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Villa del Principe

Address: Piazza del Principe 4, 16124 Genoa, Italy
Phone Number: 010-255509
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Ranked #22 of 139 Attractions in Genoa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Villa del Principe is the richest and most sumptuos noble household of the city of Genoa, the Villa of the only Prince Genoa ever had.It was 1529 when andrea doria, skilful admiral and legendary man of arms, began the constructions that would have lead to the rise of this wonderful Villa overlooking the Gulf of Genoa.To live its splendour once again it is sufficient to stroll through its halls, in wonder in front of its amazing fresco paintings and incredible tapestries.

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London, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
59 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This palazzo is a private museum with a hefty entrance fee (E 9,00) and and extra charge of 4 euros if you want to take photos (without flash). However, the light inside is so low that most of the pictures are hopelessly blurred. Still, its worth visiting because of some wonderful tapestries, many unusual hangings and fine examples of Genovese... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Amazing grounds and incredible furniture art works and tapestries. Not to be missed people say Genova has no great attractions, well they are wrong. It's like saying the only great classical works are by Vivaldi or Chopin. There are dozens of other less famous but equally refined delicate and superb works by other composers that are just not as commercial.... More

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This Palazzo was damaged during the war and is squeezed between the rail station and a thruway. It is rather decrepit inside and outside but retains an odd charm. Some beautiful tapestries are displayed and there is a valiant effort to revive what must have been a charming garden. There is an incongruous fee for picture taking.

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

I've also visit Palazzo Doria Pamphilj in Rome, and both are amazing. If you like art, arhitecture visit this spledid villa.

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Genoa, Italy
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219 attraction reviews
925 helpful votes 925 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

It's been a long time since I last visited this museum and unfortunately this most recent trip was disappointing. Previously the museum offered an audio guide which was essential to understanding the beautiful frescoes, works of art and the history, but it's been discontinued. I couldn't even locate anyone working who knew why or if they are just updating the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

This is one of the most special palaces in Italy. Its builder / owner(s), its history, the way in which the forces of modernity (C19 railways and port growth) have cut it and its gardens off from its former position of command of the water and the mountain (garden) behind, and finally, the very great art works inside, are a... More

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acle norfolk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

we went to see this on our last morning as it was opposite our appartment and it was extremely interesting lovely seeing the ornate rooms and the gardens and statues fantastic

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

Excellent collection of tapestries, frescoes and appointments and a view of the sea. The formal gardens are a bit thin and worn.

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

After reading the other reviews I visited this wonderful Villa and felt as if we were stepping back in time. The villa has incredible frescoes by Perin Del Vaga, one of Raphael's pupils, and was commissioined by Andrea Doria, known as the "Liberator of the Republic of Genoa", but even more incredible are the two enormous tapestries depicting the life... More

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Genoa, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2011

I agree, almost completely with the previous reviewer (JandApe), this is a marvelous museum with much to see and it's unfortunate that it's off the main tourist area, as it's well worth a visit. I have been twice, once while the incredible Caravaggio's painting Flight to Egypt was used to bring in tourist for it's reopening after many years of... More

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