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“Great Palazzo, concerning style of visit”

Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola
Ranked #28 of 313 things to do in Genoa
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed August 12, 2012

An other genovese gem of riches, style and history. Good art collection with a finale ona high: a Ruebens. Also good textile exihinit on last floor.

Try to get there at allocated times for visits and even if yo speak Italian, preted you don't - you may end up with a knowledgeable chaperron (visitors must stay together at all times and be suprevised) . We had an unfortunate soul who clearly hated his job and could not see why we bother spending more than a few minutes in a room.

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Reviewed June 21, 2012

I recently attended two concerts at Palazzo Spinola and was delighted to revisit the museum. Not much has changed since my review in 2010, but I enjoyed the museum tremendously and wonder why more people don’t stop in! They have added additional signage to direct you to the museum, as it’s in the heart of the old city along Via della Maddalena on Vico della Posta Vecchia and this area seems a bit dark. But I’ve gotten to enjoy this ethnically diverse neighborhood with its unusual groceries, great deli, tiny workshops, the only mosque I know of in Genova and the brazen street walkers. I’ve never had any problems, but of course do watch your belongings.

The museum is really wonderful and gives you an excellent idea of the typical atmosphere of the wealthy living in Genova during the 17th and 18th century. It houses some beautiful paintings, furniture and decorations in stunning frescoed, gold leafed rooms.

What I would like to update readers on, is the concert series offered at the museum which usually takes place from late April to the end of June, with occasional concerts throughout the year. The world wide acclaimed Conseratorio N. Paganini provides the wonderful young student musicians to play for this lovely, very diverse series of primarily classical music concerts. Each concert showcases different musical talents and often a newly composed piece will be featured. The setting is magical, in a grand, frescoed room and the music seeps out into the courtyard and surrounding narrow streets. Upcoming concerts are October 6th and 13th 2012 at 4:30 and they last about 1 ½ hours. The admission to the museum is still only 4 eu and it’s free to attend the concert with your admission! Check out the website www.palazzospinola.it. Yesterday I was delight to hear the piano and clarinet pared to play Schumann, Schubert, Debussy, Verdi and Carmen by Borne. It was a wonderful concert in the most wonderful setting! While wandering Via Garibaldi, you are just a few minutes walk from Palazzo Spinola and I would highly recommend spending a hour or so in this lovely Palace. Do take advantage of their free lockers,(on the right just after showing your ticket) to unload your heavy guide books and belongings. Pictures without flash were OK one day, but on my second recent visit, one guard said no pictures! I also agree with the previous reviewer that the restaurant Locanda Spinola is very good and servers up some delightful fish dishes and is definitely a favorite restaurant among locals! Have a great time in Genova!

4  Thank AnnArborMHT
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Reviewed May 25, 2012

This is one of the many Genoa palaces that is now an art museum. This one contains much of its original furniture as well. There are some very famous works here, including Dutch masters. The first few floors are still the original palace. The top floor--which was the servants' quarters, of course--was damaged in WW2. It was rebuilt as a modern, temperature-controlled gallery, although the original kitchen is still there, stocked with antique pottery and such. We very nearly left without going into the farthest corner of the attic, but thank goodness we went into that last little space. There hangs the very famous Rubens portrait of Gio Carlo Doria on a white stallion. (Mussolini once sold it to Hitler, can you imagine?) We sat on a black leather couch and enjoyed it for a while, as we were the only people on the floor. The entry fee for this museum was minimal, just a few Euros, yet it was nearly empty. A hidden gem, perhaps--but not that hidden. It was easy to find and well signed. Speaking of signs, the museum's signage is only in Italian. Easy enough to see the name of the artist, of course, but I couldn't make out much more than that. This palace sits in the middle of the medieval part of the city, which is fascinating in itself. Bonus: look for a restaurant at the corner of this palace's square. It's called "Locanda Spinola," and it served amazing Genovese past and pesto.

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Reviewed May 1, 2012

This palace is worth seeking out for many reasons. First, the lovely roof terrace which is quiet and sunny - so peaceful compared to the bustle of the streets below. Second, the fabulous paintings - not every one - but some stunning ones are set apart and are true masterpieces. There is also the beautiful place itself, with its opulent furnishings, and its collection of plates. Don't miss the set of over 30 dessert plates, each with an individual pattern. The area is a little seedy but I would not be put off by this. The entrance fee is well worth it - on its own it is 4 euros. You can buy a combined ticket with the royal palace but make sure you check the opening times carefully as the royal palace is closed when you might not expect it - Weds afternoon for example.

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Reviewed January 6, 2012

Loved the old maps and seeing the Rubens in the final room. The view from the rooftop garden is very pretty

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