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The sprawling port city of Genoa (Genova) is made up of a number of distinct neighborhoods, each with its own history and identity. One of these is Boccadasse (Bocadaze), set on the waterfront to the east of the city center. Once a tiny fishing village, it is now a delightfully colorful and quaint quarter to explore on foot.
Small-group Genoa tours and specialized food tours often include a side trip to Boccadasse and pesto genovese and gelato tastings. Wander the narrow streets lined with tiny restaurants and galleries, stop in a local gelateria, relax on the bay’s tiny pebble beach, and watch the local fishers launch their small rowboats into the surf. Then capture sweeping views over Liguria's riviera as far as the promontory of Portofino from the scenic overlook at the top of Cape Santa Chiara near Turcke castle.
Things to Know Before You Go
- A Boccadasse district tour is great for travelers with kids needing a diversion from museum-filled days.
- If you’re visiting as part of a walking tour, wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.
- Wheelchair users might find it hard to navigate the old town’s steep lanes and stairs.
- This hamlet is one of the most picturesque Genoa attractions, so be sure to bring your camera.
How to Get There
The Boccadasse neighborhood is at one end of the Corso Italia promenade, making it an easy walk along the seafront from the Genoa city center, particularly on a nice day. Travelers from capital cities like Rome, Florence, and Milan, can easily catch high-speed trains to Genoa, one of Italy’s main rail hubs, or the regional train to and from the Cinque Terre.
When to Get There
The Italian Riviera is one of Europe's most popular areas in summer, and towns along the coastline can be very crowded. The best seasons to visit are spring and fall, with weather mild enough to enjoy walking outside without the summer tourist crush.
A Mysterious Name
There are various theories regarding the origin of the name Boccadasse. Because the neighborhood sits on a small bay shaped like an open mouth, one theory states that the name means “donkey's mouth.” Another claims the hamlet was named after the river that used to run through Boccadasse, called the Asse. Since the Italian word “bocca” means mouth, either of those theories could be right.
Address: Genoa, Italy
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Boccadasse
Mountain Bike Tours
Treecycle brings you to discover the most unusual and beautiful places in town, out off the beaten tracks! The staff is made by local and enthusiastic guys and girls, that love their city and want to share with you its secrets and treasures; furthermore, we work only with small groups in order to guarantee a top quality level and to offer a tour tailored on you!
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Mountain Bike Tours
A tour especially designed for those whom can't stop cycling. After a guided tour of the city center and a taste of our flavors you will be free to discover the town by yourself having the bike to ride until 7.00 pm. Chose your favourite bike or e-bike and unveal the beauty of "La Superba"
Thematic visit. The ideal itinerary to explore the places connected to De Andrè, such as Via del Campo, Museo dei Cantautori and the Maddalena District, where you can taste traditional sweets in a typical shop, the covered walkways in Sottoripa, and then stop at a bench in “Via al mare Fabrizio De André” where you will admire the Porto Antico Area. You will proceed to Piazza De Ferrari and Teatro Carlo Felice where the singer-songwriter had an unforgettable concert. Visit of Latteria Igea, meeting point of the most famous Genoese singer-songwriters. Free lunch. In the afternoon, private transfer to Sant'Ilario district where you will visit the old train station from the "Bocca di Rosa" song, and a sculture shaped as a book, dedicated to the protagonist of one of Faber's most loved songs. Finally, visit of Villa Saluzzi Brombini from the outside where his family lived for a while, and then Boccadasse, a place that De Andrè loved very much
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Boccadasse?
The best ways to experience Boccadasse are:
- E-bike tour in Genova
- Good Morning rider: discovering the town by bike
- Private Guided Tour of Genoa and De Andrè's places
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