In the heart of the Italian Riviera, the medieval port town of Genoa is famous not only as the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, but also for its regal heritage. Here are our picks for the city’s must-see palaces.
Calata Cattaneo, Genoa, Italy, 16128
The Bigo elevator is attached to one of the crane arms that lifts the cabin and rotates 360 degrees to get a view of the city. Most hop-on hop-off tours include a stop at the Old Port (Porto Antico), where Bigo sits, as well as other key landmarks such as Piazza de Ferrari, Brignole Station, and Via XX Settembre. To experience all of the Porto Antico attractions, purchase a combo ticket to explore the aquarium, tropical garden, lift, and Biosphere at your leisure—and at a discount.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Bigo is a must for those interested in architecture and aerial views of Genoa.
Purchase tickets in advance online to avoid long lines.
The elevator is accessible for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility.
An audio guide is available in several languages to give context to what you’re seeing.
How to Get There
The Bigo is located in Genoa’s Porto Antico district, in the center of town. You can take the metro to San Giorgio station, located across from the port. City buses 1 and 13 stop in front of the Genoa Aquarium. If driving, park in the Genoa Aquarium parking lot adjacent to the port.
When to Get There
Bigo’s opening times vary daily and seasonally; check online for a current schedule. Aim for a ride at sunset, when the city comes alive with light. The best time to visit Genoa in general is between May and September, when the weather is pleasant.
Other Attractions at Porto Antico
Though no longer in commercial use, the Old Port of Genoa is still bustling with visitors and locals. The Genoa Aquarium boasts the most extensive range of aquatic species in Europe while the Biosphere houses vegetable and animals species from tropical forests in a steel and glass dome right in the water. If interested in maritime history, the Galata Maritime Museum (Galata Museo del Mare) showcases one of the largest collections in the Mediterranean.
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- Aquarium of Genoa
- La Biosfera
- Piazza Caricamento
- Via San Lorenzo
- Genoa Cathedral (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo)
- Basilica of Santa Maria di Castello (Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello)
- Palazzo Rosso
- Palazzo Bianco
- Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)
- Palazzi dei Rolli
- Piazza de Ferrari
- Galata Maritime Museum (Galata Museo del Mare)
- Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato
- Dialogue in the Dark Exhibition (Dialogo nel Buio)
- Genoa Via Garibaldi (Via Giuseppe Garibaldi)