Are you planning a visit to Genoa and want to visit as many attractions as possible? Have you heard about the Genoa City Pass, a tourist pass that gives you access to all the sights?
You have landed in the right article! If you don’t know me yet, let me introduce myself, my name is Andrea, and I am the owner of Genova Turismo, the site where I strive to provide all the tourist information about my city.
If you landed here it means you want to know what the Genoa City Pass is, how it works, what attractions it gives you access to, and how much it costs, right?
Read on to find out more.
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What does Genoa City Pass include?
The Genova City Pass is a tourist pass that offers access to several tourist attractions in the city of Genoa, Italy, at a discounted price compared to the cumulative cost of tickets purchased separately for each attraction.
The Genoa City Pass includes access to more than 20 tourist attractions, including the Genoa Sea Museum, the Genoa Lantern, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, the Royal Palace of Genoa, and many others. The tourist pass also offers free access to public transportation in the city, including buses, metro, and funiculars, as well as discounts on restaurants, stores, and guided tours.
The Genoa City Pass is available in different options, depending on your needs, including the 24-hour, 48-hour and 72-hour pass.
In addition, the tourist pass can be purchased online or at authorized outlets around the city.
How the Genova CityPass works?
Here is how the Genoa City Pass works:
- Purchase: You can purchase the tourist pass online or at one of the authorized outlets in town.
- Collection: Once purchased, you can pick up the Genova City Pass at the Information Office located at 12 Via Garibaldi in downtown Genoa.
- Activation: You can activate the tourist pass at any time within 12 months from the date of purchase. Activation is done by using the QR code on the pass at the first attraction visited.
- Usage: Once activated, the Genoa City Pass offers free access to many of the city’s tourist attractions, including museums, monuments and other attractions, as well as free access to public transportation in the city.
- Validity: The validity of the Tourist Pass depends on the option chosen at the time of purchase (24 hours, 48 hours or 72 hours), which begins to run from the time of activation. The Pass automatically expires at the end of its validity period. For example, if you use the 24h Pass for the first time on a Saturday at 9:30 a.m., it will expire at 9:29 a.m. on Monday.
- Additional benefits: In addition to free access to attractions and transportation, with the Genoa City Pass you can skip the lines at the entrance to tourist attractions.
What are the tourist passes in Genoa?
There are three types of tourist passes for the city of Genoa: the first has a 24-hour duration, the second 48 hours, and the third 72 hours from the visit of the first tourist attraction. Let’s find out about them together.
24H Genoa City Pass
The 24-Hour Pass is valid for 24 hours from the first use, and thus allows you to joust at your leisure at 2 attractions of your choice and AMT local public transportation (subway and bus)
The attractions included in the Genoa City Pass 24H are divided between 2 to choose from the following:
- Selection 1: One attraction of your choice from Strada Nuova Museums, Albertis Castle-Museum of World Cultures, Ascent to the Towers of San Lorenzo Cathedral, Ducal Palace;
- Selection 2: One attraction of your choice from Villa Pallavicini in Pegli, Galata Museo del Mare + Submarine Nazario Sauro, Lanterna Museum.
48H Genoa City Pass
The 48 Hour Pass allows access to up to four attractions of your choice and AMT local public transportation.
- Selection 1: Two attractions of your choice from Strada Nuova Museums, Albertis Castle-Museum of World Cultures, Ascent to the Towers of San Lorenzo Cathedral, Ducal Palace;
- Selection 2: Two attractions to choose from Villa Pallavicini in Pegli, Galata Museo del Mare + Submarine Nazario Sauro, Lanterna Museum.
72H Genoa City Pass
The 72 Hour Pass grants access to up to seven attractions of your choice and AMT local public transportation.
- Selection 1: One of the available guided walking tours, a Segway tour of the historic center;
- Selection 2: Access to 3 museums among Strada Nuova Museums, Villa Croce Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of the Risorgimento, Museum of Natural History, Wolfsoniana, Castello d’Albertis – Museum of World Cultures, Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Spinola di Pellicceria, Ascent to the Towers of San Lorenzo Cathedral, Palazzo Ducale.
- Selection 3: Treecycle electric bicycle rental or City Sightseeing Genova
How much does a Genoa city pass cost?
The 24-hour Pass costs €23.60, the 48-hour Pass costs €47.20 while the 72-hour Pass costs €64.90.
With the Genoa CityPass can I skip queues?
Yes. The Genoa City Tour Pass allows you to skip the lines and queues at the ticket office, which during peak season (or on weekends) can be quite long.
Is the Genoa City Pass worth it? My personal opinion
Before moving on to the conclusions of this post, I will give you my personal opinion on whether or not it is convenient to purchase the Genoa City Pass.
Some people believe that it can be done without it. This is true if we were able to plan in detail our trip to Genoa, taking advantage of the free admissions to museums (bound to specific days and times), and deciding to discard a priori some places of interest.
As you can guess, this is certainly not an easy thing to do.
There are unforeseen events that we cannot foresee (rain, queues, etc.), which can throw off all the minute accounts made to save money in an instant.
A pass gives you the freedom to see what you want, makes you extremely flexible and takes away the boredom of always having to deal with your wallet every time you are faced with a choice.
Some have complained that for the few attractions they have visited, at the end of the day, the pass is not worth it at all. Instead of just going into a few museums (that you may not even be interested in) you could take advantage of the opportunity (with the 72H pass) to take a segway tour of the historic center or rent Treecycle electric bicycles for an unforgettable ride along the Corso Italia waterfront or around the city center.
I think they are really the best way to make the most of your vacation in Genoa and I assure you they will make you forget the money you spent to buy the pass.
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What attractions are included in the Genoa City Pass?
Here are some of the attractions included in the Genoa City Pass:
Museums of Strada Nuova
Also called Strada Nuova (New Street), Via Garibaldi is a pedestrian street about 250 meters long; here you will encounter on both sides of the street elegant and opulent palaces that belonged to the ancient Genoese seigniory.
Albertis Castle – Museum of World Cultures
The Castello d’Albertis is an important museum in Genoa, located on the hill of Castelletto. In addition to its art collection, the Castello d’Albertis offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city of Genoa and the sea.
Ascent to the Towers of the Cathedral of St. Lorenzo
The Cathedral of San Lorenzo is one of the most important churches in Genoa. Built in the Romanesque style in the 12th century, it has a black and white marble facade, and its interior contains important treasures of sacred art.
The Ducal Palace in Genoa is an imposing historic building built in the 14th century as the residence of the doges of Genoa. Located in the city center, it features an imposing inner courtyard and rich Baroque decoration. Today it houses temporary art exhibitions and an important library.
Villa Pallavicini in Pegli
Villa Pallavicini is a park in Pegli, a district of Genoa. Built in 1840, it features an artificial lake, an artificial grotto, an Italian garden, and a scenic walkway with exotic and rare plants.
Galata Sea Museum + Submarine Nazario Sauro
The Galata Sea Museum in Genoa is one of the largest maritime museums in the Mediterranean. Located in a historic building on the old harbor, it houses permanent and temporary exhibitions on naval history, culture, and technology, including ship reconstructions and interactive tours.
Museum of the Lantern
The Genoa Lantern Museum is dedicated to the history of the oldest lighthouse in the Mediterranean still in operation. Located at the lighthouse itself, it offers panoramic views of the city and features exhibits on navigation, lighthouse technology, and the history of the city of Genoa.
Museum of the Risorgimento
The Museum of the Risorgimento in Genoa is housed in a historic building in the city center. It features an extensive collection of objects, documents and audiovisual materials on the history of the Risorgimento in Italy and the participation of Genoese people in the patriotic movements of the time.
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum of Genoa is located inside the Palazzo Doria Spinola in the center of the city. It houses permanent and temporary exhibitions on natural sciences, with a focus on the flora and fauna of Liguria and the Mediterranean.
The Wolfsoniana is a modern art gallery that is part of the Levante Genovese museum hub, located at 4 Serra Gropallo Street in the Nervi neighborhood.
Royal Palace and Spinola Palace of Pellicceria
The Royal Palace of Genoa is a historic 17th-century building located in the center of the city. It housed the Savoy family when Genoa was part of the Kingdom of Sardinia. Today, temporary art and cultural exhibitions are housed inside, with an extensive collection of period paintings and furnishings.
Here we come to the end of this article on the Genoa CityPass in which I told you what the three Genoa tourist passes are, how much they cost, what attractions are included, and how to go about buying one.
If you need more information, or if you are looking for some advice about your visit to Genoa, please leave a comment below. I always reply to everyone when I can.
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Andrea, this is an incredibly helpful website! We are planning to visit Genova in Sep 2023 and you give us a lot of useful information! Thank you so much #discovergenoa!
Thanks a lot for your kind comment. I hope you will love my city as much as I do.
If you need any help about what to do, where to sleep and where to eat in Genoa, Italy, don’t hesitate to ask.
Wish you a great holiday in the Riviera Ligure,
Andrea – thank you for all this information. I am particularly interested in visiting the palaces in Strada Nuova when we are in Genova in June. It is confusing trying to find out (in English) which ones are open. Can you help? Also can you advise on the best ones to visit? Grazie.
it’s not easy even for us Genoese to figure out which palaces are open and when 🙂
Anyway, you can visit Palazzo Rosso and Palazzo Bianco which are open anytime.
If you would like to take a guided tour, you can book a tour here.