This 4 hour accessible tour of Italy’s sixth largest city follows a step-free route through Genoa’s historical city centre as well as the heart of modern Genoa. The Classic Genoa Accessible Walk combines the best of new and old town Genoa. Learn about Italy’s largest port city, the 2004 European Capital of Culture, and the birthplace of Christopher Columbus as your expert guide takes you to all the must-see highlights!
Your guide and driver will pick you up from the cruise terminal in a wheelchair accessible van to begin your accessible walking tour of Genoa. From there you will see the historical city centre, which includes some of the best preserved medieval architecture in Italy (better than Rome, Florence or Venice!). The fabulous “Palazzi dei Rolli”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Is a group of mansions, once used by leading Genoese families at the time of the Republic of Genoa, for hosting Popes, Kings, Queens or Ambassadors or Cardinals during State Visits. Yyour guide will show you the most impressive of these palaces and tell you the histories surrounding those who inhabited them.
You will also walk/roll down Via XXV Aprile, the famous shopping street before reaching the Piazza de Ferrari, the heart of modern Genoa. Here you will see the spectacular restored fountain as well as several historical buildings that surround the Piazza:, the neoclassical Opera House, the majestic modernist Stock Exchange. Walk/roll through the courtyards of the Palazzo Ducale, or Doge’s Palace, and view the spectacular façades of the 13th century parts of this building.
Afterwards, you will go by the Genoa Cathedral, which was founded around the 5th century AD! Along the way, your guide will point out the intricate ornamental panels and relief sculptures on the corners of buildings and above doorways. These are some the most stunning works of art in the city, and the only way to see them is to be shown by a guide, because there is no map that marks their location!
At the end of your accessible Genoa walking tour, you will have lunch in an accessible Italian restaurant (price not included) before your driver returns you to the cruise terminal.