria that now resides in the palace of the Dukes. Certainly, you can enjoy your day just hanging around Piazza de Ferrari.



Explore The Towers At Porta Soprana

Porta Soprana, Geona, Italy

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Genoa, Italy once had the longest city walls. You can still see some of these if you visit Porta Soprana.


Here you will find two towers and a gatehouse that you can explore. Taking a walk up to the top of the towers will give yet another spectacular view of this amazing city.



Revel In The Wonder Of San Lorenzo Cathedral

San Lorenzo Cathedral, Genoa, Italy

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If you are in Europe, you are going to see some cathedrals. Take a walk through the halls of the cathedral of Genoa, otherwise known as San Lorenzo Cathedral.


This magnificent church is also just a short walk from the Piazza de Ferrari. The houses are not only a richly decorated church but have pre-Christian tombs and Roman ruins. Built on the 12th century and continuously updated through the centuries, this cathedral is a must-see.



Enjoy The View At Spianata Castelletto

Spianata Castelletto, Genoa, Italy

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Venturing into another quarter of Genoa, you can find Spianata Castelletto. This residential quarter of Castelletto was once home to a fortress. Now it is a great place to spend a day just roaming the city streets. However, the chief star of this quarter is the view from the Spinata, which is a raised platform above the city.


From its viewing area, you will get yet another spectacular panorama of the city and its stunning harbour. You can relax in the courtyard and take in the beauty of Genoa.



Have A Glimpse Of The Marine Life In Genoa Aquarium

Genoa Aquarium, Genoa, Italy

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Are you looking for an activity to get you away from the hot day’s sun? Then take time to explore Genoa Aquarium and take a glimpse of their marine life.


Have a trip in this giant aquarium and explore the creatures and habitats of both the Ligurian Sea and the North Atlantic. Also, learn while you have fun at this spacious and well-designed aquarium.



Take A Trip Back In Time At Castello D’Albertis

Castello d'Albertis, Genoa, Italy

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Not as ancient as it sounds, Castello d’Albertis was built in the 18th century in the style of Gothic Revival. A little way away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Genoa, this castle is home to a museum of World Cultures.


In its rooms, you will find antiquities from around the globe including weaponry from several countries and even Mayan artefacts. This is a great way to spend a few hours if you are into history. Plus, the castle is another place to grab yourself a great view of the Ligurian sea and Genoa.


Final Thoughts…

Sometimes the best experiences happen when you create your path. Taking time to visit Genoa, Italy and see all the amazing things this ancient city has to offer may just make your Italian adventure stand out above the rest. Plus, you will get to experience a part of the Italian culture most miss out on. How cool is that!


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