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Genoa Walking Tour: Discover Hidden Treasures and Street Food

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The Italian city of Genoa, where pesto got its start, is home to antique shops; stunning 15th-, 16th-, and 17th-century palaces; and scores of outstanding restaurants and bars. This tour leads you through the top sites, secluded squares, and hidden spots. You’ll try local Prosecco, coffee, pesto, and focaccia, all with the expertise of a local guide.
  • Visit top sites and hidden gems in the historic center of Genoa
  • Try local food and drinks like pesto, focaccia, and Prosecco
  • Includes all entrance fees and a local guide
  • Any transportation in while in Genoa also included
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Street food
Drinks in the old Bars
Lunch in a Tipical Trattoria
All transports (Trains, Bus, Lifts, Cable-way)
Aperitivo (one cocktail)
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Genova Piazza Principe , 16134 Genoa, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy

Pleased to meet you At 10.00 am. at the TRAIN STATION "GENOVA PRINCIPE" kindly stay in front of the TICKET OFFICE in the MAIN HALL please (please note there are 2 Railway Station in Genoa Brignole and " Principe "; we meet at PRINCIPE). COORD:44°25′00″N 8°55′14″E

10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY karl ziegler journeys
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "I would not recommend this tour if you are not able to walk up and down stairs and hills, although, Karl will try to accommodate you as much as possible but Genoa by nature is very hilly." See review
  • "I highly recommend this tour, a MUST for anyone visiting Genoa." See review

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Best tour ever!
cathyespos
, Jun 2022
My husband and I had so much fun with Karl. Such energy! So much information! So many laughs and good times. By far the best tour we have ever been on. Do this one, you will not regret it. The history, the culture and the Genovese experience wrapped up in a day - he will see to it. Thank you so very much!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
hahaha sometimes when i read the reviews i wonder what the colleagues propose :-) Ciao How are you overthere ? Well then, too kind of you and i must say thank you to you as you are a wonderful couple. Hope to see you again soner or later . A big hug to you :-) and thank YOU not me . :-)
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Run Don’t Walk to Book This Tour
Lynn_C
, Sep 2022
Karl was an absolutely wonderful guide. Full of interesting history and passion for Genova. We had a fabulous lunch and learned a lot. Because of Karl we also visited the Cemetery of Genova which should not be missed. We highly recommend this tour if you want to learn a lot and have a great time.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Hey Ciò :-), So happy you went to the cimitery :-), wonderful eh? Guys thank you so much to all of you for coming toGenoa and for your kindness and appreciation. :-) ciao
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Great time!
Katherine_B
, Jul 2022
Karl was so great and gave us such a thorough tour. He was accommodating and thoughtful, but most of all fun! I highly recommend it!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
:-). Ciao :-). As usual you are always too nice. It was my pleasure to tour with you. This is a very strange job indeed, I metnice people , talk about history and eat good food. Blessed.. . Keep going travelling and... Spread your knowledge. Hugs
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A Genoa must see and do.
Peter_E
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide Karl was excellent. We saw places in Genova that only a local could show us-the narrow streets, the places for pesto, an elevator to an overlook-all hidden gems. This is a must when visiting Genoa. It is recommended at the start of your trip so you will know the places you want to go back to.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Good day and thank you so much for your visit :-). It was a pleasure to meet you discover the city. And also thank you for the ... Excellent 😊, too nice of you. Keep travelling :-)
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A great tour not to be missed when you’re visiting Genova!
Susan_B
, Jul 2022
Had a great time on this tour Karl was so knowledgeable and passionate about Genova it’s history and food. He had many interesting stories and kept me entertained making the six hours fly by. Loved it!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Good Day Susan, :-) , Thanks for your kind words :-). Keep travelling and enjoy life. Ciao :-). Was a pleasure for me .
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What an amazing tour! We were met...
Edward S
, Jun 2017
What an amazing tour! We were met promptly at 10 by our wonderful guide, Karl ! There were just four of us and Karl immediately gave us the information about what the day would encompass. We spent the day by walking through the incredible streets of Genoa and learning about the History of the Genoese people, the finances, the conflicts, the wars, etc.. all while walking and being shown the building and sites involved.. Karl was so personable, polite, caring, and so completely in love with this city that it showed with every turn. He took us beyond the doors and into courtyards and buildings that most people never get to see! He would run into a small café and come out with the most delicious Genoese food for us to taste. He brought us to a little café where we had a glass of wine and got to meet the locals. He bought us the most amazing lunch where we sat and talked like old friends. Karl is totally in love with his city and he thoroughly was excited to show us everything. We were even taken to an overlook of the city. Karl made sure that we got back to the Port at the end of the tour. This was the most amazing tour in every aspect and remembering the exuberance and personality of Karl is a joy! Thanks to him we have very fond memories of a beautiful city. Do not hesitate to book this tour!
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Great Tour
Alison_S
, Sep 2022
Karl was incredible. Not only was he warm and friendly, he is so knowledgeable and passionate about Genoa. Despite the pouring rain we had a fantastic time, learned a lot and really enjoyed Karl’s company. We would highly recommend Karl as a guide.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Dear Alison 🤩 ,:-), Thank you so much for your kindness. Well... Don't know what to say :-), :-), :-) Grazie Alison 🤩 you are too kind . Ciao
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Awesome
Victoria_C
, Jun 2022
We had a great time. I could have never found my way through the streets of Genoa without the guide. We had lots of breaks and learned so many interesting things about Genoa. We stopped and had a fabulous lunch toward the end of the walk. Was fun!! Karl was so knowledgeable and fun!
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My daughter and I missed this tour...
Cynthia C
, Sep 2017
My daughter and I missed this tour because she became ill. How ever my sister, and nephews did tour with Karl. THey relayed to us that there was a lot of walking, but it was the best tour they have ever done.. In addition, we had an issue of one member of the party needing to eat gluten free. Karl was able to accommodate that. I'm looking forward to actually doing this tour in the future.
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Karl is amazing. Incredible energy...
lisa A
, Jun 2017
Karl is amazing. Incredible energy, knowledge and passion for all things Genova. My son is studying in Genova for the summer and we wanted to take a tour to get to know the city some. Karl went way out of his way to get my son comfortable with the city. Shared its amazing history, places to eat, and provided fantastic guidance along the way. I would recommend this tour to everyone. We ate and sampled local cuisine. Met great people. Learned so much. Truly a great day.
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Best Walking Tour
Erik_S
, Jul 2019
This walking tour of Genoa was fantastic. Genoa truly is a city of hidden treasures. Karl is a masterful tour guide. He took us places that would never be found on a map or by touring the city on your own. He is an enthusiastic guide and his love of his city is contagious. This tour truly is customizable and Karl reads his audience well, able to adjust his itinerary based the daily conditions (super hot on our tour day) as well as the condition of his guests. I highly recommend this tour, a MUST for anyone visiting Genoa.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Wow Erik ... this is too nice. Anyway i'm happy you enjoy th e tour and it was a pleasure for me to meet you, your wife and the wonderful kid :-). Hope to see you again around the world and say hello to family and to the boy please. I 'm happy you liked Genoa ... in the 100° too :-) :-) . Ciao
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This tour was amazing! Karl, the...
Jennifer_A
, Jul 2018
This tour was amazing! Karl, the tour guide was wonderful! He was very interesting, knowledgable and well traveled. This tour was private and completely customizable, if desired. He met us at the cruise ship to begin and returned us there at end the day. He spent the entire day with us, walking thru the city, stopping for some wine and a local snack and then to a fabulous lunch including more wine and dessert. Can only say positive things about this day. Would highly recommend to anyone!
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Excellent Tour
Pauline_C
, Apr 2022
Karl was a truly wonderful guide. He was extremely knowledgeable, funny, thoughtful, and generous with his time. (What we thought was going to be a 3.5 hour tour was 7.5 hours when all was said and done.) I would highly recommend this tour and if you get Karl, you will know you’ve been blessed.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Pauline good day :-) . This review is to much .... didi w really walked 7.5 hours ? well, could be :-). Anyway you and the other Lady were wonderfful and made the tour really nice . Thanks for the visit and hopefully we meet in Aspen skiing :-) .Hugs and say hi to your travel friend ok ? ciao grazie millle
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Excellent tour
Won_C
, Jun 2019
The best tour of our whole trip! You will not know Genoa with any other tour. Took us to hidden relics and one was in a shopping center store! Great food as well! Great with kids and generous.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
:-) thanks You kind words. Was Easy as Genoa has so much to see :-) . Thank You again for coming. Ciao and hope to see you again somewhere in the World or in Sardinia on a sailingboat.
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Highly, highly recommend! Karl was...
kiersten s
, Jul 2017
Highly, highly recommend! Karl was amazing-loved the group size and the pace was amazing. Didn't even feel like I walked 10 miles! Best day!
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Our tour guide was amazing!! Not...
mshum221
, Aug 2017
Our tour guide was amazing!! Not only did we have a private tour which we were surprised about but he knew all the answers to most of the questions we asked. This was one of my favorite cities we visited in Italy. Partially because of its hidden beauties we went to places we would have never seen or found had it now been for our amazing tour guide!! I would recommend not only this tour but this city to everyone!! We would do this again in a heart beat!!
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What a fantastic tour. Karl met us...
Charmaine K
, Sep 2018
What a fantastic tour. Karl met us promptly at 10am at the train station and to our surprise it was just the 3 of us. This was one of the the best tours I have ever done. His knowledge of the city and his connection to the people made for a fantastic day. We walked a lot and it was a blazing hot day but Karl made sure we walked in the shade as much as possible and that we stayed well hydrated. He has an obvious passion for what he does and the place he lives in. I would not recommend this tour if you are not able to walk up and down stairs and hills, although, Karl will try to accommodate you as much as possible but Genoa by nature is very hilly. I had injured my knee the day before so it was challenging but he made sure that I was comfortable. The places he took us to eat were fantastic!
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Genoa in a day
Kristen_R
, Jul 2022
Karl was an excellent guide, providing lots of history about the city. He stopped us several times for water and rest as it was an unusually hot day. It was everything I'd hoped for -- local food and a tour of the city.
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Fun experience!
Cynthia_G
, May 2022
Karl was extremely nice and knowledgeable about Genoa and its history. He knows all the ins and out of Genoa and took me to places that I would have never found on the tourist maps. I was traveling solo for work, and I included this trip on my itinerary. I turned out to be on the only person on the tour! I thought that this might be a bit weird, but Karl is so personable, that I felt very comfortable, and we ended up having a great time. There was so much food and drinks on offer that I ended the day stuffed to the gills! I have taken a lot of walking tours around cities in Europe, and so far, this has been one of my favorites. Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
:-) :-) :-) thank you C. Was my plasure to take you to all the places i discovered in Genoa and to let you try our specialities :-). Do not worry for the food as the Mediterranean Cuisine is famous for slimming :-) . Ciao and i m sure plant read our mind ;-). Thank you so much for coming to Genoa.
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Wonderful day exploring Genoa
John C
, Sep 2019
Karl is an excellent, fun and attentive guide to this fascinating city. Highly recommended to anyone visiting Genoa
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Good morning John and thank you for coming once upon a time Great Genoa. I hope you enjoy the beauty and that i was able to explain the pain ... Thank you i saw you love history and it has been a great pleasure to be at your service. Hopefully will meet in an historical site .See you both oner or later.
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