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Piazza de Ferrari Tours

Piazza de Ferrari
Piazza de Ferrari is the expansive main square in Genoa, separating the historic district from the modern city center. Its large fountain is the square’s centerpiece and a central meeting point for tourists and locals alike. The piazza is named for Raffaele de Ferrari, who donated a lot of money to help expand Genoa’s port in the 1800s.

The Basics
Piazza de Ferrari is a bustling area featuring many important buildings such as the Palazzo Ducale, once the Palace of the Doge of Genoa and now used as a cultural center; the neoclassical opera house of Genoa, Teatro Carlo Felice; and the old stock exchange building. You can walk to the piazza and stroll around on your own, or book a city sightseeing tour or hop-on hop-off bus tour to explore Piazza de Ferrari and other Genoese landmarks.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The piazza is a must-visit for first-time visitors to Genoa, especially those who love architecture.
  • There is little shade in the piazza, so bring sun protection if you plan to visit during the day.
  • The streets in and around the piazza are cobblestone and uneven, so wear comfortable shoes to walk around. 
  • Strollers and wheelchairs may have some trouble navigating the bumpy piazza.

How to Get There
Piazza de Ferrari is located in the heart of Genoa, in the Molo neighborhood. It’s an easy walk from the historic city center and the Old Port. Alternatively, take the metro to the De Ferrari stop; a number of city buses also stop in the main square.

When to Get There
As Piazza de Ferrari is Genoa’s main square, it is always bustling. The piazza hosts many events throughout the year, including the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree and the Genoa City Festival. The best times to visit Genoa are between May and September, when the weather is warm and relatively dry.

Palazzo Ducale
One of the piazza’s most significant structures is the Palazzo Ducale, the grand mansion of the former Doge of Genoa. The large palace was built in 1298 and is filled with sculptures, frescoes, and marble columns—flaunting the wealth of Genoa during its peak maritime trade. The palace is also home to La Grimaldina, or the People’s Tower, which served as a jail for political prisoners and commoners.
Address: Piazza de Ferrari, Genoa, Italy
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a licensed tour guide will accompany you on a different route than usual, through the alleys of the medieval city. You will discover majestic and unexpected palaces and extraordinary works of art, commissioned and preserved in an ancient Dominican monastery. You will listen to the adventurous history of a city that has built an immense wealth on trade and the art of maritime navigation, and its cultural identity intertwined with that of the Middle East, Hispanic and Flemish.
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Private Walking Tour discovering the Ancient Trades of Genoa

Private Walking Tour discovering the Ancient Trades of Genoa

This thematic visit will lead you to the discovery of the history and traditions of Genoa among unforgettable colors, flavors and scents. Your guide will take you to the large historic center: Piazza De Ferrari, Doge’s Palace, Carlo Felice Opera Theatre, Columbus' House (exterior), Porta Soprana and the splendid San Lorenzo Cathedral. We will visit Strada Nuova, which is now called Via Garibaldi, and after crossing the suggestive "caruggi" of the historical center, we will arrive in Piazza Banchi and the Porto Antico area. Free lunch. In the afternoon visit of some historical shops of the historical center of the old "Zena" (Genoa, in Genoese dialect), where you will discover Genoese craftsmanship and food and wine delicacies with tasting of typical sweets. The visit will end at the "Mercato Orientale", a market in Via XX Settembre where you will walk between the market stalls full of local products and spices.
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Private Tour through the Banks of Genoa with Tasting

Private Tour through the Banks of Genoa with Tasting

The ideal itinerary to explore the city history, which is connected to trade, banks, and money. This tour starts from Palazzo San Giorgio, which became the headquarters of the first Italian modern bank, the Banco San Giorgio, in 1407. We proceed to the Porto Antico Area, then to Piazza Bianchi and the Loggia dei Mercanti, the first stock market dating back to the end of XVI century. Nearby we will visit a typical shop where you will enjoy a delicious tasting of trofie with pesto sauce and pansoti with walnuts sauce. In the afternoon we will visit Piazza San Matteo, which was the curial square of the powerful Doria family, Palazzo Doria, home of the Fondazione Carige, and Palazzo Spinola, home of the Banco di Sardegna. The visit will lead us to Via Garibaldi, symbol of the Golden Century of Genoa, where many stately homes became headquarters of modern banks. The tour ends in Piazza de Ferrari, where the liberty building of the Nuova Borsa is located
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Private Guided Tour of Genoa and De Andrè's places

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Sightrunning in Genova 10 km private tour

Sightrunning in Genova 10 km private tour

Do you like running? Do you want to discover the city by going where cars and buses do not arrive? Are you ready? If you don't have shoes, I'll lend them to you (sanitized of course!). Sightrunning is a new experience that combines running and guided tour. It will allow you to discover, while running, unique landscapes, take wonderful photos and learn about the history and anecdotes of the place. I propose a visit to the best known beauties of my city and the most hidden characteristic corners, starting from Piazza de Ferrari, passing through the Castelletto esplanade overlooking the city and ending in the characteristic narrow alleys of the city. Obviously we will be able to evaluate together a personalized path.
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Do Eat Better Experience - Food Tours in Genoa

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Capital of Italy’s beautiful Liguria region, the coastal city of Genoa takes great pride in its local cuisine—with fresh flavors and traditional recipes handed down through the generations. On this walking tour, explore Genoa’s culture and lifestyle through its food and learn why Italian cuisine is the envy of the world. Sample pasta dishes with fresh pesto, local cheeses and seafood, and savory pastries, and taste the flavors the locals love.
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Private 3-hour Walking Tour of Genoa with official tour guide

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Enjoy this private walking tour of Genoa with your private tour guide. During this private tour you will get to know the most emblematic sites of the city, which has a lot of hidden gems that your private official tour guide will show you. The city has been declared by the UNESCO as a world heritage site. Amongst other monuments and sights you can get to know during this private tour of Genova: Port of Genoa Bassilica of San Lorenzo Stroll along the “Strade Nuove” (UNESCO world heritage site) Royal Palace Torre della Lanterna Get to visit one of the largest aquariums in Europe Much more! At the end of the tour, your private guide will drop you off in a central place in Genoa.
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