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“Faded splendour”

Villa Durazzo Pallavicini
Ranked #43 of 287 things to do in Genoa
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Discover the wonder inside you in the spectacular esoteric park of Villa D. Pallavicini! The Pallavicini Park of Pegli was built between 1840 and 1846. Designed by architect Michele Canzio, at the behest of Marquis Ignazio Alessandro Pallavicini, it is an outstanding example of an Italian and European romantic historical garden. A unique aspect of this garden spread over 8 hectares of hills is its theatrical structure featuring esoteric and Masonic nuances and making every visit a historical, cultural and botanical experience steeped in meditation, philosophy and panoramic scenes. A walk through the park offers views abounding with lakes, streams, waterfalls, garden buildings and furnishings, rare plants, the most ancient collection of camellias, glimpses of views and ‘scenic tricks’ capable of seizing the external scenery and of almost endlessly stretching the borders of this “magical” place. Services: bistro, special guided visits, audio guides in 6 languages
Reviewed July 14, 2013

I imagine that this park, if it was properly maintained, would be absolutely stunning. Unfortunately it isn't- paths are covered with weeds, there are very few helpful sign posts so you can easily miss out large areas of the park, lots of routes are blocked off, and the free map you're given at the entrance isn't particularly clear. The lake area with the follies around it is pretty, but it is quite sad to see the park in such a poor state of repair. I have read that there is an underground cave complex which you used to be to explore on a small boat- this sounds amazing, and this place really could be great, but it needs a LOT of work and investment first. Definitely not suitable for anyone with mobility issues, or small children who are unsteady on their feet!

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Reviewed May 29, 2012

We decided ti visit Villa Durazzo one afternoon as the weather wasn't hot enough for the beach, we were excited to see all the beautiful gardens as described in the guide books. Unfortunately it didn't live up to expectations. There was a lot of maintenance needed to be done on the gardens and paths. We also visited the coffee shop, after asking for a caffe latte (yes i know it was after 12pm but I'm english and I'm on my holiday) the man point blank refused to give me one, instead he gave us 2'caffe' in plastic cups, even though ceramic was on the side. We drank, paid and left and didnt even get a thankyou-quite different to the lovely welcome we have had in other parts of Genoa! Seems like they need to spend a bit more time on bringing the standards back up to their previous glory.

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