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Genoa Cathedral (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo) Tours

Genoa Cathedral (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo)
In the heart of Genoa’s old town, Genoa Cathedral (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo) is the most important church in the city. It’s a soaring Gothic and Romanesque masterpiece in alternating bands of black and white marble, where the magnificent art and architecture serve as reminders of this former maritime republic’s historic wealth and power.
 
The Basics
Construction of Genoa's cathedral began in the early 11th century, though the facade and interiors weren’t completed until centuries later under Perugian architect Galeazzo Alessi. As a result, the architecture blends Romanesque, Gothic, and mannerist elements. Inside, the cathedral is decorated with sumptuous 14th-century frescoes and is home to the chalice said to have been used by Christ during the Last Supper (displayed in the Treasury Museum beneath the cathedral).
 
San Lorenzo Cathedral is a popular stop on hop-on hop-off or private walking or scooter tours, along with the Palazzi dei Rolli, Palace of the Doges, and Old Port. Tours of Genoa’s historic center can be paired with day trips to the nearby coastal villages of Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino, and the Cinque Terre.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended if you’re taking a walking tour of Genoa.
  • Photography without flash is allowed inside the cathedral.
  • Modest attire that covers shoulders and knees is required to enter the church.
  • The Cathedral is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
 
How to Get There
Genoa Cathedral is located in the heart of Genoa’s historic center, an easy walk from the port and a short metro ride from the train station. Get off at the De Ferrari stop.
 
When to Get There
The cathedral closes daily from noon to 3pm, so be sure to plan your visit for the morning or late afternoon to be able to admire the interiors and visit the Treasury Museum on the lower level.
 
Underground Treasures
Beneath the main level of the cathedral, the Treasury Museum displays a collection of sacred art and religious artifacts in gold and silver, dating from the 11th to the 19th centuries. Highlights include the ninth-century glass Sacro Catino (believed for centuries to be Jesus’ Holy Chalice), the Byzantine Croce degli Zaccaria reliquary, and a chest containing the ashes of St. John the Baptist.
Address: Piazza San Lorenzo, Genoa 16123, Italy
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35 Tours and Activities to Experience Genoa Cathedral (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo)

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Segway Tour Caruggi

Segway Tour Caruggi

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Explore the city of Genoa with ease on a Segway during this small-group sightseeing tour. Learn about the importance of this historic port city as you zoom around historic landmarks including the Old Port district, the UNESCO-listed Caruggi area, and the Ducal Palace. End your tour with a relaxed walk along the seafront in the Porto Antico. All necessary equipment is provided and no previous Segway experience is necessary.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Rickshaw tour in Genova

Rickshaw tour in Genova

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You will discover the most hidden places of Genoa, guided by local people who will entertain you with interesting stories and anectdotes about our beautiful city. Tours are available in english, french, spanish, german and italian.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.79
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$64.79
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Genoa City Center Semi-Private Tour with San Lorenzo Cathedral & Rolli's Street

Genoa City Center Semi-Private Tour with San Lorenzo Cathedral & Rolli's Street

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Without a doubt, Genoa is one of the most charming and historically significant cities in Italy. The city 's unique blend of history and culture has long drawn visitors from all over the world. Its historical center is the largest of any European city, demonstrating Genoa's historical significance as an economic powerhouse. For two and half hours, you will be exploring the wonders of the city, led by an expert local guide. You will be weaving your way through the alley in the historical center, be enthralled by the Gothic-Romanesque style San Lorenzo Cathedral, which you can visit; and then view the incredible "Rolli" Palaces on Via Garibaldi; a real demonstration of Renaissance style. Christopher Columbus' home will stop at the main square. At the end of the tour you will go to the Castelletto esplanade and have a 360º view of the city from above. A unique ending to the tour!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.45
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$76.45
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Tour of Genoa and Day Trip to Portofino from Genoa

Tour of Genoa and Day Trip to Portofino from Genoa

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Explore the vibrant port city of Genoa as well as the gorgeous seaside resort town of Portofino during this full-day experience. Enjoy a morning walking tour of the historic city of Genoa, followed by an excursion to the pretty coastal town of Portofino.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$108.11
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$108.11
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Guided tour of Genoa

Guided tour of Genoa

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You will have an AUTHORIZED LOCAL GUIDE, prepared and passionate at your disposal, to discover not only the history and art of Genoa, but also its traditions, culinary specialties (and you will have a little taste of it!) And the life of all days of a magnificent city, but which preserves its most beautiful treasures with great reserve.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Genoa tour by taxi and on foot

Genoa tour by taxi and on foot

A local tour guide, lover of his land, will explain to you every aspect of life and history of the city.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Genoa vegan food tour

Genoa vegan food tour

The first vegan tour in Genoa! More and more people are vegan nowadays, but do you know that most of our grandmothers' delicacies are vegan? During this walking tour, you will taste traditional vegan finger food, such as focaccia, farinata and much more. Meanwhile you will find out where to buy vegan products, or where to enjoy a good vegan lunch or dinner. You’ll also learn the unique history of the ancient Sea Republic along the way, discovering the Old Port, the maze of typical narrow alleyways, the Cathedral, the Ducal Palace and the main square. This tour will make your mouth water! Guided walking tour with a vegan licensed local guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Genoa private guided tour, the explorer Columbus house, the superb Cathedral

Genoa private guided tour, the explorer Columbus house, the superb Cathedral

Genoa one of the most important and rich cities during the Age of the Republic of Genoa was the homeland of duke Andrea Doria, the home town of the famous explorer Christopher Columbus and of the compositor Paganini: this city is really interesting. This is a private guided tour for your group only or only for you if you are a single tourist.
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  • 4 hours
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Genoa classical Tour

Genoa classical Tour

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The language level is always excellent. We strive to entertain and make you fall in love with our city. I personally enjoy being with people, love telling them about our art and history, but also about our lifestyle, traditions, wines and food. Genoa is generally a surprise and travellers are often amazed at how much this city can offer in terms of art, culture, food, entertainment, The great thing is the surprize factor: Genoa is not very well-known and people don't expect to find so much beauty.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$246.17
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$246.17
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Genoa Street Food Tour

Genoa Street Food Tour

Meet a true PROFESSIONAL LICENCED GUIDE, passionate about the city, who lives and works in the city. Talk to a true Genovese who can introduce you to the secrets of a mesmerizing city. Enjoy the relaxed pace of a typical Italian day. Discover local quality food, pop in and out of antique shops while learning about art, culture, food and lifestyle.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.76
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Exclusive Historic Shops Tour in Genoa

Exclusive Historic Shops Tour in Genoa

Language barriers can make it tricky for visitors to communicate at local shops in Genoa. Avoid potential translation issues, and discover secret local spots you likely wouldn’t uncover alone by going on a historic shops tour. Highlights include a chocolate factory, a barber shop, a luxury clothes store, a butcher, a pastry shop, an ancient pharmacy, and much more. A perk of the experience is that snacks and alcoholic beverages are included.
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  • 3 hours 18 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$137.66
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$137.66
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Genoa private walking tour with a local guide

Genoa private walking tour with a local guide

Experience Genoa with a guide on a comprehensive, private, walking tour. Discover the intricate network of alleyways that make up the City’s medieval center, see the old harbor, Piazza De Ferrari, the Opera house, and many more historic sights. Learn about the city’s culture and hear the stories behind the landmarks and buildings that you pass. Avoid tourist traps, and gain context and understanding of your surroundings with a one on one tour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$358.32
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Genoa Food Tour with Trofie al Pesto at Mercato Orientale and Walking to Caruggi

Genoa Food Tour with Trofie al Pesto at Mercato Orientale and Walking to Caruggi

Take this tour to embrace not only the deliciousness of the cuisine of Genoa, but also the beauties of the city. In company of a local gourmand guide, you will taste many delights the city has to offer! Through the alleyways of the city, you will first try the typical Focaccia, irresistible flat bread with oil and salt. Then you will stroll down the food market, with fruit and vegetable stalls, fresh fish and just baked bread, and don’t forget to smell the basil fragrance that invades the market. Along the way you will try fried squids and stockfish, and speaking of basil, you will stop to eat a plate of "Trofie al Pesto". Genoa is famous for its basil and if you are in town you can’t miss a plate of pasta with pesto. At the end try a curious desert typical of Genoa, candied rose buds and candied violet petals to sweeten your tour. Live Genoa like a true Genoese!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.88
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Genoa sightseeing walking tour with a Local through Caruggi and Rolli Palaces

Genoa sightseeing walking tour with a Local through Caruggi and Rolli Palaces

A great choice for first-time visitors and travelers who are short on time, this tour visits a handful of the city’s main highlights. Visit the San Lorenzo Cathedral and walk along Via Garibaldi, the site of 42 impressive palaces built between the 16th and 18th centuries by powerful Genoese families. You’ll also visit  Piazza de Ferrari, the main square, and Spianata Castelletto, a scenic viewpoint with 360-degree views of the city.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.71
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Genoa Street Food Tour with Local Foodie Guide

Genoa Street Food Tour with Local Foodie Guide

Street food is ready-to-eat food made with local traditional dishes and sold in the streets to take with you on the go. Genoa is the perfect place to enjoy street food, for its delicious dishes that easily made to take with you while visiting the city centre. Meeting your local guide in the port area of Genoa, start your culinary journey in the historical centre. Get lost in the maze of alleys, called Caruggi, while savouring 3 different flavours of delicious Focaccia, typical flat bread flavoured with oil, onion or olives. Enjoy how the typical Basil Pesto is made and try some of it freshly made in front of you! Next, walk by the main squares of Genoa, Piazza San Lorenzo and Piazza De Ferrari while eating some freshly fried seafood, an authentic delicacy you can find in cities by the sea. End your culinary journey with two sweet treats Gelato and typical Canestrelli, literally “little baskets”, sweet cookies that originated in the Ligurian area. Are you hungry yet?
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Genoa Street Food Tour with Local Guide through Caruggi of Historical Centre

Genoa Street Food Tour with Local Guide through Caruggi of Historical Centre

If you want to live a unique experience in Genoa, you cannot miss this tour! In 2 hours you will get to see the main highlights of Genoa while eating typical dishes on the go. With the company of a local guide you will start the tour from the Old Port of Genoa and you will go into the heart of the city, the historical centre. While walking along the alleys, crossing the main squares, Piazza San Lorenzo and Piazza De Ferrari, and marvelling at Genoa’s architecture, you will try typical dishes on the go. Learn how to make fresh Basil Pesto and try some on a piece of bread. Try some freshly fried seafood, typical of cities by the sea. Taste some delicious Focaccia, typical flat bread that will be available in three different flavours: olive oil, onions and olives. Try all three of them! End the tour with sweet treats: Gelato and Canestrelli, that are typical Ligurian cookies. Share your love for food with fellow foodies like you, while enjoying some culture, history and architecture!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.71
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Genoa Private Walking Tour with Local Guide including Ride on Panoramic Lift

Genoa Private Walking Tour with Local Guide including Ride on Panoramic Lift

Thanks to this tour you can explore the main highlights of Genoa in just 2 and a half hours with a local guide. Thanks to the knowledge of your guide, you will get to learn all about the history and curiosities of this beautiful city. Meet your guide at the Old Port and lose yourself in the maze of alleys that represent Genoa. The alleys in Ligurian dialect are called Caruggi and will take in every part of the city. Reach the main squares, Piazza San Lorenzo and Piazza De Ferrari and pass by the most important street Via Garibaldi. This street houses the former residences of wealthy people, the Rolli Palaces, that are today part of the World Heritage of UNESCO. Best for last, you will get the lift up to Spianata Castelletto, that is a terrace that overlooks Genoa. From here you can have a 360º view of the city from above. Explore the beauty and the hidden gems of this city with your family, loved one or friends in this private tour of Genoa!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$191.35
Price varies by group size
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$191.35
Price varies by group size
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Genoa Private Walking Tour with Ride up to the

Genoa Private Walking Tour with Ride up to the "360 ° city view Balcony" by Lift

Do you want to spend a few hours with your family in Genoa being guided by local? This tour is perfect for you! Meet your guide at the port of Genoa and start your journey through the tiny alleyways of the historical center called "Caruggi" in Ligurian dialect. Pass by Piazza Banchi and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, with its black and white striped facade. Continue your way through Via Garibaldi where you can admire at the Rolli Palaces, a series of royal palaces that were assigned to the noble families that would embellish them in the best way. Rolli contain true works of architecture! Finally arrive at Piazza De Ferrari where you can admire the Ducal Palace (the residence of the Doge), the Carlo Felice Opera House, and the remains of the house of Christopher Columbus. End the tour on Spanata Castelletto where you can marvel at Genoa's beauties from above and discover its true essence!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$191.35
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$191.35
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Genoa Traditional Street Food and City Sightseeing Tour with Local Guide

Genoa Traditional Street Food and City Sightseeing Tour with Local Guide

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Do not miss the opportunity to marvel at the highlights of the historical centre of Genoa, while savouring the delicacies of the Ligurian cuisine and while listening to the stories that your local guide will tell you of the city. The Street Food tour of Genoa is a unique experience that will let you try the main dishes of Genoa on the go! You will meet your local guide at the Old Port of Genoa, and from here you will start you multi-sensorial experience. Enjoy some freshly fried seafood, typical of cities by the sea. Then follow the scent of basil to your next stop, where you will see how pesto is made a try some freshly made! Walk across the main squares of Genoa, Piazza San Lorenzo and Piazza De Ferrari and enjoy some typical flat bread, flavoured with oil, onions or olives. If you have a sweet tooth, this is your moment! Enjoy some Italian Gelato and a traditional Ligurian cookie called Canestrelli, in English “little baskets”. This experience will involve all five your senses!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.26
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$71.26
Price varies by group size

Genoa City Center Walking Tour with Rolli's Street & Panoramic Balcony City View

Genoa City Center Walking Tour with Rolli's Street & Panoramic Balcony City View

Genoa is one of the most beautiful cities of Italy, which offer a rich history, a strong culture and of course the sea. The historical centre of Genoa is one of the largest ones in Europe, so do not miss the opportunity to visit this marvellous city! You will meet your local guide at the Old Port and from here your journey will start. Walk along the typical alleys of the city, where you can find numerous cafés, restaurants and boutiques. Walk across the beautiful squares of Piazza San Lorenzo and Piazza De Ferrari. Pass by the stunning Rolli Palaces, UNESCO World Heritage. Next reach Cristopher Columbus' House, where you can see the three caravels designed with flowerbeds in the gardens nearby. Finally end the tour in Spianata Castelletto, a spectacular terrace with a full view of Genoa. In 2 and a half hours you will truly immerse yourself in the culture, architecture and history of Genoa!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.46
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$67.46

Old Port bike Tour

Old Port bike Tour

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Hop on a bicycle and explore Genoa’s historic centre with us. You will encounter an urban city towards Art and Architecture, from the Middle Ages to the Modern Era. It has never been so easy and fun to discover Genoa by bike, so don't miss the opportunity and visit us. Bring your own camera to record everything. We will stop in a few important sites, very appreciated and visited by those who love sightseeing and breathtaking canvas. This tour was developed especially for those who cannot abandon a bicycle and really want to take a different and unique tour throughout Genoa’s downtown.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.74
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$77.74

do it like a local! afternoon tour from the mountains to the sea by e-bike

do it like a local! afternoon tour from the mountains to the sea by e-bike

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Ride the city on your e-bike, together we will live a tour to discover all the secrets of Genoa and to admire its beauties. From the hills to the sea for a bike ride that embraces all the facets of the Superba: the hills with breathtaking views, the historic center and its beauties, the Ligurian sea and its splendid coast.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$37.58
per group
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$37.58
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Segway Tour Via Del Campo

Segway Tour Via Del Campo

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Discover Europe's largest medieval historic center, with the amazing Segway, in an hour ! Let our staff accompany you on a unique adventure, crossing the ancients alleys, visiting the most important places and the most significant monuments, in complete safety and practicality. The best way to get a complete overview of the whole Genoese center, in a short time.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$41.30
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$41.30
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Good Morning rider: discovering the town by bike

Good Morning rider: discovering the town by bike

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A tour especially designed for those whom can't stop cycling. After a guided tour of the city center and a taste of our flavors you will be free to discover the town by yourself having the bike to ride until 7.00 pm. Chose your favourite bike or e-bike and unveal the beauty of "La Superba"
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.74
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$77.74

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