Its port remains the most important in Italy, as well as one of the largest in the Mediterranean and Europe. The symbol of the city is its lighthouse, located next to the old port and known as the Lantern. Today well-known for tourism, science and its university, the city remains an important economic hub for Italy. The medieval city centre, the largest in Europe, is the pulsing heart of Genoa and manages to preserve the ancient town while maintaining the charm of a true capital city with its churches, medieval, renaissance and baroque palazzos and the tangible evidence of a glorious past.

For further information about some of Genoa’s most interesting spots:


We also recommend some of the many walks around the city: If you prefer to be accompanied while exploring the city, you can choose from guided tours, audio guides or bus and train tours; for further information: here.

The city was ‘European Capital of Culture’ in 2004 and in 2006, a portion of its old town centre ‘Le Strade Nuove e il Sistema dei Palazzi dei Rolli’ was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

To discover the story behind the Palazzi dei Rolli, the meaning of their strange name and the list of Palazzos that are part of the UNESCO site, see the website below. There is also a tour of the Palazzi dei Rolli, available in Italian and English.


Genoa is a lively city where elegant boutiques, traditional ateliers and bustling outdoor markets offer constant surprises for even the most demanding of tourists. For many ideas on what to do and where to shop, visit the “What to do” section.

A fascinating and quirky day out might be a tour of the historic Genoese ateliers. See the complete list of ateliers and guided tour available from our Tourism Office.

Getting to know Genoa also means getting to know all its different components: the nineteenth century neighbourhoods and forts, the fishing villages and holiday resorts located to the east and west, with a wealth of villas and picturesque views or the inland villages where ancient traditions are still kept alive.

Discover some of Genoa’s splendid parks and historic villas.


Genoa’s forts are a little-known feature of the city, history and hiking fans can find all the information they need here

The scenery and panoramas, popular as film locations too, are the setting for a lively cultural life: museums with excellent collections and beautiful settings, an established theatre and music tradition, important exhibitions and large international events such as Euroflora or Salone Nautico.

All the museums that make up the city’s extraordinary heritage can be found here.


The Museum Card offers reduced rates for museums and public transport and conventions on many of the city’s other services and attractions. The card is valid for either 24 or 48 hours, or alternatively all year round. It can be purchased online, as can many of our guided tours. To find out more.


And of course the Aquarium city has plenty to offer for fans of the sea: well-equipped beaches, nautical sports.

For all the information you might need about the city, see our tourism site; and to find out what events, exhibitions, concerts and shows are happening, see the events section here.

The tourist Information and Welcome offices are at your service, check the addresses and opening hours here: