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Genoa Shore Excursion: Genoa City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Genoa, Italy
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Make the most of your time in port in Genoa to see this busy and beautiful coastal city with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket good for 48 hours. Take in the views of the city from the open top of a double-decker bus, hearing audio commentary along the way, and disembark at any one of the eight stops to explore the city further and at your own pace. It’s the ideal way to discover Genoa.
  • See the best of Genoa during a shore excursion with a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour
  • Set your own pace for exploring Genoa's main sights
  • Visit attractions such as the Ducal Palace, the Bigo and Via San Lorenzo
  • Get on and off the bus as many times as you want during your 48-hour ticket
While you’re in port, explore the city of Genoa the easy way with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Join the tour at any one of the eight stops along the route, enjoying the commanding view from the open-air top deck, listening to audio commentary about the city’s history and landmarks along the way.

Disembark at any stop along the route in order to visit a nearby attraction. At the Piazza Caricamento stop, for example, venture to the waterfront for a ride on the “Bigo,” Genoa’s panoramic lift that offers incredible views over the whole city and sometimes even out to Corsica.

See what makes this historic center a UNESCO World Heritage Site, from the palazzos-turned-museums of Via Garibaldi to the aquarium (of which the city is very proud). Your bus ticket is valid for 48 hours, and you’re free to get on and off as many times as you like during that period, making this an excellent way to see Genoa at your leisure.

Buses leave from each stop listed below every hour. Please refer to the itinerary section below to see a complete list of stops.

This shore excursion begins within a 10-minute walk from the Genoa cruise port, so it’s up to you to decide what time to return to your ship. Please give yourself enough time to not only enjoy the excursion but also get back to port in time. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.


Genoa Hop-On Hop-Off Tour stops:

• Piazza Caricamento
• Piazza Fontane Marose
• Piazza De Ferrari
• Diaz (Caravelle)
• Verdi (Stazione Brignole)
• XX Settembre (Monumentale)
• Via Roma (Corvetto)
• Acquaverde (Stazione Principe)
• Stazione Marittima

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Hop-On Hop-Off Genoa
, Jul 2019
A good way to get an overview of the city. Some wait to exchange the vouchers and board at the first stop, but very good overall.
Good connectivity, poor audio, okay experience
Vinayak B
, Jul 2019
The audio wasn't working, which we were looking forward to know the city better. The staff were friendly and helpful. The service is frequent and well connected. Bus is comfortable.
Hop on hop off bus
, Jun 2019
This is a go to for us when we’re not sure what to do, they way you can hear about the city and then choose
Audio needs some repair
Jerry S
, May 2019
The buses were on time with stops clearly marked. An attendant announced each stop with its corresponding stop number, making navigation easy. A major complaint, however, was that it seemed only about half of the audio plugins were operational. That left some unhappy people on a crowded tour bus.
Love the hop-on, hop-off tours...
Deb C
, Jun 2018
Love the hop-on, hop-off tours - great way to get around and see a city at your own pace. Choose the places you want to see and spend the amount of time you wish to spend. You can even just choose to stay on the bus if walking is an issue. There is an audio guide you access with use of earphones. Very enjoyable day for me as a solo traveler in Genoa!
Great experience! Prompt, friendly and...
, Jan 2018
Great experience! Prompt, friendly and professional - highly recommend.
Helpful to understand how the city...
Scott J
, Oct 2017
Helpful to understand how the city is laid out. I'd recommend doing it your first day if possible. And make sure to know where the pickup sign is in advance. I saw the bus pulled over and asked where the pickup would be. He told me and as I walked towards it, he pulled away from the curb, went to the stop, and then pulled away, knowing that I had a ticket and planned to get on the bus. Nice guy. After I waited for the next bus and actually got on, as I said, the tour was helpful. As other reviewers have noted, it was kind of a pain to turn the volume down when the music came on and back up to hear the commentary.
Not as good as other 'hop on hop off...
Paulette K
, Aug 2017
Not as good as other 'hop on hop off tours I have done in other cities. The worst part was the dreadful music that blared at me every time the commentary paused. It was some classical violin music and was way too loud, so much so that I had to pull the earplugs out each time and then missed the beginning of the next part of the commentary. The commentary itself was bland and uninteresting and it was very difficult to match up what was being said with what was being observed from the bus window.
Hate to be a bringdown, but...
, Dec 2016
Hate to be a bringdown, but remember, this is Genoa -- it's not Paris, or Florence, or Manhattan. The bus takes you around a neighborhood along the port and describes a number of sights. There are a few moderately interesting things to see, and a tourist-oriented shopping arcade naturally where you can buy souvenirs and snacks, or sit down and have lunch. If your family comes from Genoa, or you really need to see where Columbus hung out, by all means do this. Although I am a big fan of many of Viator's tours, in this case you might be better off walking into town -- maybe 10-15 minutes -- with a guide book and ambling around on your own.
We enjoyed the ride and the...
, Oct 2016
We enjoyed the ride and the introduction to Genoa and it's history. Did you know that denim was developed there - then exported to US to become jeans? Lots of things to see and do in Genoa, including the Palazzo Reale and the Museum of 3 palaces. Great introduction to help us decide what and where we wanted to spend our time.

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