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From Genova and Savona Port
Highlights of Savona & Albisola Pottery
This half day tour gives you the highlights of Savona and a visit to one of the famous nearby pottery factories. After meeting your driver you immediately driver to Albisola.Since the 16th century Albisola has been one of the most prestigious pottery centers in Italy. You’ll visit an old pottery factory to see the artisans working at the potter's wheel, as well as the baking and decoration phases. After the factory tour you return to nearby Savona which is the home town of the two most important Popes during the Italian Renaissance. Pope Sistus IV ordered the famous Sistine Chapel in Rome to be built. His nephew Julius II was Michelangelo' s patron. A third Pope from Savona, Pius VII, was a prisoner of Napoleon's in the Bishop's palace from 1809 until 1814. While you are here you visit Via Pia in the Medieval heart of the town. The area is filled with the Palaces of rich merchants and the aristocracy. The fine portals and loggias of these palaces are made of black slate. Inside the Cathedral is the famous choir which was ordered by Julius II at the beginning of the 16th century. A 19th century cloister connects the cathedral to the Little Sistine Chapel which was built by Pope Sistus IV during the late 15th century as a mausoleum for his parents.
Best of Genoa
After a beautiful panoramic drive, you’ll reach Genoa (Genova), the city of Christopher Columbus (Cristoforo Colombo), and home to Europe's largest Aquarium. If you cruise because you love the sea, then visiting the Aquarium of Genoa can be a truly emotional experience as you grapple with the concept of the immensity of the ocean you ride above and the richness it holds beneath. This unique experience unlocks a universe teaming with life and full of mysterious and strange creatures. Seals, dolphins, penguins, sharks, and fish of all shapes and colors accompany you along your path of discovery in this marine world. After your aquarium visit you will stop first at the panoramic terrace of Castelletto. From here you'll see the historical center of Genoa, the port and the “Lanterna” or lighthouse which is considered the symbol of the town. Next you'll enjoy a walking tour of the old city starting at the so-called “House of Colombo” near the medieval gate of “Porta Soprana”. On your walk you'll see the following highlights as your private guide explains them:
-Piazza De Ferrari- the contemporary heart of the town, with the Carlo Felice Opera House and beautiful fountains.
- Palazzo Ducale- the seat of the Doge and of the government of the Republic of Genoa with its neoclassical façade.
- Church of Saint Andrea- a masterpiece of Genoese baroque architecture (Baroque was the most important period in Genoese art) with two paintings by Peter Paul Rubens.
- Cathedral of San Lorenzo- Built in the 13th century, it is a good example of gothic architecture. Several renovations throughout the ages have also left their mark, and with the variety of art shown one next to the other your visit gives you a virtual course in Italian Art history.
- Piazza San Matteo- the best preserved example of a medieval residential quarter. San Matteo was the square of the Doria family area, and still maintains most of its medieval look, including beautiful palaces, porticoes, and traditional black and white striped facades. While you are in Genoa you will also have free time to enjoy lunch on your own. You return to the port in Savona later this afternoon.
Portofino and the Tigullio Coast
Portofino has long been and still remains a capital of high society and the so-called 'jet set', but it is also so much more than that. It is a bay and village of astonishing beauty with an important natural pier. It offers lush Mediterranean hillside forests and a charming village loaded with and history and beauty. Portofino began as a Phoenician port, then was ruled by Rome and finally served the Republic of Genoa. It is a cultural meeting point and has been loved by writers and philosophers like Nietzsche, Maupassant and Truman Capote who all lived here. Your walking tour of Portofino includes the Oratory of Santa Maria Assunta, where it is possible to see the traditional “Cristi”, a huge Crucifix that is carried through the town by the faithful during religious processions. You will also visit the church of San Giorgio on top of the promontory, with its extraordinary view down onto the village. You will walk to the Lighthouse, through the verdant Regional Park and up to a terrace outlook facing the tranquil Tigullio Gulf. By the time you have finished with your private guided tour you too will understand why this place is so highly regarded and famous the world over. This afternoon you’ll drive to Camogli, a very typical Tigullio coastal fishing village. The houses which are painted in strong colors will make you think that you stepped into your favorite painting. Here you’ll be able to taste a ligurian lunch (not included) with specialties like “pasta col pesto” an absolute must if you enjoy pesto, or local fish dishes with “focaccia di Recco”.
After a tour of Camogli and time for lunch you'll return to Savona.
Outlet Shopping Excursion
This full day excursion is for those who love fashion and love to shop! Your English speaking driver will meet you at the pier in Savona where you will immediately depart for one of the largest and best Outlet Malls in Italy. The McArthur Glen outlet shopping center is located in Serravalle. You will find over 180 shops including the best Italian and International brands available for you at incredible prices. Among the stores are Trussardi, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Nike, Adidas, Cavalli, Prada, Zegna, Aspesi, Guess, Moschino, Dell'Acqua, Bulgari, Bottega Verde, Fratelli Rossetti, Salvatore Ferragamo, United Colors of Benetton, and many more incldung American brands.



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