Art & Architecture Tours

THE ROLLI PALACES AND UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE

HIGHLIGHTS
-In your private tour ….be impressed by the solid volume, the severe attitude of the stone mansions called ” Palazzi dei Rolli “, admire the golden elegance of the stucco decoration and the frescos of the former residences of the nobles.
-Gaze at the proud expression of the gentlemen’ Van Dyck Baroque portraits and be wrapped in the sumptuous colors of the Italian painters
-Be surprised by the contrast of the neighbors walking along the narrow “carruggi“ and breathe in the medieval atmosphere.
Please note: In 2020 Palazzo Rosso will be closed for maintenance and restoration. The visit will include a different mansion-museum until the reopening. More info on demand.

Website Palazzi dei Rolli

  • Tour price: From euro 190.00 (1 to 4 guests). This tour can be added to a city tour for a full day experience.
  • Inclusion: Professional, English speaking, local tourist guide (other languages on request), licensed for Genoa and its cultural heritage plus admission ticket to Palazzo Rosso at Strada Nuova.
  • Languages: The tour can be requested also in English, Spanish, Italian
  • Exclusions: Entrance fee to other palaces you may choose to visit
  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours
  • Meeting Point: Genoa’s downtown or other pick up point on request
  • Operating days: Tuesday to Sunday
  • Please note: Moderate amount of walking. Steps into and within the palazzo. No wheelchair access

HIGHLIGHT ON GENOA’S MUSEUMS

Our city is proud to host some public museums in particular and unique settings. The collections of paintings and sculptures are masterpieces, as well as the fresco and stucco decorations of the former noble residences, where the collections are displayed. From the loggias you can admire the courtyards and gardens that were an integral part of every noble residence.
In your private tour you can:

– Be a guest of Palazzo Rosso, as it was when the Duchess Maria Brignole Sale donated it to the city. Listen to the story of one of the most famous local families of Doges and Ambassadors, at home in both the Spanish and the French Royal Court. Admire their Van Dyck portraits which have hung in the same room since the 17th century. A strong contrast with the modern fittings of Palazzo Bianco and its Flemish art collection.
Please note: In 2020 Palazzo Rosso will be closed for maintenance and restoration.

– Step into Palazzo Doria Tursi, be amazed by the mascarons above the windows and the majestic marble portal. Our present City Hall in this palazzo houses the mayor’s boardrooms and in select rooms you will find the precious violin Guarnieri which belonged to Paganini, a son of Genoa, and the world famous Penitent Magdalen by Canova, impressive in her realism.

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– Look for the hidden jewel of the old town: the National Gallery of Palazzo Spinola di Pellicceria and learn the story of the furs and the artisans who created them. You will see original furniture, porcelain, fresco decorations, paintings of Rubens and Van Dyck and more, even a “galerie de glaces”: the wondrous home as commissioned in the 17th century by our host, the independent Lady Maddalena, to celebrate the family.

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Feel the regal atmosphere of the National Gallery of Palazzo Reale, an outstanding unique residence and  a treasure trove of the best interior design of the 17th, 18th and 19th century. The perfect setting for its collection of tapestries, paintings and sculpture

  • Tour price: From euro 190.00 (1 to 4 guests). This tour could include all or some of the above mentioned museums according to your wish and time available. This tour can be added to a city tour for a full day experience.
  • Inclusion: Professional tourist guide licensed for Genoa and its cultural heritage, plus admission ticket to Musei di Strada Nuova (Palazzo Rosso, Bianco, Doria Tursi).
  • Languages: The tour can be requested in English, Spanish, Italian.
  • Exclusions: Palazzo Reale and Spinola entrance fees. They could depend on the possible temporary exhibitions at the time. Entrance fee from euro 6.00 per person (2019)
  • Duration: Approximately 2 hours, extra time fee on request.
  • Meeting Point: Genoa’s downtown or other pick up points on request.
  • Operating days: Tuesday to Sunday (Musei di Strada Nuova). Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Spinola have different opening times. Their availability will depend on the requested day and time of visit.
  • Please note: Not all the museums are suitable for persons with walking difficulties however lifts are present in most of them. Please ask for details.

REMEMBER ME (Staglieno, the monumental cemetery of Genoa)

– One of the most famous monumental cemeteries in Europe, an important artistic and historic heritage of Genoa.
Here the sculpture is the true protagonist of the complex, showing you the evolution of the Italian art between 1800 e 1900, from neoclassicism to realism through symbolism and art nouveau. Angels, females figures, children, flowers: its grave decorations have been reproduced all over the world.
The most important testimonial of the western society of the periods and in specific the testimonial of the growing city of Genoa , at the time, a leading trade and industrial city in Europe. That’s why it is also a catalogue of fashion , furniture and behaviors and customs of the society of the period.
The place impressed many illustrious visitors such as Twain , Nietzsche, Maupassant, Waugh as you will be. More than 100 thousands graves and 300 chapels : some many! Your private tour will offer you a selection of not-to be-missed masterpieces among a thousand ones spread in 33 hectars.

  • Tour price: Euro 160,00
  • Inclusion: Professional, English speaking, local tourist guide (other languages on request), licensed for Genoa and its cultural heritage
  • Languages: The tour can be requested also in English, Spanish, Italian
  • Exclusions: Trasportation. Proposals on demand.
  • Duration: Approx 2,30 hours
  • Meeting Point: At the cemetery or other pick up point on demand.
  • Operating days: Every day according to the opening hours of the complex.
  • Please note: Moderate amount of walking. Steps, moderate steep alleys and uneven soil.