Full Day Walking Tour of Genoa
- Via Aurea: It was named the "Golden Street" because of the magnificent buildings lining its path, including the White Palace and the Rolli Palace.
- Casa della Famiglia Colombo: There's still some dispute as to where Christopher Columbus was born, but the house in Genoa that claims to be his birthplace offers the most compelling evidence that the explorer was, in fact, Genoese.
- Casa Paganini: The great composer and violinist Niccolo Paganini was born in Genoa, and his house has been fully restored to celebrate his musical brilliance.
About This Savona Tour
It's called La Superba (the Proud One) for a reason. Genoa was the empire to beat during the 12th and 13th centuries, reigning supreme over the Mediterranean, from Europe to the Middle East to northern Africa. Much of what you'll find during your visit there harkens back to those glory days.
There are palaces: the opulently frescoed chambers of Palazzo Rosso, adorned with works by Van Dyck and Veronese; and the ornate Palazzo Bianco, home to Rubens' Venus and Mars, and Van Dyck's Vertumna e Pomona. Of course, the king of the palaces is the Palazzo Ducale, the seat of power of the old republic. It's a museum now, but it's not hard to picture the Doge of the day strolling through its frescoed corridors.
Crouching lions, twisting columns, and arched zebra-striped portals welcome you to the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, the city's Gothic-Romanesque cathedral. Step inside to be dazzled by the lunette holding a painting of the Last Judgment, painted by an unknown Byzantine artist in the early 14th century. While Genoa was on the receiving end of bombardment during WWII, the cathedral wouldn't be here if it weren't for a dud of a bomb fired by the Brits. While the missile broke through the walls into the nave, it failed to detonate. You'll see this unexploded shell on proud display in the nave, a graceful reminder that this church had some protection from a power greater than the Allied Forces.
Give 'em hell, Niccolo
Niccolo Paganini was considered the undisputed musical genius of his era, an extraordinary violinist who left listeners (and women) spellbound. But his gifts, along with his rather cadaverous appearance, led some to believe he was the son of the Devil. After borrowing a Guarnerius violin for a concert, its owner refused to accept its return, fearing that he'd be found by Paganini's devilish powers.
Please make your way to the Tourist Information Desk on the Savona Pier and look for your GoBe Rep with a displayed sign.
In order for this tour to operate, a minimum of 6 travelers is required, per departure. In the event this minimum isn’t met, we will advise you in advance of your tour departure so that we can assist you with choosing another exciting GoBe tour optionSome shops are closed from 1-3 pm and all day on Sundays. Viva la siesta. The sun is very strong, be sure you are well protected. A small backpack may be useful for all your purchases.
Walking is at your own pace and the amount is at each person�s discretion. There are some wheelchair accessible paths during the course of the tour. Bring a companion to offer any assistance. Folding wheelchairs only, please.
Cultural, Scenic, Walking Tour
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Non-refundable if canceled within 48 hours of requested services.
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