Palazzo Doria Spinola

Palazzo Doria Spinola, Genoa: Address, Phone Number, Palazzo Doria Spinola Reviews: 4.5/5

Palazzo Doria Spinola
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53 reviews
Very good

Hereford, UK1,595 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
There is just so much to see, you could spend a whole week in the palace admiring the Frescoes, Furniture, Maps, Ceramics, Paintings, Sculptures, Fabrics and more. The old maps are an insight into what was known of the globe in the 17th century, whilst old-masters adorn many gallery walls.
Written September 4, 2017
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London, UK588 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
Set halfway between the palacio Rossi and the port it is another classic palace set out in the genovese 18th century style with a number of art works by some of the worlds greatest painters. A must for any art lover
Written October 18, 2016
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Andrew D
Milan, Italy156 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
We had an escorted tour yesterday and very much enjoyed the luxurious state rooms on the first and second floors.
The upper two stories were damaged in the second world war and have not been restored, but converted into modern galleries, albeit not displaying modern art! The displays here cover painting, ceramics and fashion.
There are good views from the small rooftop terrace.
Written August 15, 2015
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Peter R
London, UK59 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
Some wonderful old maps and the picture of Giovanni Carlo Doria by Rubens is worth the visit all by itself
Written April 29, 2015
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140 contributions
In Genova there are many palazzi, all beautiful and this is one of them. Beautiful rooms and paintings! Highly suggested if you like art
Written November 16, 2014
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Genoa, Italy1,639 contributions
Aug 2011 • Solo
Palazzo Doria Spinola is one of 42 Rolli Palaces (dating back to the 1500-1600’s) in Genova that was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2006. Rolli Palaces were built and owned by the Noble republican families of Genova and were the first example of exclusive public lodging in Europe, providing scrumptious accommodations to visiting cardinals, princes, governors, ambassadors and viceroy who came to Genova on state visits. These beautiful Renaissance and Baroque palaces are throughout the city but can be found primarily along Via Garibaldi, Via Balbi, Salitia S. Caterina and Via S. Luca. Many of these Rolli Palaces have been converted to public offices, beautiful shops (Palazzo Imperiale and Palazzo Orsini-see reviews), museums (Palazzo Rosso, Bianco, Tursi on Via Garibaldi-see reviews), cafes/restaurants (Caffe Cambi-see review), banks (go inside the first two banks on Via Garibaldi) luxury antique shops and private homes. Palazzo Doria Spinola was built in 1541 for Antonio Doria, handed down to the Spinola family (you will see their names everywhere!) and then purchased by the “Provincia di Genova” (government) in 1879 and is used as government office complex, and the Prefecture for the city of Genova. It’s located just a 10 minute walk from Piazza De Ferrari up Via Roma (stop in Via Roma #8 to see Palazzo Orsini) at the corner on Largo Eros Lanfranco #1. It’s an imposing looking building, but walk right in! It’s not really a “tourist site” and you won’t find it in the guide books, but it’s very interesting for those who enjoy frescoes and especially old maps. There is some basic information written in both Italian and English (done in 2004 when Genova was a European Cultural Capital or 2006 when it became a UNESCO site-I’m not sure) in the entry way; be sure to admire the frescoed hallway by Giovanni and Luca Cambiaso, ceilings and continue up the marble staircase into the courtyard. From the courtyard, continue to the second floor to locate some very interesting maps, which have been restored, of important cities including Venice, Florence, Rome, Milano, Jerusalem, Antwerp and of course Genova. It’s a wonderful palace to visit, completely free and it will give you a very good idea of the rich heritage of the city. The visit will take 10-20 minutes, depending on your interest in the maps. When done, continue down Salita Santa Caterina, to see more Rolli Palaces, into Piazza Fontane Marose and across to Via Garibaldi, our most famous street. Stop by one of the two main tourist offices (Via Garibaldi or in the Teatro Carlo Felice on Piazza De Ferrari) and ask for a brochure on the Palazzi dei Rolli. If you are interested in seeing more Palaces, feel free to contact me, I’m happy to help you enjoy Genova, which can look a bit rough around the edges, but has some delightful hidden treasures!
Written August 24, 2011
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