Guided tour, in Italian and in English, to discover the characteristic Carmine neighbourhood.
An itinerary, accompanied by an expert guide, to discover one of the most charming corner, characterized by tiny squares and narrow alleys with unusual and evocative names.
The tour starts at the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) in via Garibaldi 12r. Walking along via Garibaldi you reach Piazza del Portello to catch the lift to Spianata Castelletto to enjoy an enchanting view of the city and the port.
You proceed along Corso Carbonara to “Albergo dei Poveri” visiting the inside.
“Albergo dei Poveri” is an impressive building dated back to 1652, built at the behest of Emauele Brignole. Together with Oberto Della Torre, he was chosen by the Republic of Genova to follow the construction of a new shelter destined to the poor people of the city. Works were suspended after four years from the opening of the construction site due to a severe plague decimating the Genoese population. Works ended almost two hundred years later, after a long period of time during which the building was enlarged many times and only in 1835 it took on the current aspect.
After leaving “Albergo dei Poveri”, you take Salita San Bartolomeo del Carmine. Proceeding along the “creuze”, you reach the suggestive Carmine neighbourhood, a rural context of the past centuries in the heart of the city. It’s characterized by timeless corners, tiny squares and narrow alleys with unusual and evocative names such as vico della Fragola (Strawberry alley), vico del Cioccolatte (Milkchocolate alley), the charming piazza della Giuggiola (Jujube square), once the district of tanners, and piazza San Bartolomeo dell’Olivella, name deriving from the olive tree groves that once took up this pleasant hill. The small square is overlooked by the small church of San Bartolomeo dell’Olivella, today deconsecrated, whose origin is very old. The building, indeed, was built in 1305 at the behest of a generous Genoese, Bonagiunta Valente.
The church and the annexed convent once housed the Cistercian nuns.
Walking along the “creuze”, in a suggestive ups and downs, you reach Piazza del Carmine. Here it’s possible to admire the church Nostra Signora del Carmine e Sant'Agnese, one of the historical churches of Genova, that maintain intact one of the few rectangular drawing apses remained, unique in Genova, typical of the gothic of the Mendicant order of the XIII century.
Tour starts at 3.30pm from the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) in via Garibaldi 12r
TOUR DATES: Soon new dates for 2020
The tour, foreseen in Italian and English, will take place in two languages with a bilingual guide
Prices: Full price € 14,00; Concession (children 12-18 years old, adults over 65, or Card Musei holders) € 12,00; Children under 12 years old: free.
The ticket does not include the mandatory AMT ticket to take the lift for adults and kids more than 1,5m high, to be purchased at the lift starting point or at the newspaper stands.
Tickets can be purchased on line and at Tourist Information Offices
You can show up at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure of the tour bringing your confirmation voucher.
The purchased items will not be refunded in any way. A refund is foreseen only in case the service is not provided for reasons directly attributable to Comune di Genova.
In the event of a ‘red’ weather alert, following the Mayor's order, the tour is not guaranteed.
Reference code: CA001