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    What to see in Genoa on a cruise: do-it-yourself itineraries, tips and tours

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    The port of Genoa is one of the stops for Mediterranean cruises and covers 40% of the total traffic.
    Each year, 1,35 million passengers pass through disembarking, boarding and day trips, taking holidays on ships of various companies.
    Often it becomes an opportunity to discover the city and although the time available is usually not very much, it is possible to see the main attractions of the "Superba".

    So here's one for you guide on how to visit genoa on a cruise: what to see in half a day.



    Index

    1. Itinerary for do-it-yourself cruise passengers: 10 things to see
    2. Recommended itinerary: what to see in half a day
    3. Tours and excursions for cruise passengers
    4. Tourist bus Genoa: Cost, itinerary and stops
    5. Useful Tips
    6. User questions and comments

    Itinerary for do-it-yourself cruise passengers: 10 things to see

    Genoa is a city that has a lot to offer: between museums, palaces, galleries, churches and entertainment, you will really be spoiled for choice.

    However during a stopover on a cruise trip, it will be impossible to see everything, but it is necessary to prioritize yourself and visit what is more akin to your tastes.

    We we suggest 10 attractions among the best you can visit in Genoa, then it's up to you to choose what to see and how to best organize your small itinerary!

    1. Aquarium: 70 tanks, 4 of which are open air in the Cetacean Pavilion and 15.000 animals divided into 400 species including fish, marine mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and invertebrates.
      Distance from port: 1,5 km, 10 minutes by metro, 18 minutes on foot - Get directions
      Cost from € 18,00 to € 38,00, based on the chosen entrance ticket
      Recommended tours: Aquarium of Genoa: priority ticket / guided tour of the Aquarium of Genoa
    2. Biosphere: steel and glass structure, adjacent to the Aquarium, which houses a portion of tropical rainforest with over 150 animal and plant species.
      Distance from port: 1,5 km, 10 minutes by metro, 18 minutes on foot - Get directions
      Ticket included in some Aquarium tickets
      Recommended tour: Aquarium Village ticket with panoramic lift
    3. Galata Museum of the Sea: first maritime museum in the Mediterranean with the full-scale reproduction of a Genoese galley; in front of the building there is the Nazario Sauro submarine, which can be visited.
      Distance from the port: 700m, 7 minute walk - Get directions
      Admission € 12,00 or € 17,00 (with submarine)
      Recommended tour: Galata Museum ticket and whale watching
    4. Bigo: panoramic lift that starts from the ground, rises up to 40 meters and rotates to allow a 360 ° panoramic view of Genoa.
      Distance from port: 1,4 km, 10 minutes by metro, 18 minutes on foot - Get directions
      Ticket € 4,00
      Recommended tour: Aquarium Village ticket with panoramic lift
    5. Historic Centre: characterized by the typical "carrugi", the picturesque alleys of medieval origin that will lead you to the main beauties of Genoa.
      Distance from port: 1,3 km, 13 minutes on foot, 10 minutes by metro - Get directions
      Recommended tour: 2-hour guided tour of the historic center / 2-hour tour of ancient Genoa with audio guide
    6. San Lorenzo Cathedral: also called the Duomo of Genoa, characterized by typical medieval naves, inside it houses the Museum of the Treasure.
      Distance from port: 1,9 km, 10 minutes by metro, 25 minutes on foot - Get directions
      Entrance ticket € 6,00
    7. Piazza De Ferrari: it is the most beautiful and important square in Genoa, overlooked by the Carlo Felice Theater and the Palazzo dell'Accademia linguistica di Belle Arti; in the center is the monumental bronze fountain
      Distance to city center: 2,8km, 13 minutes by metro, 45 minutes on foot - Get directions
    8. House of Christopher Columbus: near Porta Soprana the house is spread over 2 floors and once housed the father's workshop on the lower floor and the house on the upper floor.
      Distance from downtown: 2,2 Km, 15 minutes by metro, 35 minutes on foot - Get directions
      € 5,00 admission
      Recommended tour: museum card valid for 24-48 hours
    9. Palazzo dei Rolli: a noble residence made up of 14 structures that today house the Town Hall, public and private offices, banks and some cultural clubs. The Royal Palace Museum is very interesting.
      Distance from port: 1,6 km, 13 minutes by metro, 15 minutes on foot - Get directions
      € 6,00 admission
    10. The Lantern: highest lighthouse in the Mediterranean, symbol of Genoa, accessible to those in good physical shape. You have to climb 172 steps but the view from the top is spectacular.
      Distance from the port: 2,2 Km, only on foot in 28 minutes Get directions
      € 6,00 admission

    Recommended itinerary: what to see in half a day

    First stop: Genoa Aquarium and Biosphere

    As soon as you get off the cruise ship in the port, immediately head to the Aquarium, a must see in Genoa and the first stop of this half day.

    Reaching it is very simple: take the underground, red line MM, which from the "Principe" stop, just 350 meters from the port, leads to the San Giorgio station, which is a 2-minute walk from the entrance to the Aquarium.

    Visit, including the Biosphere, it will take you about 2 and a half hours, but it's definitely worth it!



    Second stage: "Bigo" panoramic lift

    Once the visit to the Aquarium is over, we recommend an attraction that is very close, just 2 minutes on foot, passing through Calata Falcone and Borsellino.

    We are talking about Bigo, the panoramic lift that every 10 minutes allows you to go up to 40 meters and have a beautiful 360 ° view of Genoa. In this way, you can admire almost the whole city from a different point of view than usual.

    Third stage: Carrugi, Piazza de Ferrari, Palazzo dei Rolli

    As a last stop, to get to know the historic center of Genoa we suggest you follow this itinerary that in an hour will make you discover the oldest part of the city.

    From the Bigo, passing through Via dei Conservatori del Mare, in 6 minutes on foot you will arrive in "carrugi" area with historical shops, fishmongers and pasta factories.
    Walking you will also reach Piazza de Ferrari, with the beautiful fountain, the Theater and the Academy and continuing towards Via Garibaldi in 12 minutes you will arrive in the area of Palazzi dei Rolli, declared a World Heritage Site.

    From here, to return to your cruise terminal, you can take the metro that from the "Darsena" station will take you in about 2 minutes to the "Principe" stop, which is a 4 minute walk from your airport.

    In summary:

    • Distance traveled: 4,9 km / 1 h and 2 m
    • Places visited: Aquarium (cost from € 18,00 to € 25,00), Biosphere (cost included in the aquarium ticket), Bigo (cost € 4,00), Carrugi (free), Piazza De Ferrari (free), Palazzo Rolli (free )
    • Genoa Aquarium: priority ticket Genoa tour by tourist bus: ticket valid for 24 hours 2-hour guided tour of the historic center
    • if you want to sit comfortably and eat a full meal in a panoramic restaurant, where they serve fresh fish and very interesting menus, we recommend the Marin restaurant inside Eataly, it boasts a large and exclusive window overlooking the sea and the Porto Antico (average price € 40,00 - Get directions);
      if you are looking for a simpler place, where you can have a quick snack based on sandwiches stuffed with fresh fish, we recommend the Panino Marino, also in the old port area (average price € 16,00 - Get directions)

    Tours and excursions for cruise passengers

    Tourist bus Genoa: Cost, itinerary and stops

    For those who have little time, and want to get an idea of ​​the city, it is possible to visit Genoa in aboard the typical double-decker panoramic buses.
    In 1 hour you can admire the main historical and artistic testimonies della "Superba": piazza Loading overlooking the ancient port and the Aquarium, Piazza Fontane Marose, Piazza Ferrari, Genova Brignole and the famous Genova Principe station.
    An excellent service also for those arriving on a cruise because you can get off and on the bus as many times as you want.



    • Stages: Piazza Loading overlooking the ancient port and the Aquarium, Piazza Fontane Marose, Piazza Ferrari, Genova Brignole and the famous Genova Principe station.
    • Cost: starting from € 15,00
    • Buy online: Tour of Genoa by tourist bus: ticket valid for 24 hours

    Useful Tips

    1. if you plan to use more than one vehicle, buy the 24 hour card that allows you to take unlimited buses and metro
    2. having little time, it is advisable to purchase the tickets for the attractions online and skip the line tickets in advance
    3. if you don't want to walk or organize itineraries too much, you can go around the city on board the tourist buses
    4. if you want to see many things, avoid museums which take a long time
    5. treat yourself to a quick lunch break so as not to waste too much time
    6. decide your itinerary before getting off the ship so you will optimize the times
    7. if you already know Genoa and the historic center, take your time to visit a museum or aquarium

    Where cruises in Genoa dock

    In Genoa, cruise ships dock in two terminals.

    Il Terminal of Ponte dei Mille is a jewel of technology located where once the passenger halls of the historic Maritime station were located, founded in 1930. Developed over 3 floors connected by escalators and elevators, it occupies an area of ​​18.000 square meters and inside there are landing rooms, check-in rooms, customs and police stations.
    There are routes dedicated to the flows of embarkation and disembarkation and at the same time 3 ships can stop (Get directions).

    The Terminal of Ponte Andrea Doria, 200 meters from the previous one, has an area of ​​11.000 square meters, developed on two levels and can accommodate 2 latest generation ships (Get directions).



    How to get from the port of Genoa to the center

    • Distance from the center: 1,5 km
    • How to get there on foot: you reach the historic center in about 20 minutes - Get directions
    • How to get there by subway: near the maritime station there is the "prince" station of the MM Brignole which in 3 minutes reaches the "San Giorgio" station, near the historic center (single ticket € 1,60, 24h ticket € 4,50)
    • How to get there by bus: bus 35 leaves from the "Gramsci" stop 350 meters from the port and in 10 minutes arrives in the historic center at the "Dante 1 / DE Ferrari" stop (single ride € 1,60, 24 h ticket € 4,50).

    Getting around

    To try to optimize time and see as many things as possible, it can be indicated move a little on foot and a little by public transport. While the area of ​​the ancient port can be reached quickly with a walk, to get to the historic center it is better to take the subway, frequent and fast - more info on how to get around in Genoa

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