In the heart of the Italian Riviera, the medieval port town of Genoa is famous not only as the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, but also for its regal heritage. Here are our picks for the city’s must-see palaces.
Dialogue in the Dark Exhibition (Dialogo nel Buio)
Calata De Mari, Genoa, 16126
Give your eyes a rest after the multihued spectacle of marine life in Genoa’s aquarium, and take a turn through this unique exhibition just steps away. Guided through the dark in a small group, you’ll learn how to face the unknown in a lighthearted yet thoughtful way. Conceived as an experience to raise awareness and inclusivity of those with limited vision, Dialogo nel Buio invites visitors to identify and interact with familiar objects and environments using their senses of touch, taste, smell, and hearing.
To save time at the entrance, book your admission ticket in advance. Also available are combination tickets that include entry to the nearby Galata Maritime Museum and Nazario Sauro submarine.
Things to Know Before You Go
No photography is allowed inside the exhibition.
The exhibition isn’t appropriate for those with a fear of the dark.
Dialogo nel Buio isn’t accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
Dialogo nel Buio is located near the Genoa Aquarium. From the cruise port, take the metro toward Brignole to the San Giorgio station, or walk 15 minutes from the Genova Piazza Principe train station.
When to Get There
Genoa’s historic Porto Antico sees thousands of visitors during the weekends and summer months. For fewer crowds, stop by the Dialogo nel Buio, aquarium, and other port attractions in the early morning or late afternoon.
The Genoa Aquarium
Travelers from around the world flock to Genoa’s aquarium, the largest in Europe. Home to around 600 species of marine animals from every sea on earth, the aquarium has more than 70 exhibits. Admire rare manatees, arctic seals and penguins, mysterious sharks, charismatic dolphins, and more.
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- Royal Palace Museum (Museo di Palazzo Reale)
- Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato
- Aquarium of Genoa
- La Biosfera
- Piazza Caricamento
- Palazzo Bianco
- Palazzo Rosso
- Spianata Castelletto
- Palazzi dei Rolli
- Via San Lorenzo
- Genoa Cathedral (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo)
- Genoa Cruise Port
- Genoa Via Garibaldi (Via Giuseppe Garibaldi)
- Basilica of Santa Maria di Castello (Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello)