Silversea Luxury Cruises A Genoa

Genoa
Genoa

Italy’s leading port is also the capital of Liguria and a major commercial and industrial center. Genoa’s history dates back to 218 BC when the city was founded as a commercial port. During the following centuries, close trading relations developed with Etruscans, Carthaginians and Romans. The port continued to gain importance, and in the 14th century Genoa vied with Venice for the lucrative trade with the East. View more

In the beginning of the 17th century, following an extended period of war, Genoa became part of the Napoleonic Empire for approximately ten years before being incorporated for a period of time into the Kingdom of Sardinia and Piedmont. Genoa’s location is wedged between a mountain ridge and the seashore like an amphitheater. Medieval churches, 16th-century palaces, modern commercial streets and an enormous port justify the city’s nickname of La Superba (The Proud). Famous Genovese include Christopher Columbus, the navy admiral Andrea Doria and Nicolo Paganini, composer and violin virtuoso. The old port area has recently been renovated and features now Italy’s largest aquarium, the luxury hotel Jolly Marina and a variety of shops.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

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Excursões em Genoa

Genoa & Pesto at Zeffirino's

Discover the alluring beauty and enticing flavors of Genoa during this sightseeing tour of the city and a memorable pesto-tasting at the renowned Zeffirino's restaurant. Walk through history in the city centre to the Piazza de Ferrari, a main square with a beautiful fountain and a perimeter lined with historic buildings. Take a drive to the famous Zefferino restaurant and watch a pesto making demonstration and enjoy a tasting of this uniquely Genovese specialty.


Meet your guide at the pier and take a short motor coach ride to the city centre to begin your guided walking tour.


Genoa

Although Genoa is renowned as Italy's main commercial port, it also offers plenty of tourist attractions. The old town was partly rebuilt after bombing during World War II, but it was reconstructed as it had been: a medieval maze of narrow lanes and tall buildings. Alleyways are lively during the day with cafes and small shops making them intriguing to explore. View shrines on the corners of buildings, tucked-away churches and palaces reaching up to the sky.


Zeffirino Restaurant

Proceed to the Zeffirino restaurant, family-owned since 1939 with its nondescript decor, candelabras, quaint genre paintings and waiters in dark suits who expertly arrange each serving at the table. The world-famous pesto is made from the infant leaves of Genovese basil that impart a minty sparkle rather than the rather strident, licorice-like tendencies of 'mature' basil. The pesto demonstration is followed by a tasting and then you will learn why this establishment is a favourite of many celebrities.


Free time is made available to explore the centre on your own, then return by bus to the pier.



Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking in the old city, with some inclines, for approximately 1000 meters (3/4 of a mile). However, it is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilize a wheelchair. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing, walking shoes and sun protection. There is a flight of steps to access the first floor of the restaurant, but a lift is available.

Silver Shore Privato - Private Car & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Genoa (Genoa area only) at your leisure during your full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, gratuities, entrance fees or other tickets, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Private Car & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Genoa (Genoa area only) at your leisure during your half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, gratuities, entrance fees or other tickets, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Private Van & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Genoa (Genoa area only) at your leisure during your full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, gratuities, entrance fees or other tickets, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Private Van & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Genoa (Genoa area only) at your leisure during your half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, gratuities, entrance fees or other tickets, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Tasting at Castello Brown

Admire the breath-taking beauty that is Portofino, a picturesque, half-moon shaped seaside village with pastel houses that cling to the shore of the harbour. Look up and see a castle sits atop the hill overlooking the village. Explore Portofino and then continue on to the Castello Brown for beautiful views and fine Italian food and wine.


Meet your guide at the pier and then transfer by motor coach for the approximately 1-hour scenic drive to Santa Margherita.


Santa Margherita

Depart the pier area in Santa Margherita for the approximately 15-minute boat ride to Portofino. While en route you will take in the beautiful views of the Ligurian coast on this leisurely ride.


Portofino

Upon arrival in Portofino, walk to the Piazzetta. Portofino is very small, and the quaint streets leading up from the harbour of this tiny paradise can be explored in very little time. From here, a very pleasant walk heads up from the harbour, then ascend a series of steps en route to the Church of St. George. Dramatically perched on the narrow neck of the Portofino headland, the church features a plain interior and offers picturesque views of your surroundings, including the lighthouse that dominates the entire promontory.


Castello Brown

Leaving the church, proceed for a tasting of fine Italian food and wine at Castle Brown, an imposing building dominating the harbour. After its wartime use had concluded, Montague Yeats Brown of the British Consul purchased the castle in 1867. Brown converted the structure into the charming dwelling you see today. Upon entering the terraced gardens, take in wonderful panoramic views over Portofino from this breath-taking setting.


Next, Guido Porrati, an Italian food and wine expert, and his chef lead a memorable tasting experience that emphasises the richness and variety of the Italian cooking tradition. Your entertaining food and wine experience is conducted in English, and includes enthralling stories about local traditions, anecdotes, myths and legends. Every single ingredient and dish offered is introduced in an engaging, lively style so you can appreciate their flavour, value and history. Tasting glasses are used to ensure the best wine experience.


Following this memorable culinary and wine-tasting experience, return by boat to Santa Margherita and then by bus back to the pier in Genoa.



Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking over cobblestone surfaces, with approximately 80 steps to negotiate in order to reach the Brown Castle. It also involves a steep, narrow ramp that must be negotiated to enter and exit the motor launch. Therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. The time spent at certain venues may be extended or reduced, and other brief stops may be added. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing, flat shoes and sun protection.

Villages of Rapallo & Santa Margherita

The Italian Riviera is one of the most famed destinations in Italy where roads wind over, around, through and past colourful fishing villages. Experience two of these villages when you travel to Santa Margherita and Rapallo and discover the ancient hidden treasures they hold when you walk in the steps of history.


Board your coach at the pier and relax on the approximately 1-hour scenic, coastal drive to Santa Margherita. On your way you will see rocky cliffs, wind-swept promontories, age-old pine forests and enchanting villas and castles.


Santa Margherita

Santa Margherita is a thoroughly attractive, palm-laden small resort tucked into an inlet, replete with grand hotels and views of the glittering bay. You will enjoy a pleasant walking tour taking you by churches, villas and gardens. Have free time on your own after your guided walk before re-boarding your coach and continuing on to Rapallo.


Rapallo

Upon arrival in Rapallo you will discover this village is set in a small bay that has maintained the same layout of a traditional fishing village. Today it is a major seaside resort town with a long and rich maritime past. This coastline was no doubt used by early Phoenician, Greek and Roman traders, but there was never much in the way of a permanent settlement until the middle ages.

Meander through the streets of the medieval centre and visit the Castle (from the outside), and the Oratorio dei Bianchi containing a precious 18th century organ and see the Oratorio dei Neri (outside visit).


After crossing the Vegetable Market, you will pass by the Porta delle Saline, giving onto the road to Santa Margherita.


You will then board your coach again for the 45-minute drive back to Genoa.



Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking; however, it is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. A strict dress code is enforced when visiting the churches; short pants and tank-tops are not permitted. We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes and sun protection. The time spent at certain venues may be extended or reduced, and other brief stops may be added. The order of the sights may vary.

Walking Tour of Genoa

Explore, on foot, the beauty of Genoa when you view some of its foremost calling cards; the historic center of the Piazza de Ferrari, where the Opera and Palace of the Doges are located and the largely pedestrian-only streets that hug the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. Continue through the ancient port area to Caricamento Square and see St. George's Palace.


Meet your local, knowledgeable guide at the pier and begin your journey of exploration.


The Caruggi

Narrow, twisting lanes (caruggi) are more reminiscent of the clamour of Morocco, but here too you will soon discover the main historical sites of interest. Be guided to see the Christopher Columbus House, De Ferrari Square, the heart of the town overlooked by the Stock Exchange Building and the Opera Theatre Carlo Felice. Long associated with the arts, in 2004 the European Union designated Genoa as a European Capital of Culture. In 2006, a mid-16th century district on Via Garibaldi that houses an architecturally important ensemble of Renaissance and Baroque palaces was included on UNESCO's World Heritage List.


Ancient Port

You will then continue onto the Ancient Port, which was renewed in 1992 according to Renzo Piano's design, before stopping in Caricamento Square that is overlooked by the 13th-century St. George Palace. Your tour will also include the early 13th-century San Lorenzo Cathedral with its black and white striped marble facade and the Ducal Palace Courtyard. The port area is now host to Europe's largest aquarium and one of its best maritime museums. Free time is made available at the end of your tour.


Your excursion will conclude with a walk back to the pier area and the ship.



Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 3000 meters (2 miles) with some inclines. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend guests wear comfortable, lightweight clothing, walking shoes and sun protection.