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Northern Italy Walking Tours: City Tours

Introductory Tour of Genoa


Discovering Genoa: The Superb City of the Sea

A Tour of Genoa with Your Own Italy unveils the rich tapestry of history, culture, and maritime heritage that defines this fascinating Italian city. Nestled on the Ligurian coast, Genoa, or Genova, as it’s known in Italian, is a city of contrasts, where medieval charm meets modern vibrancy, and narrow alleyways lead to expansive piazzas and grand palazzos. This personalized journey takes you through Genoa’s historic center, one of the largest in Europe, to explore its renowned art, architectural wonders, and the bustling port that has been the heart of the city for centuries.

Discovering Genoa: The Superb City of the Sea

The Historic Center and Via Garibaldi
Begin your exploration in Genoa’s historic center, a maze of narrow streets and alleys known as ‘caruggi.’ This area is home to the UNESCO-listed Via Garibaldi, famed for its opulent Renaissance and Baroque palaces, such as Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco, and Palazzo Tursi, which now house impressive art collections. A walk along Via Garibaldi offers a glimpse into the wealth and power of Genoa’s past maritime republic.

The Old Port and the Aquarium
No visit to Genoa is complete without experiencing its vibrant Old Port (Porto Antico). Revitalized by architect Renzo Piano, the port area is a lively space where culture, entertainment, and history converge. Here, you’ll find the Genoa Aquarium, one of the largest and most technologically advanced in Europe, offering an immersive journey through marine ecosystems around the world.

Cathedral of San Lorenzo
Discover the heart of Genoa’s religious life at the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, with its striking black-and-white striped façade and richly decorated interior. The cathedral houses significant artworks and relics, including the Sacro Catino, said to be the Holy Grail.

Lantern of Genoa
For panoramic views of the city and harbor, a visit to the Lantern of Genoa (La Lanterna), the city’s iconic lighthouse and one of the oldest in the world still in operation, is a must. The surrounding park offers a peaceful retreat with stunning vistas of the Ligurian Sea.

Your Own Italy: Tailoring Your Exploration of Genoa

With Your Own Italy, your tour of Genoa is more than just a sightseeing trip—it’s an immersive experience designed around your interests. From the architectural marvels of the historic center to the maritime traditions that have shaped the city, we ensure your journey through Genoa is as enriching as it is memorable.

Embark on Your Genoese Adventure

Are you ready to delve into the rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning landscapes of Genoa? Contact Your Own Italy to start planning your personalized tour. Discover the unique charm of this Ligurian gem, from its ancient streets to its bustling port, and experience the enduring allure of Genoa, a city that has captivated travelers for centuries.

What's Included

  • Expert, licensed English-speaking guide
  • Private tour of Gemoa

Tips for Your Genoa Tour

Comfortable Footwear: Be prepared for walking on cobblestone streets and exploring hilly areas.
Sun Protection: Especially in the summer months, sun protection is essential while wandering through the open spaces and along the port.
Cultural Respect: When visiting religious sites, please dress modestly and be mindful of local customs.
Local Cuisine: Take the opportunity to savor Genoese specialties, such as pesto Genovese, focaccia, and farinata, in one of the city’s many cafes and restaurants.


Is there a dress code I should know about?
There is a dress code for churches and basilicas. Shoulders and knees must be covered; shorts, miniskirts, and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. It is also recommended that you not take large bags or backpacks on tours that include churches as you may not be permitted to enter and storage accommodations are not usually available.
What if there is bad weather?
Our tours operate rain or shine!
Is tipping customary in Italy?
Tipping is indeed customary in Italy ! It is considered a kind gesture and proper etiquette to leave “a little something extra” depending on the level of service you receive. For a private guide it is suggested to leave 15 – 25 euros for a typical 3-hour tour.
What happens after I’ve requested a booking through your website?
Your Own Italy will send a confirmation email within 24 hours of your booking. You will then be invited to make your payment using a link that will be provided.
Can wheelchair users go on this walking tour?
Not all walking tours are fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with walking disabilities. However, if anyone in your group requires special accommodation, please let us know when completing the booking and we will work out suitable alternative routes.
Can tours be modified?
Yes, we will do our best to adjust any tour to accommodate special requests.
How far in advance should I book my walking tour?
Tours should be booked 48 hours in advance. While we cannot guarantee availability if booking occurs in less than 48 hours, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
What are Your Own Italy’s payment terms?
Full payment is due when the tour confirmation email is sent, within 24 hours of your booking. You will be provided with a link to our payment page. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
What is your cancellation policy?
Tours must be canceled by email 24 hours prior to the start of the tour. If cancellation is made in less than this time, Your Own Italy cannot guarantee a full refund.
How do I amend a reservation?
Any changes to existing reservations must be requested by email. All efforts will be made to accommodate changes, but they cannot be guaranteed.
What should I do if I have a larger group than the size suggested on the website?
Your Own Italy is delighted to accommodate large groups. Please specify the number in your party when booking, and every effort will be made to organize a tour within the time limits provided.

Meeting Point

Please specify when booking whether you would prefer to meet your private guide at your accommodations or at a designated point near the highlights of the tour.

Duration Of Tour

Walking Tours last approximately 3 hours unless otherwise specified.
Tour times are average – some groups prefer a more leisurely pace with fewer sites, with your private guide, this is your option.