GENOA AT ITS BEAUTIFUL BEST, BY SEGWAY
An inspiring, fun and fascinating excursion by Segway – a charming mode of transport not unlike an electric scooter – that takes in a range of splendid monuments, panoramic views and picturesque corners in the historic centre of Genova, as we boldly go from one of this splendid city’s gems to another aboard our agile steeds.
What we will see
- Segway tour around the centre of Genoa: Old Port area, the “Caruggi” of the Maddalena neighbourhood, Piazza delle Erbe and Porta Soprana, the house of Christopher Columbus, Santa Maria di Castello, the porticoes of Sottoripa
What we will do
- We make the final preparations for our tour of Genoa by Segway, a fun, one-person mode of transport similar to an electric scooter with which we can wander the streets at our leisure.
- First we need some practice, but only a little: it's amazing how easy it is to operate this fun little vehicle, which you control by simply adjusting your body position.
- Before you know it, we’re off, exploring the city of Genoa in complete comfort. We begin at the bright, bustling and picturesque old port area, which extends a welcoming embrace outwards as it faces over the water.
- From here, we push into the web of “caruggi” – the characteristic narrow streets – in the area of Maddalena, seeking out hidden corners and charming city scenes, before heading to the monumental Piazza De Ferrari at the heart of the city. Here, we admire the imposing Doge’s Palace, one of Genoa’s most iconic buildings, and for centuries the residence of the city’s ruler, though it is still at the centre of its vibrant cultural life.
- Aboard our Segways we cross through Piazza delle Erbe, whose air was once perfumed by the spices that arrived from the city’s trade with the Orient, and on to Porta Soprana, which was part of the defensive walls constructed in the 12th century to protect the city from “Barbarossa”, the Germanic emperor Frederick I.
- Our tour continues to the House of Christopher Columbus, where the great explorer lived as a child, and which is now run as a museum by the city authorities. Moving on, deeper into the centre, we reach the city’s oldest church Santa Maria di Castello, which occupies the site of an ancient castrum a defensive encampment from the Roman age.
- We end an entertaining excursion among the porticoes of Sottoripa – where, once, countless artisan workshops were squeezed into spaces under staircases and landings – before making our way back to where we started, and from there to the ship.
What you need to know
- Minimum age: 16 years.
- Participants are advised to wear comfortable, practical shoes.?