While driving through Genoa, it is easy to see why it has been given the nickname la Superba due to its impressive history and landmarks. Near the entrance of the city sits Christopher Colombus’ house, and on the way to the city’s historical center the Piazza della Vittoria, Piazza De Ferrari, Carlo Felice (the Opera House), Saint Lawrence’s Cathedral, and the Palazzo Ducale can be viewed. When arriving in the city’s historic center, one of the largest in Europe, is the Gallery Mazzini and then Via Aurea, and Via Garibaldi. Once all of the city sights have been seen, it is time to see it from a different viewpoint, after a drive up the hilly roads to Castelletto to enjoy the stunning views.
Viewing the Royal Palace is a must do in Genoa, with its construction beginning in the 17th century, it was worked on over time to become the beautiful building it is today. Inside, it still holds a lot of its original architectural features and furniture. It is now a museum where beautiful works of art, furniture from different time periods and lovely gardens can be seen. More impressive still is Prince Andrea Doria’s Palace. Andrea Doria was a famed arms man and admiral who began construction on this villa in the 16th century, his private retreat. It became, and still is today, the richest household in the city of Genoa. When it was time for his successors, the Doria Pamphilj family, to take over they chose this palace as their home.
Close to Andrea Doria’s Palace is Genoa’s Porto Antico (Old Port). Over time it has converted into a bustling tourist center featuring walkways along the harbor, museums, and the Aquario di Genoa (Genoa Aquarium). The Aquario di Genoa is largest aquarium of its kind in Europe and hosts exhibits on sea life and conservation.
Hop back in the vehicle and enjoy a drive along Genoa’s coastline, with a stop in Recco to taste a delicious local specialty. Focaccia al formaggio, is focaccia bread with melted cheese, which this small township province is famous for. With satisfied stomachs, it is time to move on to in Camogli, a small Italian fishing village. Located on the west side of the Portofino peninsula, it was once a significant seaport with a fleet of tall ships. Since its glory days in late Middle Ages, it is now filled with colorful houses, and every May celebrates its fishing past with a large festival.
With a scenic ride through an area filled with olive tree-covered hills and beautiful villas a stop will be made in Ruta where picturesque views of Genoa’s gulf can be taken in. Down the hilly road, a drive through the sophisticated streets the city of Santa Margherita before reaching Portofino. Portofino is a fishing village and resort town, with a striking harbor which has long been associated with vacationing celebrities over the years. There will be time to stop at a Piazzetta for some delicious local seafood. At the end of the day, it will be time to drive back to Genoa.
- Lunch, beverages and entrance fees are not included in the cost of the tour.
- Please note that on the first Sunday of each month many tourist sites in Italy have free admission. This can often result in long lines. If you are staying at a hotel, it may be beneficial to avoid booking a tour involving inside visits to major attractions on these days. If you have questions, contact ShoreTrips.
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