Palazzi dei Rolli
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On 13 July 2006, the site"Genoa: le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli" entered UNESCO’s World Heritage List of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Forming an organic urban unit, the site is made up of late-Renaissance and Baroque streets and squares lined by over a hundred palaces belonging to the city’s noble families. The grandest residences, each with its own architectural style and individual character, were an official lists (Rolli), and lots were drawn to decide which palace would have the privilege of playing host to visiting state dignitaries. Often erected on sloping ground, the Palazzi dei Rolli were designed according to the sequence atrium-courtyard-grand staircase-gardens and boast richly decorated interiors. They embody a distinctive social and economic identity and mark the beginning of the era of modern urban architecture in Europe.
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AnnArborMHT
Genoa, Italy1,657 contributions
Jul 2012 • Solo
Visitors not familiar with Genova might be confused regarding this TA site, Palazzi dei Rolli, because it’s the general name for all the Rolli Palaces in the city, not one specific site. A Rolli Palace is the name given to the beautiful Renaissance and Baroque palaces throughout the city and concentrated on Via Garibaldi (also called Strade Nuove). They were used as public hospitality centers, housing heads of state, ministers, and visiting dignitaries on official visits to Genova. The owners of these Rolli Palaces were obligated to host, at their own expense, in their extravagant homes, with beautiful gardens, courtyards and frescoed ceilings, thus attracting famous artists and royalty to Genova.

There are 42 Palazzi dei Rolli which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, dating from the 1500-1600’s and can be identified by the red diamond sign on the outside of each palace. The majority are concentrated on Via Garibaldi, Via Balbi, Salita S Caterina and Via S Luca. The Tourist Office many have two helpful brochures on the Palazzi dei Rolli-look for Genova and the Rolli Palaces (free) and Genova and its Treasures (currently 1 eu and well worth it!). Make sure you pick up the language you want! Several Palaces are free to visit; others charge admission, some you can just wander in, as they are used for businesses. Always look up! And don’t be shy about wandering in and out of the Palaces! ... if you see an open door, go in! Enjoy your time in Genova!
Written July 10, 2012
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TwixtTwain
Houston, TX224 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
If you buy the combined ticket, go to the Palazzo Bianco first, then the Rosso. The flow of the presentation of the art history makes more sense in that order. No one at the ticket booth offered any guidance and you could see them in random order. The Palazzo Rosso has a fabulous overlook of the city center from the "widows walk" at the very summit of the roof.
Written July 8, 2013
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Bernard
London, UK214 contributions
Jun 2014 • Friends
The 3 palazzi museums - Rosso, Bianco and Tursi - all part of the Palazzi die Rolli are located on one of the best streets in Genoa, the Via Garibaldi. All three buildings are museums, run mainly as art galleries. One ticket buys entrance to all three palazzi. Palazzo Rosso is the largest of the three with 6 floors and a fine view of the city from the roof. There are some historic interiors, but mainly rooms arranged as a modern art gallery. Good works by Van Dyck. Palazzo Bianco also has some good art work and more importantly, access to the garden, something that is not possible to visit elsewhere. Palazzo Tursi houses a set of fine tapestries, two important violins, some stunning blue and white pottery (medical jars) and many coins from Genovese trading history. An interesting collection, especially if you enjoy applied arts.
All three museums can easily be visited in one day without being overloaded. There is a good cafe as well, where a meal can be purchased for 12 euros, good value and good food. The combined ticket costs 9 euros, but there are discounts for museum pass holders etc. This is a highlight of any visit to Genova and should not be missed.
Written July 26, 2014
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Clareymacagram
Perth, Australia145 contributions
Aug 2014 • Solo
All these palazzi are amazing and beautiful, however Palazzo Rosso was my favourite. Personally my interest is in the architecture and frescoes, as opposed to artwork and collections, so I preferred Palazzo Rosso to Palazzi Bianchi and Tursi. Palazzo Rosso also has an amazing viewing platform on the roof which is a spectacular spot for panoramic city pics. I think this viewing platform is actually a better than Spianata Castelletto as it provides 360 degree views. Staff here were also very accommodating and friendly.
Written August 31, 2014
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Viridiana2012
Bologna, Italy721 contributions
Apr 2013 • Couples
If you don't have much time, go at least to the Palazzo Bianco to see the Caravaggio painting. It is really worth. Lots of good flemish paintings also in the Palazzo Rosso
Written April 28, 2013
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EsmeBennion
Chicago, Il256 contributions
Jun 2013 • Friends
They bulilt trophy houses in Genoa to out do the neighbors! Fantastic palaces crammed next to each other along a block with only an 8 m street width . But amazing architecture and all and very well maintained now as UNESCO world hertiage. We wlaked from train station so went round Reale first. UP many stpes to top grand floor is worth the climb - amazing rook with mirrors, and king and queen bedrooms. I was amused queen's bed is wider than king. ( maybe he visits her but not vv?) Be sure to walk out on upper deck/ tiled promenade and view port and garden below.

free tickets for over 65 Euro, so take proof. Get duo with Spinale too
Written June 23, 2013
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DoglawyerATX
Austin, TX158 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
The palaces are interesting to see as you walk down this lovely street. But if you wander off the main street, or even just look down a side street, you see how over run with crime Genoa is. Prostitutes and drug dealers at work steps away from the only thing of value in Ganoa. This town was disgusting, and there doesn't seem to be any effort to clean it up. Wish we hadn't wasted time visiting and would recommend no one else make the same mistake.
Written June 17, 2019
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950hello123
London, UK23 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
A must in Genoa just stroll down the street and if you have a spare couple of hours go inside the museums, if you are stuck for time however go to palazzo reale instead as its a lot better value for money.
Written July 16, 2015
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Emma8801
Milan, Lombardia, Italy101 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
My partner and I decided to visit the palaces during our day trip in genoa. The tickets are 9 euro per person and allows you into both bianco, trusi and rosso. We found bianco and tursi to be quite plan and didn't spend as much time in it as we did rosso. Rosso was beautiful with amazing paintings on the roof. You can also go on top of the roof and over look the city which is amazing. If visiting this make sure you allow yourself enough time.
Written April 6, 2014
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lilly l
Brussels, Belgium124 contributions
May 2013 • Couples
Just strolling in the city center and discovering more and more historical palazzos is a pleasure. I'd recommend to go there at the very end of May when the Rolli Days are taking place (check the internet) - some of the - privately owned- palazzi are open to public. And even if you don't (ou can't) go in, just don't hesitate to take a look at their inner courts that are generally for free...
Written May 30, 2013
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