Genoa used to be the richest city in the world, and the whole place is like a jewellery box packed with sightseeing gems. You’ll see a handful of them on this tour. After the hour-long drive from the port to the city centre, you’ll hit the streets for a guided walk. Keep your camera handy, because there’s something worth capturing around every corner, from the cosy cobbled streets in the old city quarter, to the colourful open-air fruit markets. Genoa’s the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, a world-famous explorer who discovered America, and you’ll stop to see his old house. Although it’s a reconstruction built in the 1800s, it sits on the ruins of the original, which was destroyed by French cannon fire in 1684. You’ll also pass the Bank of St George, one of the oldest public banks in the world. And don’t forget to take some photos of Porta Soprana, a remarkably well preserved, two-towered gateway built into the old city walls. After your sightseeing walk, you’ll have some time to venture off on your own. You can café-hop from piazza to piazza, or wander around the markets for authentic souvenirs.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.