Classic Genoa Accessible Walking Tour
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 Walking Tour 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 important Genoese families during the time of the Republic of Genoa—your 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, 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. One of these important historical sites is the Palazzo Ducale, or Doge’s Palace. Walk/roll through the courtyards and view the spectacular façades of this 13th century palace.
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.
The Classic Genoa Accessible Walking Tour features:
- Convenient accessible tour routes confirmed to be wheelchair accessible (no steps or curbs)
- 4 hour walking/rolling tour
- Lively commentary by an officially-certified, English-speaking tour guide
- Tour guide can push manual wheelchair users (depends on the total weight of the wheelchair plus wheelchair user)
- Pick-up and drop-off at any centrally-located hotel or at the cruise port
- Memorable sightseeing and great photo opportunities in Genoa!
If you would prefer a full day cruise excursion of the city of Genoa, consider the Highlights of Genoa Accessible Cruise Excursion. Or if you’d rather see Genoa, Portofino, and Santa Margherita Ligure in a day, we recommend the Best of Italian Riviera Accessible Driving Tour.
- Historical City Centre, with better preserved medieval architecture than Rome, Florence, or Venice
- Via XXV Aprile shopping street
- Piazza de Ferrari
- Palazzo Ducale
- Genoa Cathedral
- Ornamental panels over the mansion’s doorways
- Piazza Banchi
- Piazza Caricamento and Sottoripa’smedieval porticoes, the oldest in Italy (dating 1125)
- The Old Port
- Lunch in an accessible, authentic Italian restaurant (price not included)
The Classic Genoa Accessible Walking Tour has a 4 star Sage Accessibility Rating because it uses a wheelchair accessible van and follows a step-free route. It did not receive a higher rating because you will encounter mild to moderate cobblestones and the guides are unable to push a wheelchair.
The photo below shows the wheelchair accessible vehicle that will be used for the round-trip transportation to and from the cruise terminal in Genoa.
Your accessible Genoa walking tour will use some of the flattest, smoothest streets in Genoa, like the one shown in the photo below.
However, you may still encounter mild to moderate cobblestones like the ones shown below on the left, especially in the older parts of town. Your guide will avoid rougher cobblestones, like the ones shown below on the right, when possible.
Some of the best artwork in Genoa is found above the doorways of Renaissance homes in the old town. There is no map to find them so a local guide is necessary to find and explain them.
You will visit the Genoa Cathedral, a beautiful 17th century Roman Catholic cathedral constructed in the Gothic style.
If you are arriving in the port of Genoa, you can reach the Old Town area from the cruise terminal in 20-30 minutes walking/rolling at a normal pace. If you would prefer to make your way to the Old Town without transportation, or if you are able to transfer to a seat in a normal vehicle, contact us for more information, as you may be able to receive lower rates on this tour.
Tour duration: 4 hours
Cost: € 386 for 1-2 people, € 436 for 3-4 people, € 486 for 5-6 people, € 536 for 7 people
* €50 off if booked as part of an accessible cruise & excursions package.
Days of the week the tour is offered: 7 days a week
Meet-up time: 9 am or 2 pm
Meet-up place: Genoa accessible hotel lobby or cruise dock
Dress code: Covered shoulders and knees for interior church visits
Maximum number of people on tour: 3 wheelchair user plus 1 other person, or up to 7 non wheelchair users
Entrance tickets: Not included. Palazzo Rosso Museum: € 7 for a disabled visitor and free for a companion. € 9 for other adults.
Cancellation policy: 90% refund with at least 7 days notice, 50% refund with at least 4 days notice, no refund with less than 4 days notice. Tours run rain or shine.
Not included: Entrance tickets, snacks/meals, gratuities, and transportation costs.
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