Logo del Giardino della Tartaruga, con simbolo della tartaruga

A family home in old Genoa


Il Giardino della Tartaruga is located on the fourth floor of a 19th-century building in a quiet area on the edge of the Old Town, offering comprehensive hospitality services. Our staff is made up in part of young people with Down syndrome. They are responsible for welcoming guests and managing the four rooms and the large common area, which includes a lounge, a reading room, and a tree-lined, flower-filled garden where breakfast is served.


A garden on the fourth floor? Well, yes, we are in Genoa, a city on a slope, among hills, terraces, and hidden gardens, near the historic Castelletto elevator of Caproni’s poem… In our apartment, you can feel the connection with the city, from the traditional “mezzeri” (decorative block-printed cloths) used in all the rooms to the furniture made by local artisans and artists, and the breakfast with freshly baked “fugassa” (focaccia).


In addition to fresh focaccia every morning, our breakfast includes hot and cold drinks, yogurt, fresh fruit, croissants, and a selection of pastries. We can also provide a savory breakfast upon request. Identical options are also offered in a gluten-free version because we are part of the “eat-out” network of the Italian Celiac Disease Association, as explained on the Gluten-free page of this website.

The Old Town with its “caruggi” (narrow streets), medieval churches, and Rolli Palaces is a five-minute walk away and the Aquarium is about a quarter of an hour away.


The B&B is divided into four rooms: a double room, two family rooms, and a small apartment with a private fully equipped kitchen, for a total of sixteen guests. The staff, divided into two alternating teams, is available in the morning until about 1:00 pm. After this time, you can enter independently with an access code or key card.

Porta Siberia

The smallest and most intimate room. A double bed (140 cm wide) that can be used as a single or as a double.

It’s positioned sideways from the main street and is furnished in an understated modern style, in which a few period elements stand out, such as the wooden wardrobe with a mirrored door that echoes the parquet floor of the early 20th century. Of course, there is a mezzero with the design of a Blue Classic Tree of Life.


This room is particularly suitable for those who come to Genoa for work or to study as it has a desk and armchair. It also has a television, safe, mini fridge, and kettle.

The bathroom is fairly small but it has everything you need, including a hair dryer.

Porta Soprana

The largest and most “glamourous” room. It’s divided into two separate rooms, it overlooks Via Caffaro through two tall, bright windows fitted with soundproof glass, even though the top floors are already rather quiet.

The ceiling was decorated in tempera paint at the end of the 19th century and it still boasts vibrant colors and delicate hues. In contrast to the rich ceiling decorations and the Genoese marble chip floor, the furniture is linear and essential, enhanced by the blue tones of the mezzero used as a bedspread and the upholstery.

Speaking of mezzeri, do you know the history of these typical cloths of Genoa? They were imported from India in the 16th century and were first used as clothing accessories by noblewomen and then they became popular among the wider population and were used as decor.

The room can accommodate up to five people (a maximum of four adults and one child), as it’s equipped with a double bed and a sleeper chair in the main room and a double sofa bed in the entrance hall. It has two desks and two televisions, a safe, mini fridge, and kettle.

The generous bathroom has a large shower and a double sink. A hair dryer is provided.

Porta degli Archi

The most romantic room features tones of pink and furnishings that recall the house’s original era of the late 1800s, particularly the wood paneling that covers the perimeter of the room and the mezzero with the classic double Tree of Life design.

Just like the Porta Soprana room, it overlooks Via Caffaro and is very quiet because of the location on a high floor and because of the soundproof glass windows.

It’s equipped with a king-size bed and a double sofa bed, so it can be used as a family room for four people. It has a television, safe, mini fridge and kettle.

The modern and elegant bathroom has all the modifications to be used by persons with disabilities and follows the principles of the Design for All concept that combines pleasing aesthetics with mobility impairments inclusivity. A hair dryer is provided.

Porta Pila

The most comprehensive option. The fully equipped kitchen provides independence, without taking away from the Tartaruga’s hospitality as breakfast is still included.

It consists of a living area with a double sofa bed and a kitchen, including a dishwasher, refrigerator, and induction stove, and a double bedroom with a third single bed. It can accommodate up to five people. A kettle, safe, and two televisions are provided.

The windows overlook our garden, providing a natural and peaceful view. Inside is a simple, modern decor with a large desk for working or studying. There is no shortage of reminders of the past, such as the red Tree of Life mezzeri and an old Genoese table still complete with a rolling pin and kneading board.

The bathroom is not huge but has a nice large shower and is equipped with a hair dryer.