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How to Spend 2 Days in Genoa

How to Spend 2 Days in Genoa

Discover Genoa’s history as the center of a powerful maritime republic, explore a hub of modern museums clustered at its port, and wander local fishing villages. The city’s location makes it a convenient jumping-off point for towns along the Italian Riviera, so here’s how to visit both city and coast in two days.

Day 1: Genoa

**Morning:**Stroll through the narrow alleys, called “carruggi,” surrounding the soaring Cathedral of San Lorenzo with a walking tour of Genoa’s old town. Then, move on to the city’s lavish palaces: the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale); the Royal Palace; and the Palazzi dei Rolli on Via Garibaldi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

**Afternoon:**Make the most of your afternoon at the revitalized port, booking advance skip-the-line tickets to popular draws like the Genoa Aquarium. The old port today houses museums, restaurants, and attractions, such as the Galata Maritime Museum, a tropical garden biosphere, panoramic elevator, and the Dialogue in the Dark sensory experience.

**Night:**Genoa’s distinct cuisine combines delicacies of land and sea. Take a food and wine tour through the city or opt for a hands-on cooking lesson to learn how to recreate classic dishes. Other foodie options include a pesto-making demonstration and tasting or a family-style dinner in a local home.

Day 2: Riviera

**Morning:**Genoa is the gateway to the Italian Riviera for many travelers, so spend your second day along the Ligurian coast visiting some of the most colorful fishing villages in the Mediterranean. Perhaps the most popular day trip is to the Cinque Terre, five pastel-hued hamlets clinging to the cliffs.

**Afternoon:**If you want to savor the charm of a time-capsule fishing village but would prefer to spend less time traveling, tour the village of Portofino just an hour’s drive south along the coast. Colorful houses line a doll-sized harbor, making this popular spot the quintessential coastal retreat.

**Night:**You may be surprised to learn that Genoa has its own fishing village, the pedestrian-only Boccadasse district at the end of the Corso Italia promenade just outside the city center. Spend your final evening relaxing over dinner or a gelato in this quaint and quiet corner of the city.

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Do Eat Better Experience - Food Tours in Genoa

Do Eat Better Experience - Food Tours in Genoa

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Capital of Italy’s beautiful Liguria region, the coastal city of Genoa takes great pride in its local cuisine—with fresh flavors and traditional recipes handed down through the generations. On this walking tour, explore Genoa’s culture and lifestyle through its food and learn why Italian cuisine is the envy of the world. Sample pasta dishes with fresh pesto, local cheeses and seafood, and savory pastries, and taste the flavors the locals love.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Authentic Cinque Terre - private tour

Authentic Cinque Terre - private tour

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This full-day, private tour makes it easier than ever to discover the charms of Cinque Terre. Meet your guide at your local accommodation, or at nearby train stations, and set off for a guided tour of all five Cinque Terre villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Spot vineyards, castles, and churches as you go, and admire the seaside views. Depending on the weather, travel by ferry or train (own expense).
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  • 7 hours
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$297.81
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Genoa City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Genoa City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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See all the highlights of the beautiful coastal city of Genoa with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket good for 48 hours. Enjoy great views of the city from the open-air top of a double-decker bus as you listen to commentary about the city and what you’re seeing. Get on at any of the 8 stops, and hop off any time you want to explore one of the nearby attractions. It’s the perfect way to get to know Genoa.
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  • 1 hour
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Traditional Home Cooking Class in Genoa

Traditional Home Cooking Class in Genoa

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Immerse yourself in Italian culture with a hands-on home cooking class. Learn to prepare an authentic four-course Genoese lunch with local wine and coffee. Work with your host to discover the secrets to traditional Genoese pesto, trofiette pasta, panzanella, and dessert. Sit down and enjoy your meal on a terrace overlooking the ocean and bring your new cooking skills and printed recipes home with you
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  • 3 hours
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Dining Experience at a local's Home in Genoa

Dining Experience at a local's Home in Genoa

Indulge in a culinary experience in picturesque Genoa during this half-day, dining tour that focuses on local, traditional recipes as well as food traditions and people. Enjoy a four-course meal and learn to prepare a starter, pasta, traditional Italian main, and dessert served alongside locally produced wines and fresh, strong espresso.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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