What to see in Genoa in 3 days

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Genoa "La Superba" famous for its Caruggi, the Aquarium, the Palazzo Ducale and its cuisine based on pesto and focaccia. Not only this Ligurian city nestled between the mountains and the sea, offers truly wonderful views and is ideal for spending a weekend. Let's find out together what to see in Genoa in 3 days.


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  4. How much does a weekend in Genoa cost
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1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Porto Antico, Bigo, Aquarium

Start the day by having breakfast at the Mukke Pazze Ice Cream Bar (€ 3,00) located at Porto Antico (S.Giorgio metro station) and start enjoying the Genoese atmosphere. From here we suggest you take the Bigo, an elevator that allows you to admire the city from 40 meters of height.

Reach the nearest Aquarium of Genoa, an unmissable attraction for both adults and children and allow yourself at least 2 hours to visit it, the structure contains 12.000 specimens of 600 different species (seasonal timetable, approximately at 9: 00-19: 30, € 23,00, children € 15,00) - buy the ticket priority entrance to the Genoa Aquarium

End the morning by having one walk along the harbor area, take some pictures of the Galleon used in the movie "Pirates" and stop for a break.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Galata Museo del Mare, Palazzo San Giorgio, Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Church of San Donato, Church of Matteo and San Luca and Church of Jesus

Before continuing the day, have lunch at Brigantino, a restaurant where you can eat fresh fish and many Ligurian specialties at fairly low prices for the area (€ 12,00-30,00).
Go to Galata the Museo del Mare, one of the most important maritime museums in the Mediterranean, to discover the history of navigation and boats: from rowing boats to large sailing ships. We recommend at least 1 hour to visit the museum (approximately 10: 00-19: 30, € 12,00, reduced € 10,00).

After the visit, go back to Bigo, pass Palazzo San Giorgio, historic building of the city with a double facade: th century on the back and th century on the front, today it is the seat of the Port Authority; take via San Lorenzo and arrive up to the homonymous one Cathedral, a splendid example of Genoese style. Inside there are works of all kinds: sculptures, paintings, frescoes (8: 00-12: 00/15: 00-19: 00. Museum: Mon-Sat 9: 00-12: 00/15: 00-18 : 00. Admission € 6,00). Here it is worth visiting the interior which also houses the Treasury Museum which contains the Holy Grail. End the day walking through the alleys of the center where there are also the Church of San Donato, the small church of Matteo and San Luca and that of Jesus

3 - Evening: dinner and after dinner in Piazza Erbe

For dinner we suggest the Trattoria Ugo which offers traditional Ligurian and Genoese dishes (from € 10,00 to € 30,00). If you want to stay late in the area of ​​Piazza Erbe most of the nightlife is concentrated; we recommend the Gradisca bar to have a drink (Get directions)

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,4 km / 43 min
  • Places visited: Porto Antico, Bigo, Aquarium (full € 23,00 - reduced € 20,00 - children € 15,00), Galata Museo del Mare (full € 12,00 - reduced € 10,00), Palazzo San Giorgio, Cathedral di San Lorenzo (€ 6,00), Church of San Donato, Church of Matteo and San Luca and Church of Jesus
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Genoa Aquarium; Genoa: Acquarioreale combo tickets, Genoa Museum Card valid for 24-48 hours
  • Breakfast at Bar Gelateria Mukke Pazze (Get directions), Lunch at Il Brigantino restaurant (Get directions), Dinner at Trattoria Ugo (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Piazza De Ferrari, House of Christopher Columbus, Towers of Sant'Andrea, National Gallery of Palazzo Spinola

Have a hearty breakfast at the Docue Patisserie Cafè (€ 3,50) in Piazza De Ferrari in the historic center of Genoa: around here sumptuous palaces, a fountain and the beautiful Carlo Felice theater stand out.

Cross Via Dante, to learn about the history of this city, and reach the House of Christopher Columbus (From November to March: Tue-Thu 11: 00-15: 00, Fri-Sun 10: 00-16: 00, from May to August Tue-Sun 11: 00-17: 00, April-September-October Tue -Sun 11: 00-17: 00; admission € 3,00) which is worth a visit together with Towers of Sant'Andrea at the Porta Soprana (from Nov to March: Tue-Sun 10: 30-16: 30, from May to August Tue-Sun 11: 30-18: 30, April-September-October Tue-Sun 11: 30-17: 30. Combined admission with Colombo's house € 5,00).

Then, in 10 minutes, go back passing through Piazza De Ferrari and go and visit the National Gallery of Palazzo Spinola, one of the most important in Genoa where you can see original furnishings, ceramics and engravings (from October to March Tue-Fri 10: 00-17: 00. Sat and Sun 10: 00-18: 00- From April to September Tue-Fri 10: 00-18: 00. Sat and Sun 10: 00-19 : 00. Full admission € 6,00, reduced € 4,50).

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Strada Nuova Museums, Basilica of the Santissima Annunziata, Spianata di Castelletto

Stop for lunch at the Taverna di Colombo which serves excellent dishes at reasonable prices (from € 13,00 to € 25,00).
After having refreshed you reach the very close ones Strada Nuova museums: Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Doria Tursi. The three aristocratic palaces are connected to each other through beautiful gardens; inside they house magnificent works of art, a very rich art gallery and precious relics (opening hours: from October to March Tue-Fri 10: 00-17: 00. Sat and Sun 10: 00-18: 00- From April to September Tue-Fri 10: 00-18: 00. Sat and Sun 10: 00-10: 00. Full admission € 6,00, reduced € 4,50).

At the end of the visit, cross Via Cairoli and in 5 minutes walk you will reach the Basilica of the Santissima Annunziata, a fantastic eighteenth-century Baroque church, rich in gold and marble.
End the afternoon by walking up to the Esplanade of Castelletto (10 minutes),an ideal romantic place at sunset to admire Genoa from above.

3 - Evening: dinner and after dinner in Piazza Lavagna

For dinner we suggest Cantina Rosso Rubino, a place in the center of Genoa that offers good food at reasonable prices. End the evening in Piazza Lavagna full of places suitable even for not very young people; very nice the Tire Bouchon (Get directions)

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,3 km / 46 min
  • Places visited: Piazza De Ferrari, House of Cristoforo Colombo (€ 3,00), Towers of Sant'Andrea, National Gallery of Palazzo Spinola (full € 6,00 - reduced € 4,50), Strada Nuova Museums (full € 6,00, 4,50 - reduced € ), Basilica of the Santissima Annunziata, Spianata di Castelletto
  • Genoa Museum Card valid for 24-48 hours
  • Breakfast at Douce Patisserie Cafè (Get directions), Lunch at Taverna di Colombo (Get directions), Dinner at Cantina Rosso Rubino (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Albertis Castle and Royal Palace

To start your last day in Genoa, take a bus that takes you to the Castello d'Albertis in 10 minutes (lines 35,36 from the historic center).
Get off at the Firenze 1 / Dogali or Sant'Ugo / Almeria stop and have breakfast at the nearby Caffè del Castello and then lose yourself in the ancient residence which today also houses the Museum of World Cultures (opening hours: from October to March Tue-Fri 10: 00-17: 00. Sat and Sun 10: 00-18: 00- From April to September Tue-Fri 10: 00-18: 00. Sat and Sun 10:00 -19: 00. Full admission € 6,00, reduced € 4,50).
After the visit, you can walk to the Royal Palace, one of the most beautiful 600th century architectural complexes in Genoa: its frescoed rooms, furnishings and decorations make it an unmissable stop (opening hours: Tue-Fri 9: 00-19: 00. Sat, Sun and holidays 13:30 -19: 00. Full admission € 6,00, reduced € 3,00).

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Palazzo Doria and Boccadasse

For lunch, stop at Trallaero, a place where you can eat Ligurian cuisine and also has tables outside (about € 20,00).
From here go to the neighbor Villa del Principe, the historical and noble residence of the only prince, Andrea Doria, that Genoa had. In addition to the very beautiful outdoor rooms, the building has a wonderful view of the Gulf of Genoa (opening hours every day from 10:00 to 18:00; admission € 9,00).

Once outside we suggest you spend the rest of the afternoon in Boccadasse, the ancient fishing village of Genoa. You can reach it by taking a train from Piazza Principe station, get off at Genova Sturla and then walk for 1 km (total time about 35 minutes).
Alternatively, you can choose the metro that goes from Doria / Principe to Piazza Dante / fieschi and from here bus 42 to Cavallotti1 / De Gasperi, 5 minutes from Boccadsse (total time 45 minutes).

Once you arrive in this small village go and visit the church of Sant'Antonio which leads to the square which has a beautiful viewpoint.
Walking along via Aurora you will have access to the heart of the center and in 10 minutes you can reach the top of the Capo Santa Chiara where the Rocca Tirrena o Turke Castle from which you can enjoy a magnificent panorama that extends as far as Portofino.

3 - Evening: Aperitif and dinner at Boccadasse

End your 3 days in Genoa with a good Vermentino-based aperitif in Piazza Nettuno alla Strambata. Then dine at Ge8317 ittiturismo Boccadasse, a fishermen's cooperative that serves very fresh and excellent fish (dinner from € 25,00 to € 40,00).
To return to Genoa, if it is too late you can take a taxi (about € 15,00) or until 20 pm there is bus 30 which from the De Gasperi stop, in 42 minutes, takes you to the historic center ( Dante25 / De Ferrari stop).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 8,3 km / 1 h 50 min
  • Places visited: Castello d'Albertis and Palazzo Reale (full € 6,00 - reduced € 3,00), Palazzo Doria and Boccadasse (€ 9,00)
  • 2-hour tour of ancient Genoa with audio guide, Genoa Museum Card valid for 24-48 hours
  • Breakfast at Caffè del Castello (Get directions), Lunch at Trallalero (Get directions), Dinner Ge8317 - Ittiturismo Boccadasse (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Genoa cost

Genoa is a rather expensive city, however if you plan to visit many museums, the card that allows you to see many attractions at a reduced price is worth it. When it comes to transport, it is worth buying the 24-hour pass. For overnight stays and places to eat, there are different proposals according to your needs and possibilities.

  • Costs to eat: about € 50,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 80,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest; with the Museum Card, however, you can save around € 30,00. (Buy the Genoa Museums Card online)
  • Transportation: approximately € 24,00 per person (transport card € 4,50 per day and return flight to airport); consider that if you buy the museum card, however, most of the means are included.
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: from € 55,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 15,00 per person (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, ...)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Genoa: from € 400,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Genoa: having a Mediterranean climate, Genoa lends itself to being visited all year round, but the best times to visit it are still the spring and early summer months, when the sun and excellent temperatures make the days ideal for visiting the city in all its glory - find out more
  • Cristoforo Colombo airport is 8 km from the city (flights from € 50,00), reachable by train in 18 minutes, stop at Piazza Principe station and from there reach the historic center by subway (Principe - S.Agostino station, € 1,50 single ride) or by bus (Volabus) which takes about 15 minutes (€ 6,00). An alternative to take into account is the taxi, which takes more or less the same time and costs around € 11,00
  • the best area to stay overnight is the center; via XX Settembre and the surroundings of the Brignole station are especially suitable for those who travel on foot. Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -
  • Getting around: you can move on foot or by public transport (bus and metro). The single ride costs € 1,50 but it is advisable to buy the GenovaPass which will allow you to take all means at a cost of € 4,50 (duration 24 hours). Also scattered around the city there are several lifts that connect the upper to the lower part and the famous funicular that connects Piazza Portello to the area of ​​the Circonvallazione Monte - find out more

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