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Genoa Walking Tour: Discover Hidden Treasures and Street Food

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Genoa, Italy
Genoa Walking Tour: Discover Hidden Treasures and Street Food

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icon6 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more

Overview

The Italian city of Genoa, where pesto got its start, is home to antique shops; stunning 15th-, 16th-, and 17th-century palaces; and scores of outstanding restaurants and bars. This tour leads you through the top sites, secluded squares, and hidden spots. You’ll try local Prosecco, coffee, pesto, and focaccia, all with the expertise of a local guide.
  • Visit top sites and hidden gems in the historic center of Genoa
  • Try local food and drinks like pesto, focaccia, and Prosecco
  • Includes all entrance fees and a local guide
  • Any transportation in while in Genoa also included
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Street food
Drinks in the old Bars
Lunch in a Tipical Trattoria
All transports (Trains, Bus, Lifts, Cable-way)
Aperitivo (one cocktail)
Guide
All Fees and Taxes
Everything not listed in 'Inclusions'
Genova Piazza Principe , 16134 Genoa, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy

Piazza Acquaverde (Acquaverde Square). Pleased to meet you At 10.00 at the TRAIN STATION "GENOVA PRINCIPE" kindly stay in front of the TICKET OFFICE in the MAIN HALL please (please note there are 2 Railway Station in Genoa Brignole and " Principe "; we meet at PRINCIPE). COORD:44°25′00″N 8°55′14″E

10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers
  • OPERATED BY karl ziegler journeys
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "I would not recommend this tour if you are not able to walk up and down stairs and hills, although, Karl will try to accommodate you as much as possible but Genoa by nature is very hilly." See review
  • "I highly recommend this tour, a MUST for anyone visiting Genoa." See review

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Fun experience!
Cynthia_G
, May 2022
Karl was extremely nice and knowledgeable about Genoa and its history. He knows all the ins and out of Genoa and took me to places that I would have never found on the tourist maps. I was traveling solo for work, and I included this trip on my itinerary. I turned out to be on the only person on the tour! I thought that this might be a bit weird, but Karl is so personable, that I felt very comfortable, and we ended up having a great time. There was so much food and drinks on offer that I ended the day stuffed to the gills! I have taken a lot of walking tours around cities in Europe, and so far, this has been one of my favorites. Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
:-) :-) :-) thank you C. Was my plasure to take you to all the places i discovered in Genoa and to let you try our specialities :-). Do not worry for the food as the Mediterranean Cuisine is famous for slimming :-) . Ciao and i m sure plant read our mind ;-). Thank you so much for coming to Genoa.
star-5
Excellent Tour
Pauline_C
, Apr 2022
Karl was a truly wonderful guide. He was extremely knowledgeable, funny, thoughtful, and generous with his time. (What we thought was going to be a 3.5 hour tour was 7.5 hours when all was said and done.) I would highly recommend this tour and if you get Karl, you will know you’ve been blessed.
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Wonderful day exploring Genoa
John C
, Sep 2019
Karl is an excellent, fun and attentive guide to this fascinating city. Highly recommended to anyone visiting Genoa
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Good morning John and thank you for coming once upon a time Great Genoa. I hope you enjoy the beauty and that i was able to explain the pain ... Thank you i saw you love history and it has been a great pleasure to be at your service. Hopefully will meet in an historical site .See you both oner or later.
star-5
Best Walking Tour
Erik_S
, Jul 2019
This walking tour of Genoa was fantastic. Genoa truly is a city of hidden treasures. Karl is a masterful tour guide. He took us places that would never be found on a map or by touring the city on your own. He is an enthusiastic guide and his love of his city is contagious. This tour truly is customizable and Karl reads his audience well, able to adjust his itinerary based the daily conditions (super hot on our tour day) as well as the condition of his guests. I highly recommend this tour, a MUST for anyone visiting Genoa.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Wow Erik ... this is too nice. Anyway i'm happy you enjoy th e tour and it was a pleasure for me to meet you, your wife and the wonderful kid :-). Hope to see you again around the world and say hello to family and to the boy please. I 'm happy you liked Genoa ... in the 100° too :-) :-) . Ciao
star-5
Excellent tour
Won_C
, Jun 2019
The best tour of our whole trip! You will not know Genoa with any other tour. Took us to hidden relics and one was in a shopping center store! Great food as well! Great with kids and generous.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
:-) thanks You kind words. Was Easy as Genoa has so much to see :-) . Thank You again for coming. Ciao and hope to see you again somewhere in the World or in Sardinia on a sailingboat.
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What a fantastic tour. Karl met us...
Charmaine K
, Sep 2018
What a fantastic tour. Karl met us promptly at 10am at the train station and to our surprise it was just the 3 of us. This was one of the the best tours I have ever done. His knowledge of the city and his connection to the people made for a fantastic day. We walked a lot and it was a blazing hot day but Karl made sure we walked in the shade as much as possible and that we stayed well hydrated. He has an obvious passion for what he does and the place he lives in. I would not recommend this tour if you are not able to walk up and down stairs and hills, although, Karl will try to accommodate you as much as possible but Genoa by nature is very hilly. I had injured my knee the day before so it was challenging but he made sure that I was comfortable. The places he took us to eat were fantastic!
star-5
This tour was amazing! Karl, the...
Jennifer_A
, Jul 2018
This tour was amazing! Karl, the tour guide was wonderful! He was very interesting, knowledgable and well traveled. This tour was private and completely customizable, if desired. He met us at the cruise ship to begin and returned us there at end the day. He spent the entire day with us, walking thru the city, stopping for some wine and a local snack and then to a fabulous lunch including more wine and dessert. Can only say positive things about this day. Would highly recommend to anyone!
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My daughter and I missed this tour...
Cynthia C
, Sep 2017
My daughter and I missed this tour because she became ill. How ever my sister, and nephews did tour with Karl. THey relayed to us that there was a lot of walking, but it was the best tour they have ever done.. In addition, we had an issue of one member of the party needing to eat gluten free. Karl was able to accommodate that. I'm looking forward to actually doing this tour in the future.
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Our tour guide was amazing!! Not...
mshum221
, Aug 2017
Our tour guide was amazing!! Not only did we have a private tour which we were surprised about but he knew all the answers to most of the questions we asked. This was one of my favorite cities we visited in Italy. Partially because of its hidden beauties we went to places we would have never seen or found had it now been for our amazing tour guide!! I would recommend not only this tour but this city to everyone!! We would do this again in a heart beat!!
star-5
Highly, highly recommend! Karl was...
kiersten s
, Jul 2017
Highly, highly recommend! Karl was amazing-loved the group size and the pace was amazing. Didn't even feel like I walked 10 miles! Best day!
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Karl is amazing. Incredible energy...
lisa A
, Jun 2017
Karl is amazing. Incredible energy, knowledge and passion for all things Genova. My son is studying in Genova for the summer and we wanted to take a tour to get to know the city some. Karl went way out of his way to get my son comfortable with the city. Shared its amazing history, places to eat, and provided fantastic guidance along the way. I would recommend this tour to everyone. We ate and sampled local cuisine. Met great people. Learned so much. Truly a great day.
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What an amazing tour! We were met...
Edward S
, Jun 2017
What an amazing tour! We were met promptly at 10 by our wonderful guide, Karl ! There were just four of us and Karl immediately gave us the information about what the day would encompass. We spent the day by walking through the incredible streets of Genoa and learning about the History of the Genoese people, the finances, the conflicts, the wars, etc.. all while walking and being shown the building and sites involved.. Karl was so personable, polite, caring, and so completely in love with this city that it showed with every turn. He took us beyond the doors and into courtyards and buildings that most people never get to see! He would run into a small café and come out with the most delicious Genoese food for us to taste. He brought us to a little café where we had a glass of wine and got to meet the locals. He bought us the most amazing lunch where we sat and talked like old friends. Karl is totally in love with his city and he thoroughly was excited to show us everything. We were even taken to an overlook of the city. Karl made sure that we got back to the Port at the end of the tour. This was the most amazing tour in every aspect and remembering the exuberance and personality of Karl is a joy! Thanks to him we have very fond memories of a beautiful city. Do not hesitate to book this tour!
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This was an excellent tour - our...
Amy M
, May 2017
This was an excellent tour - our guide Karl was extremely knowledgeable about Genoa's history and took us to sights that the average tourist would not see except on this tour. He was an excellent guide and very personable. My husband and I highly recommend doing this tour.
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This was an incredible way to cap...
Brendan M
, Apr 2017
This was an incredible way to cap off a two week trip through Spain and Italy. "Small group tour" turned out to be my wife and i, escorted on a personal walking tour of Genova by Karl. Karl's deep love and reverence for the city infused the whole day. I never would have found these things on my own.
star-5
this tour was amazing . karl was a...
BruceW_F
, Oct 2016
this tour was amazing . karl was a passinate guide who showe us all the hiiden treasures of genoa. highly recommend this tour
star-5
This is an incredible tour. Karl is...
John V
, Sep 2016
This is an incredible tour. Karl is the best, so enthusiastic about his adopted city, and the adventure he showed me was well worth the trip. This guy is such a great advocate for Genova - he should be the Mayor. In fact, as we were walking the streets we bumped into the Mayor of Genova, Marco Doria, which was a great treat. Be prepared to walk a lot. You will surely walk 10-12 miles but it's worth every step.
star-5
Beautiful sights, delicious food...
Dane B
, Aug 2016
Beautiful sights, delicious food, wonderful day! We wouldn't have been able to do it all without our tour guide Carlo, who knew all the best places to see and where to eat.
star-5
Excellent 'getting to know Genoa...
Dave R
, Jul 2016
Excellent 'getting to know Genoa' walking trip, with a knowledgeable and friendly guide and the added bonus of great local food and drink tasting on the route. What's not to like?
star-5
The tour was amazing! Our guide...
Starr_L
, Jul 2016
The tour was amazing! Our guide, Karl, was so knowledgeable and energetic! We saw so much, learned so much, and ate our full of local delicacies. Karl was an incredible guide. We came away with a love for Genoa.
star-5
An imaginative tour which gives a...
Diana_D
, Apr 2016
An imaginative tour which gives a good feel for the political and artistic history of the city.It is a long tour and does require stamina. I suggest people skip breakfast as there's a lot of eating! We were not able to visit some of the planned places as the palaces,galleries, forts etc are shut on Mondays. But our guide was so familiar with the city that he was able to adjust the places visited. Including the train ride to Nervi was brilliant but I suggest the visit to the Park takes place first before the drink on the beach... and references to watching the sun set are not relevant... unless its done in January! Watching the sun go down on the small beach at Nervi was magical! An excellent tour and highly recommended.

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