However, 2016 was a record year for Genoa’s cruise traffic, and the port will continue to rank among the Top 4 Italian cruise ports to exceed the 1 million threshold.
A popular half-day shore excursion is a visit combining both a guided walking tour through Genoa’s extensive pedestrianised historic city centre and a trip to the Aquarium located in the vibrant old port area.
Cruise passengers can step back in time with a stroll through the old town: an eclectic labyrinth of medieval cobblestoned passageways, home to a wealth of sumptuous Renaissance and Baroque 16th and 17th-century palazzi built by the rich mercantile families, and today listed amongst the premier UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Highlights also include the 13th-century Palazzo Ducale – the former residence of the Genoese Doges – and the Romanesque Cathedral of San Lorenzo. Whilst the modern Aquarium is the largest in Europe and boasts a rich, underwater universe full of rare mysterious species, in addition to popular attractions such as dolphins, sharks, penguins and seals.
Estimated investments of €2.2m in new equipment at the Stazioni Marittime passenger terminals for 2016 include the installation of new gangways at the Ponte Doria Cruise Terminal.
Source: Porto di Genova