Genoa Events: the complete guide to the upcoming events in town

Genoa, known for being the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and Niccolò Paganini, is a beautiful city by the sea with the ancient port (“porto antico” in Italian) and the largest aquarium in Italy (and one of the biggest ones in Europe).

To enjoy sea and art of Zena (as it is called Genoa in Ligurian), it is essential to be informed about all genoa events.
You need a good list of upcoming events near Genoa Italy: StudentsVille Staff has selected a calendar of the best art exhibitions, concerts, festivals in town.

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  • Thanks to Mibact’s initiative “Io vado al Museo” Genoa State museums open free on first Sunday of month
  • The symbol of the city is the lighthouse, “La Lanterna”: port traffic lights and totem of genovesity. You can buy the tickets here to visit it.

Art Exhibitions

  • Banksy Exhibition, Palazzo Ducale, November 23rd 2019 – March 29th 2020

The exhibition brings together over 100 original pieces by the British artist. There are the very early freehand paintings, the result of Blek le Rat’s discovery and use of stencils. There are the silkscreens that Banksy considers a serial craft to spread his messages. There are installation objects and several numbered pieces, both handcrafted and industrial, many certificates and others attributed, which tell us about an artist without linguistic and experimental boundaries. Info: here.

  • “Bernardo Strozzi (1582/1644) – The conquest of colour”, Palazzo Lomellino, October 11th 2019 – January 12th 2020

Monographic exhibition dedicated to Bernardo Strozzi with more than forty works, fifteen of which have never been exhibited and five of which have never been exhibited before, which traces the main moments of the career of the “Genoese priest”, one of the leading artists of the seventeenth century known internationally. Info: here.

  • “Twenties in Italy. The Age of Uncertainty”, Palazzo Ducale, October 5th 2019 – March 1st 2020

Palazzo Ducale hosts the exhibition “Twenties in Italy – The Age of Uncertainty”, with over 100 works by authors including Giorgio De Chirico, Alberto Savinio, Scipione, Gino Severini, Carlo Carrà and others. The aim is to offer an original look at that decade, a century later. You can read more about it: here.

  • “Ivos Pacetti, Futurist Entrepreneur”, Musei di Nervi – Wolfsoniana, July 5th 2019 – January 19th 2020

The exhibition, organized with the support of the Archivio Pacetti – Studio Ernan Design of Albisola Superiore and loans from some of the main Italian collections of ceramics, aims to offer a 360° view of the multifaceted artistic activity of Ivos Pacetti, focusing on his production of pottery (even beyond futurism), but also documenting his experimental research in the field of photography and the most significant aspects of his intense pictorial activity.
Info: here.

  • Market Exhibition of Modern and Contemporary Art, Fiera di Genova, 14 – 17 February 2020

Genoa hosts four days of exhibitions, events and presentations in Pavilion B of the exhibition centre. A total immersion in modern and contemporary art: from the one already consecrated to the emerging one.
You can read more about it: here.

  • Raimondo Sirotti Retrospective, Palazzo Ducale, March 21th – June 7th 2020

Retrospective dedicated to Raimondo Sirotti (1934-2017), Italian painter, teacher and later president of the Ligustica Academy of Fine Arts in Genoa, as well as one of the protagonists of contemporary Italian painting.


  • “Cinepassioni – Storie di immagini e collezionismo”, Loggia della Mercanzia, April 13th 2018 – January 19th 2020

The exhibition was created with the intent to make known to the public three major collections, mostly unpublished, ranging from the origins of the history of cinema to today. This is the collection Cineteca D.W. Griffith, founded by Angelo Humouda, the Collection dedicated to Stefano Pittaluga and the Cine Ciak Collection, all born from a combination of passion for film and historical research. Info: here.

  • “Alfred Hitchcock in Universal Pictures films”, Palazzo Ducale, November 14th 2019 – March 8th 2020″

Photographs taken on cinema set and special content from the Universal Pictures archives take the audience backstage through Alfred Hitchcock’s main films, letting them discover curious details about the making of the most famous scenes, the use of the first special effects, the actors and the private life of the English director. You can read more about it: here.


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  • Massimo Volume, La Claque, January 17th 2020

Massimo Volume, one of the most important independent band in Italy since the nineties, are back in Genoa. They released their last album, “Il Nuotatore”, on February 1st 2019 and now they will do a tour in Italian rock clubs and on January 17th 2020 are in Genoa.
FB event: here.

  • Van der Graaf Generator, Teatro Politeama Genovese, April 5th 2020

Seven years after the last tour that also involved our country, back for an important anniversary Van Der Graaf: the English progressive rock band will be in fact in Italy to celebrate over fifty years of career with four dates in theaters. The Italian tour begins in Genoa, at Teatro Politeama Genovese.
Tickets: here.


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Festival, commemorations

  • Palio marinaro di San Pietro, June 2020

First Sunday in July: Palio marinaro di San Pietro, a palio that has been held in the waters of the gulf since 1955 and involves wooden fishing boats.

  • San Giovanni Battista, June 24th 2020

Patronal feast dedicated to St. John the Baptist.