Genoa Walks is a tour operator which can offer you an outstanding support for a guided tour of the city of Genoa. We have different options : from the classic tour to discover the town’s main historical and artistic attractions , to themed walking tours or specific immersions into local traditions such as a visit to old historical shops or to the Nativity scenes. All our walks are planned and organized with the greatest care: hearing histories, anecdotes and legends, discovering and appreciating even the less obvious artistic details , visiting local handicrafts, or tasting the famous specialties of the local cuisine, all those activities will be a unique experiences for our visitors and will have all their senses involved.
Genoa is one of the few Italian cities that has managed to preserve a large number of historic shops. The majority of these stores are registered in a special Register promoted by various institutions, including the Council and the Chamber of Commerce. The walk that we propose will help you in the discovery of some of the most renowned business with a long tradition. You will hear the story of their origins and current developments by the voice of the guide and the merchants themselves.
Be ready to delight your palate enjoying delicious baked goods of the Genoese tradition from the famous Focaccia up to the lesser-known quiches and delicious desserts of historical confectioners and various kinds of chocolate of a Chocolate Factory.
This walk is planned for those who comes for the first time in Genoa and asks to visit the main historical and artistic monuments such as: the Cathedral, the Palazzo Ducale, the Palazzi dei Rolli, the church of San Luca, Banchi square, Palazzo San Giorgio and the Old Port. The guide’s histories and stories will help the tourist to better understand and appreciate Genoa what he is visiting.
The walk reaches the esplanade of Castelletto, a wide panoramic terrace from which you will enjoy at the same time the sight of the old city, the sea and the mountains.
Few stops at traditional local shops will complete this walk
The history of the city and its port will be told and showed storytelling starting from the most representative facts and places . The preaching of the Crusade in the cathedral of San Siro; the participation of the Genoese to the Crusades; the arrival from the East at the “Commenda di Pré of the ashes of Saint John the Baptist (today kept in the St. Lawrence Cathedral) ”; the development of the port that transformed Genoa in a big bazaar of international cargo and people. The extraordinary sailing knowledge of the Genoese, masters of an unrivalled technique of which Columbus was an emblematic example; the Old Port before and after its restoration as a tourist area with the Aquarium, the Sea Museum, the Bigo and the modernized Cruise Terminal, one of the busiest in the Mediterranean area.
Did you know that Genoa had three cathedrals in the Middle Ages and gave the Church two popes and several cardinals? Or that it holds the record of the oldest public arcade of Italy? Or that we owe to the initiative of the Genoese merchant-sailors the first Genoa-Southampton route?
The telling of these and other facts of the glorious history of the “Proud” (as Petrarca called Genoa) will alternate with tasty entertainment in several workshops of the Genoese tradition
An experiential walk in the old town to know the city of yesterday and today. Among the major sites of the visit: Porta Soprana, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, the complexes of Santa Maria di Castello and Sant ‘Agostino, Palazzo Ducale, Piazza San Matteo, Banchi, Palazzo San Giorgio and the arcades of Sottoripa.
Le Strade Nuove with their sumptuous aristocratic palaces are an outstanding example of modern urban planning that characterized the so called “century of the Genoese”. During this period the Genoese became worldwide famous especially as skilled bankers, and art connoisseurs and collectors
The walk passes by the “Golden Road” (Via Garibaldi), “Strada Balbi” and Via Cairoli up to the Villa of the “Prince” Andrea Doria. We will visit the inside of some of the beautiful palaces that were used starting from the end of 16th century to give hospitality to statesman visiting Genoa.
The nineteenth-century Genoa and that of the first decades of the twentieth century shows considerable surprises for tourists. Our itinerary includes two parts. One dedicated to the sites linked to important figures of the Italian Risorgimento who lived in Genoa: Giuseppe Mazzini, Jacopo Ruffini, Goffredo Mameli and Garibaldi. The other one is related to the streets and squares influenced by the Savoy and Piedmontese architecture and the new city center, eclectic and liberty, of the town that became, after the Unification of Italy, an important center of the national economy. Piazza De Ferrari, Via Roma, Piazza Corvetto, dell’Acquasola park, and the sinuous panoramic hillside ring road are some of the main stages of our journey.
Upon request in this thematic walk you can add a visit to the Cemetery of Staglieno
Henry Aubert used to say: “the Nativity is the triumph of the Genoese.” It is true. I Actually from the first half of the 17th century until the early decades of the 20th century, Genoa became popular, beside Naples, as one of the most famous centers of production of Nativity’s statues.
Our walks will introduce tourists visiting Genoa to the knowledge of this rich tradition that has had in Anton Maria Maragliano and in his workshop the most celebrated examples.
The first walk focusses on the Crib of the Augustinians friars in the Santuario della Madonnetta (Sanctuary of the little Madonna), the city best known and in permanent exhibition, with its scenery inspired to life in Genoa during the 17th century.
The second itinerary includes two Cribs located into two convents of the Capuchins Friars : St. Catherine and the Padre Santo (The Saint Father).
All itineraries also include the visit of the churches that host the cribs
So in 2016 are 30 years, an important goal!
I was a little child and sometime on Sunday morning I used to follow my father, shipping agent, who went to his “scagno” (office in Genoese language) to supervise some ship arriving in the port.
The office was situated in an ancient aristocratic palace behind the medieval Ripa Maris arcades of Caricamento and so during the walk along the narrow streets of the old town my fathe, as a tourist guide, showed me architectural details or ancient tablets on the walls of the palaces telling me a lot of stories of the bygone Genoa. In that way he passed me his passion of Genoa that already my grand father had instilled on him.
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