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Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli UNESCO World Heritage Site
Set out with a small group (maximum 12 privileged guests) for a by minivan to the city of .Set out with a small group (maximum 12 privileged guests) for a by minivan to the city of .Set out with a small group (maximum 12 privileged guests) for a panoramic drive by minivan to the city of Genoa.
Alighting at Piazza delle Fontane Marose -- one of the prettiest squares in the city -- you'll notice the palazzi (palaces) of the Spinola family. These stunning mansions date back to the Renaissance.
Accompanied the spectacular music of Paganini, you will explore the Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Tursi -- two exemplars included in the Strada Nuova museum complex and part of the Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli UNESCO World Heritage Site. Paintings, frescoes, sculptures and tapestries by Van Dyck, Veronese, Rubens and Canova decorate the walls and ceilings. You will view a violin that once belonged to Paganini.
A live concert takes place at Genoa's prestigious Concert Hall, with the unusual and expressive combination of violin and guitar music.
If time allows, you'll wander with your guide among some highlights of the city -- the Piazza de Ferrari, the Ducal Palace, San Lorenzo Cathedral and the Porta Soprana, an ancient gate in the City Walls. Don't miss the house that once belonged to Christopher Columbus.
Your walk brings you to Zeffirino restaurant. Meet the chef of one of Italy's most famous restaurants. He demonstrates how to make perfect, authentic pesto sauce -- the same pesto that Luciano Zeffirino personally prepares for the Pope. Your lunch includes pesto served atop trofie -- the homemade pasta of Genoa -- along with other specialties and is accompanied by wines from Zeffirino's own collection.
You will take home a small bottle of Zeffirino private vintage extra-virgin olive oil.
Enjoy some free time (schedule permitting) to shop on the famous Via Roma and along other thoroughfares.
Please note: The transfer from Portofino to Genoa may be unguided; you will meet your guide in Genoa. Wear comfortable walking shoes.