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Genoa Cathedral (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo) Tours

Genoa Cathedral (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo)
In the heart of Genoa’s old town, Genoa Cathedral (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo) is the most important church in the city. It’s a soaring Gothic and Romanesque masterpiece in alternating bands of black and white marble, where the magnificent art and architecture serve as reminders of this former maritime republic’s historic wealth and power.
 
The Basics
Construction of Genoa's cathedral began in the early 11th century, though the facade and interiors weren’t completed until centuries later under Perugian architect Galeazzo Alessi. As a result, the architecture blends Romanesque, Gothic, and mannerist elements. Inside, the cathedral is decorated with sumptuous 14th-century frescoes and is home to the chalice said to have been used by Christ during the Last Supper (displayed in the Treasury Museum beneath the cathedral).
 
San Lorenzo Cathedral is a popular stop on hop-on hop-off or private walking or scooter tours, along with the Palazzi dei Rolli, Palace of the Doges, and Old Port. Tours of Genoa’s historic center can be paired with day trips to the nearby coastal villages of Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino, and the Cinque Terre.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended if you’re taking a walking tour of Genoa.
  • Photography without flash is allowed inside the cathedral.
  • Modest attire that covers shoulders and knees is required to enter the church.
  • The Cathedral is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
 
How to Get There
Genoa Cathedral is located in the heart of Genoa’s historic center, an easy walk from the port and a short metro ride from the train station. Get off at the De Ferrari stop.
 
When to Get There
The cathedral closes daily from noon to 3pm, so be sure to plan your visit for the morning or late afternoon to be able to admire the interiors and visit the Treasury Museum on the lower level.
 
Underground Treasures
Beneath the main level of the cathedral, the Treasury Museum displays a collection of sacred art and religious artifacts in gold and silver, dating from the 11th to the 19th centuries. Highlights include the ninth-century glass Sacro Catino (believed for centuries to be Jesus’ Holy Chalice), the Byzantine Croce degli Zaccaria reliquary, and a chest containing the ashes of St. John the Baptist.
Address: Piazza San Lorenzo, Genoa 16123, Italy
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Finance and Nobility: Explore medieval Genoa on an audio walking tour

Finance and Nobility: Explore medieval Genoa on an audio walking tour

If you like the unexpected then follow the thread of this walking tour through the labyrinth of Genoa’s alleys in the city's historic centre. You'll discover breathtaking works of art behind almost every corner, along with other places where beauty is a carefully guarded secret. You'll see the main highlights in the city including UNESCO heritage sites, through the eyes of Antonella Cama, a local who loves to share not only the popular but also the authentic and believes that a tour must be more than dates and figures: She'll take you by the hand into "her" Genova! Some of the highlights from this self-guided GPS audio tour include: • Stories of the inhabitants of the opulent medieval residences • The interiors of Genoa’s richest church • Hear about the first football club in Italy • A historical confectionery shop • Find out why a 17th-century fountain is inside a department store • Take in the splendour of the fountain in the Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari
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Segway Tour Sant'Agostino

Segway Tour Sant'Agostino

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Medieval Genoa, the mysterious Genoa and the oldest Genoa, and the "Movida" district. An alternative tour to discover small secrets hidden in the labyrinth of alleys of the largest pedestrian historical center in Europe. A way to immerse yourself in history and legend, also visiting the most important monuments and places.
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Grand tour of Genoa, medieval and modern town

Grand tour of Genoa, medieval and modern town

According to many tourists' opinions, Genoa is a city like no other. During this tour, you will get the most complete picture of this amazing city. We will drive through the most interesting and elegant areas, each of which has its own unique look and architecture.
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3 Hours Private Walking Tour of Genoa

3 Hours Private Walking Tour of Genoa

The tour has been tailor made for cruise passengers who don't want to miss the "must-see", even with a limited amount of time. Anyway, the attractions listed can be changed upon request: we can skip or add one or more, or dedicate more attention to a specific subject (Middle Ages, trade & finance, music, etc)
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The heart of Genoa

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The heart of Genoa

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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  • 7 hours
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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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  • 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes
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Your first time in Genoa - private tour

Your first time in Genoa - private tour

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If it is your first time in Genoa this is the perfect tour for you! Discovering the old town with a private guide will definitely make a difference! Genoa has the largest medieval center in Europe after Venice and following our insiders' track you will walk through this maze of narrow alleyways and discover secret corners that will fascinate you. During the walking tour, you will see the most important monuments but you will also discover the most authentic soul of this old town. Your passionate local guide will give you insider's tips and directions to make the most of your time in Genoa: restaurants, shops, artisans, best food shops and more. Private custom-made itinerary: we can customize the tour based on your interests Flexible departure times Hassle-free pickup from your central Genoa hotel
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  • 3 hours
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Do Eat Better Experience - Food Tours in Genoa

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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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private 3-hour Walking Tour of Genoa with official tour guide

Private 3-hour Walking Tour of Genoa with official tour guide

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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  • 3 hours
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