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Private Tour and Lunch in a Rolli Palace

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Genoa, IT
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Genoa, IT
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Discover the secrets of the historic center of Genova on a private tour and indulge in a superb culinary experience at a Rolli palace. Hop on a rickshaw guided by an expert and explore the alleys and narrow streets of Maddalena district while discovering iconic historical places like Via Garibaldi and Piazza Sarzano. Your knowledgeable guide will share anecdotes and funny curiosities that will make you fall in love with Genoa. During this 4-hour tour, you will visit impressive landmarks such as La Casa di Colombo, Piazza Banchi, Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, and Palazzo San Giorgio. The tour ends at the Old Port, where you can enjoy various activities and admire the beauty of Genoa and its Gulf. Lastly, delight your taste buds with refined dishes at the RolliPop bistro, where traditional recipes and local ingredients are blended with a contemporary twist. Embark on this unforgettable journey and experience the charm of Genoa.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 4 hours
  • Suitable for 1-2 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Discover the secrets of the historic center
  • Enjoy a superb culinary experience in a Rolli palace
  • Learn anecdotes and funny curiosities about Genoa
  • Savor the ancient beauty of Via Garibaldi
  • Admire the panoramic view from Spianata Castelletto
  • Lunch

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Introduction

Experience the enchanting city of Genova like never before on a Private Tour and Lunch in a Rolli Palace. This unforgettable tour offers a unique combination of cultural exploration and culinary delight, making it the perfect way to immerse yourself in the rich history and flavors of this vibrant city. Led by an expert guide, you will embark on a rickshaw ride through the picturesque alleys and narrow streets of Genova's historic center, discovering hidden gems and iconic landmarks along the way. And to enhance this extraordinary experience, you will be treated to a mouthwatering meal in the exquisite setting of a Rolli palace, courtesy of our partner Rollipop. This tour promises to be a feast for the senses, leaving you with a deep appreciation for the beauty, heritage, and gastronomy of Genova.

What to Expect?

During this four-hour tour, you can expect to be captivated by the charm and allure of Genova. Your adventure begins at the Galata Museum, where you will be greeted by your friendly guide and the awaiting rickshaw. From there, you will embark on an immersive journey through the heart of the city, exploring historic squares, churches, and renowned streets like Via Garibaldi. Along the way, your guide will regale you with fascinating anecdotes and amusing curiosities that will deepen your love for this captivating city. And as the highlight of this tour, you will savor a delectable lunch at RolliPop, a bistro that skillfully blends traditional Genoese cuisine with a contemporary twist. Expect each dish to be a mouthwatering masterpiece, showcasing the flavors, aromas, and colors that define the culinary heritage of Genova.

Who is this for?

This private tour and lunch experience is designed for all travelers who crave an authentic and immersive encounter with the city of Genova. Whether you are a history enthusiast, a food lover, or simply someone seeking a unique and unforgettable travel experience, this tour will cater to your interests. The rickshaw can accommodate up to two adults and two children under the age of 6, making it a perfect option for families as well. So gather your loved ones and embark on this exceptional journey that will leave a lasting impression on everyone, regardless of age, background, or interests.

Why book this?

Embarking on this Private Tour and Lunch in a Rolli Palace is an opportunity to indulge in an extraordinary fusion of history, culture, and gastronomy that is unparalleled. With an expert guide by your side, you will not only discover the hidden gems and iconic landmarks of Genova but also gain a deep understanding of the city's rich heritage and traditions. The rickshaw ride adds a touch of whimsy and charm to the tour, allowing you to explore the narrow streets and alleys of the historic center in a unique and eco-friendly way. And the grand finale of this experience is the delightful lunch at RolliPop, where you will be treated to a culinary journey that celebrates the flavors and traditions of Genoese cuisine. From the first bite to the last, each dish will be a masterpiece that tantalizes your taste buds and creates memories that will linger long after the tour is over. So if you are seeking an unforgettable adventure that combines history, culture, and gastronomy, book this private tour and indulge in an experience that will leave you enchanted.

Good to Know

Before embarking on this Private Tour and Lunch in a Rolli Palace, there are a few essential details to keep in mind. The tour has a total duration of 240 minutes, ensuring ample time to explore and savor the wonders of Genova. The meeting point is in front of the entrance of the Galata Museum, where you will spot the rickshaw waiting for you. It is important to note that the rickshaw can accommodate a maximum of two adults and two children under the age of 6. As for the lunch experience at RolliPop, you can expect a contemporary twist on traditional Genoese dishes, carefully crafted with local ingredients and flavors. The bistro is located in Palazzo Spinola Pignone, paying homage to the prestigious Palazzo dei Rolli that has shaped the city's history. So come prepared to be amazed and delighted as you embark on this unforgettable journey through the captivating city of Genova.

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Your Itinerary

Piazza Sarzano

Sarzano Square is located in the area that is said to be Genoa’s or rather “Ianua”‘s original nucleus.

Chiesa Santi Cosma e Damiano

The church of Santi Cosma e Damiano is located in the oldest heart of the historic center of Genoa and is undoubtedly one of the most significant examples of Genoese Romanesque.

Via Giuseppe Garibaldi

Walking along Via Garibaldi you savour the ancient beauty of this wonderful city through the stately and elegant dwellings of its wealthy merchants. From the mid-1500s onwards Genoa was enriched with magnificent facades in stucco, marble or painted decorations, grandiose atriums, splendid gardens with fountains and nymphaeums; and inside, large frescoed halls, sumptuous furnishings, precious art collections and rich picture galleries. These luxurious residences did not escape the eye of refined artists such as the great Flemish painter Pieter Paul Rubens who, at the beginning of the seventeenth century, published his book of drawings of the buildings, which he proposed as a model for the residences of the aristocracy of the whole Europe.

La Casa di Colombo

A short distance from Porta Soprana, just outside the ancient medieval walls, is the so-called Casa di Colombo. It is probably a reconstruction, dating back to the 18th century, of the original medieval building in which the discoverer of the Americas lived in his youth. The house was probably destroyed during the bombardment of the French fleet of King Louis XIV which hit Genoa in 1684. The building is spread over two floors: the ground floor was used as a workshop by his father, Domenico Colombo, who dealt with wool weaving and of commerce. Upstairs was the family home. According to written sources, the navigator lived here in a period of time included - approximately - between 1455 and 1470.

Piazza Banchi

Located just off one of the most important docks in the city, this was once the site of Genoa’s old grain market, and was known as piazza "dei banchi" in the 12th century due to the money-changers' stalls located under the porticoes of the various buildings. The square was destroyed by a terrible fire in 1398 and, it was not until the 16th century that restoration work was completed on the buildings; this work also included the construction of a Loggia dei Mercanti (merchant's loggia) designed by Andrea Ceresola, known as il Vannone, to provide a covered location for bankers and money-changers working in the area.

Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova

The most important church in Genoa is the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo. The Genoese cathedral and the artistic representations on its walls gave rise to many legends and curiosities. It was built around the year 1098 to support and then replce a basilica, which dated back to the 5th or the 6th century, and was later enlarged with solemn and precious forms. The cathedral is dedicated to San Lorenzo Martire and guards the ashes of the patron saint of the city San Giovanni Battista, brought to Genoa at the end of the First Crusade.

Giardini Luzzati

The Luzzati Gardens are located in the "heart" of the historic center of Genoa and are a wonderful and rare case of recovery that is attentive not only to the architectural and urban aspects, but above all to the well-being of the community. The space contains a set of activities intended for the livability and revitalization of the neighborhood but which open with cultural initiatives and events especially towards the outside, to the citizens, with the project of becoming a multicultural and multiethnic pole.

Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari

Genoa's main square, a meeting and gathering place for important city events, is dedicated to Raffaele De Ferrari, the Duke of Galliera, a generous benefactor who donated a considerable sum of money in 1875 towards projects to expand the port. In the centre is a monumental bronze fountain, crafted by the architect Cesare Crosa of Vergagni in 1936. The Teatro Carlo Felice and the building of the Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti (Ligurian Academy of Fine Arts) that look onto the square were both designed by Carlo Barabino. Piazza De Ferrari is also bordered by the side façade of Palazzo Ducale (the main entrance of which is on the adjacent Piazza Matteotti), Palazzo della Regione Liguria (the offices of the Liguria region, built in 1920), and Palazzo della Nuova Borsa (the new stock exchange), one of the finest examples of Genoese Art Nouveau (1912).

Palazzo di San Giorgio

Palazzo San Giorgio is one of the most relevant and well-known historic buildings in Genoa. Nowadays it hosts the headquarters of the Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mar Ligure Occidentale. The palace is located in the docks area and is formed by two different parts: the ancient one, a typical example of medieval architecture, front pointed towards the Sottoripa portico, and the Renaissance one, oriented south. The main entrance is located on this side in front of the Porto Antico, facing via della Mercanzia, a small alley that links piazza Caricamento to piazza Cavour.

Old Port

The ancient portual area was redesigned by Renzo Piano in 1992 for the celebrations of the quincentenary of the discovery of America celebrations, it became a touristic centre of the city where you can have a drink, dine, go shopping, watch a movie, skate of dive in the swimming pool. At the end of the dock lies the Magazzini del Cotone complex, from this point of view you can admire the Lanterna, which is very close, and Genoa and its Gulf in all their beauty. In the background the hills are full of colours in the light of day and lit at night.

Rollipop Bistrot

RolliPop is a bistro that offers itineraries that intertwine ancient gastronomic traditions with the history of the city of Genoa and the characters connected to it. The dishes are inspired by traditional recipes and local raw materials. The flavors, aromas and colors of Genoese cuisine are revisited in a contemporary "Pop" key. Located in Salita Santa Caterina 2r inside Palazzo Spinola Pignone, hence the name RolliPop, our "Pop" tribute to the Palazzo dei Rolli of which we are guests.

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Spianata Castelletto

Spianata Castelletto A fabulous "balcony" suspended over the Historic Centre with a 360° view out over the city and the port. Riding up to it in the Art Nouveau lift is an enchanting experience. "When I decide to go to heaven I'll go in the elevator of Castelletto…" (Giorgio Caproni, from "The Elevator") From here visitors can admire the rooftops made of slate, a traditional local material, as well as mediaeval towers and Baroque domes; in the distance, the sea comes alive with both modern ships and ancient memories The high grounds form a backdrop dotted with parks, villas and sanctuaries and crowned with the city’s forts. Until 1849, the fortress of Castelletto stood in the place of this magnificent overlook, before being razed to the ground by public demand, as it was deemed a menace to the city below in the event of enemy occupation. In 1910, when Alinari photographs popularised its beauty, the esplanade/overlook of Castelletto joined the list of Genoa's must-see wonders.

Ascensore di Castelletto Levante

Riding up to Spianata Castelletto in the Art Nouveau lift is an enchanting experience. This is the lift to which the poet Caproni dedicated a poem: "When I decide to go to heaven I'll go in the elevator of Castelletto…" (Giorgio Caproni, from "The Elevator")

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Reviews

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5 (2)

Nina_T

Exploring on the bicycle tour was a great way to learn about the city. Lupe was an exceptional tour guide and I enjoyed the day. Lunch was very good, but service was a little slow at the restaurant

carmelalasorsa

We both thoroughly enjoyed our personalised tour of Genova. Being taken by rickshaw was a lot of fun. Our guide, Annalisa, is one of the best guides that we have ever had. She is charming and personable and has an extensive knowledge of Genova and its history.
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2024-07-24 13:08